Philadelphia Pop Songstress Zula Palmer Instills Thoughtful Disquietude with Dark New Single, “Wife”

Fri May 20, 2022

If you want to shrug off all naivete, become a waitress. This simple truth is inherent in Philadelphia/London pop chanteuse Zula Palmer’s understatedly searing new single “Wife” – available now – about all the ways middle-aged men can be awful, harassing and cringey… Particularly in the company of young women who are, literally, a captive audience.

Check out “Wife” on YouTube here:

Dark and synth-y with syncopated beats, “Wife” is magnetic and compelling specifically because of what it doesn’t say as much as what it does. Many of the lyrical stanzas cut off before the end of certain thoughts and phrases, only to begin with what seems like a new thought or scenario. Taken together, however, feelings of anger emerge, as well as incredulity.

Son of James Release, “Mama Never Told Me” Against Alarming Rise of Asian-Canadian Hate Crimes

Fri May 20, 2022

Canadian band Son of James harnesses a fusion of musical influence to highlight the rise in discriminatory attacks against Asian-Canadians during the Covid-19 pandemic, with his heart-stopping new single, “Mama Never Told Me” – check it out on YouTube here:

Dripping with heart and soul, “Mama Never Told Me” is a sonically smooth experience filled with soulful guitar playing and stellar saxophone work. Rich embellishments reveal themselves in the form of brilliant piano playing and soaring vocal performances. “Mama Never Told Me” tells a relatable tale about the most important woman in our life with all of the rhythmic complexity that Son of James is known for.

Grunge Alt-Rocker Sivan Langer Reveals Electrifying New Rock Anthem in “Three Monkey Song”

Fri May 20, 2022

There’s no monkey business involved on Sivan Langer’s electrifying rock anthem, “Three Monkey Song”... The grunge rocker with a song on his soul bursts out of the jungle with this exciting up-tempo track  - watch it on YouTube here:

“The song was written when I lived in Tel Aviv as a student, finishing my first degree, but I didn't finish all the parts,” explains Langer. “The outro section was added just before the recording sessions started because the song was too short.

“I liked the idea of the ‘stops’,” he continues. “It's unusual in music since it requires considerable coordination between the instruments.”

Powerhouse Canadian R&B Singer Simone Miller Reveals Heart-Wrenching New Release, “Older”

Fri May 20, 2022

Nothing hits harder and cuts deeper than midnight reflections on our life, wishing we could go back in time to warn ourselves of future heartache. It’s this encapsulating retelling so beautifully captured by Canadian R&B artist Simone Miller that makes her newest single, “Older” — available now — so breathtaking.

Check it out on YouTube here:

The song reveals a passionately vulnerable and spectacular reflection on the struggles of adolescence. Perched between the life changes and fast-paced decision-making that happens in high school and the reality of our decisions, “Older” feels like Miller’s plea for forgiveness to her younger self – a naïve and optimistic child with bright eyes and a green heart facing certainties that have hit in the blink of an eye when least expected.

Canadian Alt-Rockers Season Of The Senses Are “Ever”-Present With Release of New Single!

Fri May 20, 2022

Canadian rockers Season Of The Senses have created an alternative, fist-pumping anthem you’ll spin on repeat, in their latest offering, “Ever” – check out the YouTube here:

The electrifying, rock and roll, synth-infused drop is a myriad of emotions ranging from the depths of the human condition to rising up and starting over. While “Ever” bursts out of your speakers upbeat and served on a platter of alt-tinged pop, Seasons of the Senses (Elena Stocco [lead vocals], Christian Pritchard [guitars, bass, synth], Rob Clarkson [bass, guitars, and synths], Maxwell He [drums], Damian Weston [synths, guitars and bass]) reveal that at its core, the song truly speaks to a deeper and more personal experience.

