Rosie June – Listening Post 


Listening Post, Rosie June’s debut album, was originally independently released in 2013. Inspired by what he heard, Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene fame signed June to his independent record label, Draper Street Records, calling it one of his favourite albums of the year. June’s album certainly does fit into a similar aesthetic as Canning’s own work, and her work hopefully sets the tone for the type of music we can expect from his label. The album opens with “Broadway,” a standout track that signals to things to come as June’s vocals float over seamless synths and gentle, but bright, percussion. The first half of the album remains similarly upbeat, before tracks such as “Airport Lines” and “Lion on Your Side” reveal the more melancholic side of June’s voice. Here, percussion is pared down and the listener is invited into her reflections on relationships and loss amongst whimsical and lush arrangements. While comparable to other Canadian acts such as Montreal’s Stars or BSS, Listening Point remains unique and deserves the second chance that it will hopefully receive with Draper Street Records’ re-release.  (Draper Street Records, Danielle Marion


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