Like other great love songs, “I’ll Set the Fire,” the new single from Amos the Kid, makes you want to feel loved like that. It features frontman Amos Nadlersmith at his most intimate, quiet, and loving.
Ghoskeeper’s Multidimensional Culture sounds whimsical, nostalgic, mystical, and weird. Variously inspired by pow wow music, the great pop bands of the 60s, and seemingly more subgenres than could be neatly listed, the record feels as complicated as it does Canadian.
There is perhaps no cliché more prominent in music reviews than the one of the artist who refuses to be pigeonholed into one genre. Well, dear reader, that cliché is alive and well with Jeremy Haywood-Smith, aka Jaywood’s new album Slingshot, a dreamy and dynamic collection of musings that represent his first full-length release since 2019’s Time. It’s a deeply moving record that is the result of a tumultuous few years for Jeremy, with personal and global events giving him much to reflect on musically.
Released just in early June of 2022, Sentimentalist is Emma Worley’s powerful debut album. The album features several different musicians, including Ben Whiteley on bass and cello, Drew Jureka on viola and violin, Karen Ng on clarinet, Jasper Smith on electric guitar, Miles Breithaupt as well as Caitlin Comeau-Jarvis both doing backing vocals, and of course, not to forget, the one and the only Emma Worley, who did lead vocals, acoustic guitar, and vibraphone. These incredibly talented musicians and songwriters give absolute emotional depth to the album.
With a soft peel into the bustling Winnipeg music scene, alt-folk project Well Sister has been releasing regularly since 2020 after her EP Sacred Sites came out in 2015. Katabasis is Jaymie Von Riesen’s first full-length album as her music project Well Sister.
The niece of well-known Canadian singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer, Georgia Harmer brings a similar brand of mellow indie-folk to her aunt’s style on Stay In Touch. Mixed in with this influence is a strong indie-rock sound that brings a quite entrancing facet to the album, showcasing Georgia’s talents as a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter all at once.
Released in early 2022, If It’s Not Forever is a six-track EP written and sung by Cassidy Mann. Her newest release is a combination of light-electronic and acoustic vibes, the type of soft tones you might hear playing gently in a coffee shop or bookstore. As a whole, the EP tells the story of love lost and the journey of carrying on as a stronger self.
It’s grimy, it’s catchy, and it’s distorted. Vancouver power trio Night Court’s newest record is everything you’d want from a punk release. Throughout its short runtime, Nervous Birds! Too presents sensational melodies that cut right through the lo-fi, greasy guitar riffs, creating an electrifying listening experience.
The EP From theHills, Beaten Roads, Down to the Trees by Sam Singer was released May 27, 2022. This short and sweet folk-rock EP with five songs, running approximately 16 minutes, was recorded at the Secret Beach, mixed by Micah Erenberg and mastered by J Riley Hill at No Fun Club. The artwork by Giuliana Guzzi-Gold, who also appears on the EP as a backup singer, depicts the hills, beaten roads and the treesas a sublime yet rugged flowing dreamscape of earthy pastel colours.
The opening track and lead single of Songs from The Secret Beach by The Secret Beach is called “The Secret Beach.” So, what (and who and where) is The Secret Beach? If this were a murder mystery, “Micah Erenberg in the Interlake with the Tascam 388 Recording Console” would be an accurate, albeit inadequate answer. The Secret Beach contains multitudes. It is the evening behind the wind and a cat pawing at static on a TV screen. It is looking for a way out while knowing it needs to be there to be the one for everybody it will become. It is Existential Interlake Psych-Surf.