JUNO-Winning Vocalist Ranee Lee Honours Céline Dion with New Album, Because You Loved Me

Fri May 20, 2022

Near, far, wherever you are… It’s certain you’ll find fans of Céline Dion. The international superstar’s storybook career was built on her unparalleled vocal talents and performance prowess that have captivated audiences worldwide. So, when iconic Montréal jazz vocalist Ranee Lee was approached with the opportunity to record Dion’s songs for a new album, her answer was a hard “no”... At first. However, you will be so glad she eventually agreed to the challenge when you experience Ranee Lee’s sublime new album, Because You Loved Me.

When Lee’s record label, Justin Time, brought the concept of covering Dion’s songbook to her, she reacted quite decisively. "I said no," says the JUNO-winning singer. "I listened to three minutes of explanation, and I said no again. And I said no every time for days."

Who can blame her? It takes a lot of bravado to take on the unmistakable voice of Céline Dion, who put her one-of-a-kind, powerhouse stamp on classics like “The Power of Love”, “All By Myself” and, of course, her signature, Titanic-sized hit “My Heart Will Go On”.

Anime-Punk Rock Collective Osaka Popstar Reveal Animated Music Video for Catchy New Single, “Lost & Found”

Fri May 20, 2022

Following this month’s release of their new album EAR CANDY via Misfits Records in collaboration with Demented Punk, anime-meets-NY punk rock collective OSAKA POPSTAR are excited to reveal the animated video for its rocking and infectiously sweet original single, “Lost & Found” -  check it out YouTube here:

Written, produced, and directed by OSAKA POPSTAR’s frontman and longtime Misfits and Ramones collaborator John Cafiero, the cartoonized video for “Lost & Found” stars actor/comedian/musician Fred Armisen (Portlandia, SNL, Documentary Now) as the main character — a lost and lonely soul seeking out an unattainable love, all while paying homage to Saturday morning breakfast cereals, the Partridge Family, the Archies, and the Monkees — all of which are artists OSAKA POPSTAR cover throughout EAR CANDY.

OLENKA Reflects On The Downfalls Of Stardom In Her Newest Single, “Sad Boy Popstar”

Fri May 20, 2022

In a riveting analysis of the music industry and its cookie-cutter “popstar” lifestyle, Canadian artist OLENKA draws attention to the all-too-common lifestyle of “living it big” in her new single, “Sad Boy Popstar” – check it out here:

“Sad Boy Popstar” is a fantastically produced single with all of the characteristics of a radio-ready hit — seemingly on key with OLENKA’s ambitions. Her understanding of songwriting and production results in an uncanny yet intoxicating combination of 808s, trap drum kits, and electric guitar. With enough atmospheric layering tucked into the overall mater, OLENKA leaves enough headroom to get lost in — symbolic of the gates opened as one climbs the socioeconomic ranks.

Pop-Funk Group Numb Tongues Savour Some Seriously Delicious Grooves with New Single, “Dance”

Fri May 20, 2022

Hard-edged and funkadelic, Canadian group Numb Tongues deliver the ultimate mix of energy and groove in their newest single, “Dance” – check it out on YouTube here:

Numb Tongues is fronted by lead singer, lyricist, and co-founding member Jonah Grinberg who crafts his melodic hooks with a colorful character that only so few stages can contain. Giving the lineup its creative flair is a team that together is greater than the sum of its parts: Tristan Lipton with charming technical prowess on the guitar, bassist Max Wilson who has mastered the art of monster-truck-sized slaps, and the chaotic, beastly styles of drummer and co-founder Corey Ryan.

Canadian Breakout Pop Producer Ceesar Creates Heat Waves With New Summer Single, “All In”

Fri May 20, 2022

It’s set to be a hot summer this year, and Canadian pop artist and producer Ceesar is doubling down on the heat. Delivering good vibes through serotonin-packed beats, Caesar’s newest single “All In” is set to dominate summer playlists – check it out on YouTube here:

Here to hand-deliver summer vibes to listeners as cities start to shake off the remainders of spring, Ceesar’s newest single is an enticing mesh of pop and EDM, radiating sweet lemonade vibes. Sugary synth hits and thick bass riffs laced throughout give “All In” an alluring aesthetic that is impossible to ignore.

