I was off for a couple of weeks, but I did managed to stay on top of the hundreds of music submissions that constantly come in. Here are five from the last seven days that I think you’ll find interesting.
1. Modest Mouse, Ice Cream Party
Recommended If You Like: Quirky stuff
The last thing Modest Mouse released was a triangle-shaped(!!!) record for Record Store Day (go here and here for those two songs). Now comes a new “musical installment” (their words) of a dreamy single accompanied by a video featuring balloon animals and, yes, ice cream. No sight of an album yet even though it’s been over four years since Strangers to Ourselves.
2. Sarah Harmer, New Low
Are You Gone (Arts & Crafts)
RIYL: Canadian songstresses
To put this single into perspective, the last time Sarah released any new music, Barack Obama was still in the first year of his presidency and the hot new smartphone was the iPhone 3GS. The full album is set for released February 21. Among the tracks will be What I Was to You, a tribute to Gord Downie.
3. ren, mind games
RIYL: The Next Big Thing?
She’s just 17 years old, but Geffen Records sees something special in this Toronto singer after discovering her on SoundCloud. There’s been an online buzz for a while thanks to two earlier singles. Comparisons have been made to both Amy Winehouse and Joni Mitchell. Obviously someone to watch.
4. Basement Revolver, Wax and Digital
Wax and Digital EP (Sonic Unyon)
RIYL: Delicate Canadian indie rock that sounds like it was recorded in a bedroom
Melancholic, quasi-shoegaziness from a Hamilton band that might be on the verge of some kind of breakout. Back in 2016, their debut found them love from press across North American and Europe. Good music for a late fall’s evening.
5. Wolfmother, Chase the Feeling feat. Chris Chester
RIYL: Aussie rock
There hasn’t been a Wolfmother album since 2015’s Victorious as leader Andrew Stockdale has decided that a stream of singles is the way to go. The latest features the combined efforts of the two highest-selling Australian rock bands over the last twenty years: Wolfmother, the chunky, riffy Australian powerhouse returns with help from Cester, a member of the chunky, riffy, Australian powerhouse Jet.
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