Laurie LeBlanc Counts His Blessings with the Release of New Single, “Lucky In Love (LIL)”

Fri May 20, 2022

Recounting a tale about finding that special someone, and counting blessings when that perfect person seemingly strolls into our lives and hearts, rising Canadian country music singer/songwriter Laurie LeBlanc brings his distinct harmonic style to his latest single, “Lucky In Love (LIL)” – check it out on Spotify here:

Recorded at Miramichi, New Brunswick’s Barrytone Studios with multi-award-winner Jason Barry, stellar production value underlines tight songwriting and expert guitar playing that hits the heart with an upbeat swing and an irresistibly catchy hook.

The track features some of Canada’s most talented musicians, to boot — including five-time CCMA winner Ed Ringwald (Gordon Lightfoot, Anne Murray, Conway Twitty, Van Morrison), Steve O’Connor (Blue Rodeo), and Jason Barry (Dean Brody).

Award-Winning Canadian Artist Harriet Chung Takes a Musical Journey of the Heart to “Vancouver”

Fri May 20, 2022

Canadians are incredibly fortunate to call a breathtakingly beautiful, culturally and naturally diverse, awe-inspiring country home. From coast to coast to coast, there’s A LOT to love about this great land. Canada is where International singer, actress, and award-winning performer Harriet Chung makes her home, and she offers a musical love letter to one of the shiniest jewels in this country’s crown with this, her new single “Vancouver” - watch and listen on YouTube here:

An uplifting and exuberant journey propelled by piano, guitar, and strings and Chung’s bright, earnest vocal, “Vancouver” is a personal and sentimental destination for the multi-honoured artist.

“The song is about a road trip across Canada that ends in Vancouver,” Chung explains. “Having lived there in the past, the song is about my love for the city.

Manhattan-Based Pop Artist D.K. LYONS Breathes Readies the Season of Sun with New Single, “Summer Lullabies (Tropical Remix)”

Fri May 20, 2022

D.K. LYONS’ revamp of his pop-rock anthem “Summer Lullabies (Tropical Remix)” is a fluid, feel-good pop remix sure to splash some color on your summer playlist – check it out on YouTube:

Featuring Rafa Soto, “Summer Lullabies (Tropical Remix)” is an optimistic and vibrant banger ubiquitous with bubbly lyrics and tones. Fueled by hyperbolic rays of sunshine and crashing waves, D.K. LYONS’s remix of “Summer Lullabies” is reminiscent of a mixture of Kygo and Bad Bunny smashing together in a musical hadron collider.

Grunge-Punk Band Bad Skin Sing About the Sorrow of a Bad Breakup on New Single, “Completely Insane”

Fri May 20, 2022

The end of a relationship, especially if one party hasn’t exactly been ethical, can be incredibly destabilizing and crazy-making. With that, Canadian-grunge punkers Bad Skin find the sweet spot between sad and pissed off in their angry-melancholy new breakup single, “Completely Insane” – watch it on YouTube here:

Laden with wailing guitars, melodious pop harmonies, and sludgy, driving bass, “Completely Insane” starts out with a woman reminding her ex (yeah, she’s gotta remind him)  ‘Hey, it’s me/ The girl you say you’ll always love/ And, yeah, I know that love can hurt.’ Soon, we learn that he’s with someone else – ‘It’s so hard/ To know that you feel for her and not me.’

Canadian Alt-Indie Rock Duo Blackout Orchestra Unveil “Unfound”

Fri May 13, 2022

Rooted in pulsating beats and flowing vocals, Canadian alt-indie rock duo Blackout Orchestra masterfully deliver a soothing shoegazer with the release of their new single, “Unfound” – watch and listen on YouTube here:

Like its recently released predecessors, the new single represents yet again the lavish eclecticism solidified on their forthcoming album, Beauty Sleep; “It’s Fine” and “Tongues” lead the charge of singles between last year and Valentine's Day 2022, with each providing introspective insight into Blackout Orchestra as songwriters and their ability to vocalize the full range of the human experience. “Unfound” continues that journey, breaking out in unassuming, melodic undertones — soon blending the lush harmonies of Ben VanBuskirk (vocals, music) and Morgan Thompson-Reid (vocals).

Chart-Topping, Award-Winning Canadian Country Artist Deborah Lynn Unveils “Something Good”

Fri May 13, 2022

Award-winning Canadian singer/songwriter Deborah Lynn channels her country music influences to tell an enchanting tale about letting go of the past with the release of her touching new single, “Something Good” – check it out on YouTube here:

Foregoing the traditional take on despair in love songs, Deborah Lynn frames “Something Good” as a bright reflection on personal growth and overcoming the negative obstacles in life. “This is a song about letting go of the past, learning from it, and knowing that if you are patient enough, good things will come your way,” she shares.

Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomsen Say “Money Shouldn’t Talk That Strong”

Fri May 13, 2022

Under the soaring redwood forest canopies of Bonny Doon, California, folk-roots artists Dan Frechette and Laurel Thomsen tell the tale of dark money interests within the hopeful and positive community call-to-action that is their new single, “Money Shouldn’t Talk That Strong” – check it out on YouTube here:

Complete with an accompanying video, the new song accompanies a list of harmonic pleasures on the duo’s recent studio album, After The Fire. Drawing on their collective experience traveling the American landscape and witnessing the devastating effects of poverty and addiction, the verses about nonspecific problems set the stage for the shift, “in the vibe of the song, of course — but hopefully also in policy, focus, and more,” they share.

David Bray Completes Trilogy with 'Land of Extremes' Album

Fri May 13, 2022

In his much-anticipated and latest album focusing on the inequities of life in North America housed in his most musically eclectic collection to date, Canadian artist, songwriter, and producer David Bray releases his new album, Land of Extremes.

The 18-track LP features the newly unveiled single, “Some Day (feat. Lorraine Reid),” and is the final installment in the Toronto-based musician’s ‘Crowded Isolation’ trilogy of three separate releases. Including Land of Extreme’s predecessors — 2016’s Night Rains and 2018’s Crowded Isolation — the project has been in the works for more than a decade and ranges musically from contemporary R&B to Soul, rock, and folk.

Check out “Some Day (feat. Lorraine Reid)” on YouTube here:

Americana Singer/Songwriter Doug Schmude is “On The Run” in Adventurous New Single

Fri May 13, 2022

Brimming with emotion and a wink of southern charm, Orange County troubadour, multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Doug Schmude draws on his journey crossing state lines to reveal his adventurous new single, “On The Run” – Check it out on YouTube here:

Eloquently plucked guitars fill the ears as Schmude’s latest single instantly evokes the open road and the myriad of new experiences that await the bold. A pseudo-road trip song about fearless couples who hit the highway together for months with no direction in mind, the new song is the latest to land from the troubadour’s recently released 2022 EP, One Shy Of A Six Pack.

Gabi Epstein Pays Tribute to Barbra Streisand with New Single, “Don’t Rain On My Parade”

Fri May 13, 2022

Hailed "Canada's Queen of Cabaret" by CTV, award-winning Canadian songstress Gabi Epstein insists “Don’t Rain On My Parade” with the release of her playful new rendition of the Barbra Streisand classic.

Check out “Don’t Rain On My Parade” on YouTube here:

Epstein’s version of the whimsical, self-affirming hit from 1968’s Funny Girl begins as less theatrical and more reverential, highlighting the beauty and range of the singing and the poetry of the lyrics. Then, towards the song’s final third where there’s typically a staccato, Epstein’s band adds a little bit of Latin flair, which is then where the vocals take on a fullness and theatricality.

The overall result is fun and cabaret-inspired and guaranteed to tickle even the staunchest Babs fans.