Morgan x Barrie Explores Human Connection & the Search for Our Place in the World with New Album, Lines

Fri Jun 03, 2022

The world has just been through two years of overwhelming uncertainty and isolation with many lives lost, connections broken, and dreams put on hold. Owen Sound singer-songwriter Morgan x Barrie took the world’s suffering, buckled down in depths of the pandemic and made it into something resonant, open hearted, and beautiful for us all with his new album, Lines, and the single “Germany” – check it out on Spotify here: open.spotify.com/track/4Y7U7RsVivtRrM4DWqjpRM?si=439e4e3495b7471b&nd=1

That said, Lines, Barrie’s third full album, isn’t a lament over our recent past… Instead, it’s a raw and honest look at the challenges all generations collectively face in the 21st century; a deeply thoughtful exploration of human hot topics like love, waste, and loss approached in equally passionate terms.

“I wanted to write an album I would want to listen to,” says Barrie, matter of factly.

Janel Rae Explores Inner & Outer Wreckage with Radically Honest “Sometimes”

Fri Jun 03, 2022

Sometimes – no, always – when we neglect crucial parts of ourselves, they inevitably come rushing out at some point. Those neglected traits and emotions are what Canadian singer-songwriter Janel Rae covers in her piano-studded, sweeping soundscape of a single “Sometimes” – check it out on YouTube here:

Mournful, introspective, and ultimately cathartic, “Sometimes” begins with the sound of broken glass being swept up off the floor. The sound of glass will become crucial throughout the song’s cascading narrative. ‘I spilled a jar of jam on the carpet/ And I can’t remove the stain/ Now when I look down, it reminds me of the fight we had that day,’ Rae sings.

Charlottetown, PEI Heather Releases Unadulterated Rock ‘N’ Roller“ Sucker Punch”

Fri Jun 03, 2022

Who hasn't met someone so devastatingly alluring that you feel punched right in the gut… With that, in a pure, unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll ode to bad girls everywhere, “Sucker Punch” is the new single from Canadian rockers Heather.

“Sucker Punch” has that sexy-dirty bar rock sound with driving, pummeling beats, wailing guitars, and a sultry loud-quiet element where everything stops completely so that lead singer Evan Martin can whisper throatily: ‘I thought that I was dreamin’ 'til my skin was pinched.’ Check out “Sucker Punch” on YouTube here: heatherband.ca/

The song takes the listener on that fateful walk through the doors of the nightclub or bar where you first see her after you’ve been sleeping all day, and “is about the overwhelming and complete infatuation with someone you’ve just met who most likely has no interest in you,” bassist Cameron Menzies shares of the track.

Salt Lake City, Utah Pop-Country Artist Elliott Novak “Why Does Everyday Start With Goodbye”

Fri Jun 03, 2022

American multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Elliott Novak channels his Salt Lake City, Utah upbringing into his signature pop/country sound with the release of a heartwarming new single and EP, “Why Does Everyday Start With Goodbye”

Novak’s Inspiration for “Why Does Everyday Start With Goodbye” began innocently enough as a song about what we often find in a typical day, but quickly became much more. As Novak says, "I kept thinking about how everyone — including me — puts all their hopes into finding that special person to share their life with… Only to end up spending most of their time apart.”

As Novak began to reveal his debut single to colleagues and friends, the song’s message immediately resonated. “When I first started showing people the song on the piano, everyone was like, 'you're right… Why DOES every day start with goodbye?!’”

Canadian Songsmith Christina Martin Drops Blistering New Single, “In Control”

Fri Jun 03, 2022

Canadian songsmith Christina Martin returns with “In Control,” the second blistering single from her unreleased eighth studio album, Storm.

Check out “In Control” on You Tube here:

After the ethereal sweep of opening single, “Stay With Me,” second salvo “In Control” is a pounding percussion-led odyssey about the battle between the need to feel in control, and the need to just let loose.

Dealing grace and grit with equal aplomb, it’s a fitting follow-up.

“This song is about wanting to return to a feeling of being in control, but only after letting go and experiencing some of the human vices that lead to temporary pleasure. I’m pretty well-practiced at living a routine, discipline, and healthy life, but I’m still a mess a lot of the time, and turn to my sources for help getting back to the sense of feeling in control.”

Durham County Poets Are “Back at the Groove Shack,” Leading the Soulful Way ‘Out of the Woods’ with New Album & Single

Fri Jun 03, 2022

There’s no stopping anyone with the right attitude and some ambition and, for Canadian powerhouse blues band Durham County Poets, the drive to get “Back at the Groove Shack” after our pandemic pause is creatively evident with this, their soulful new single and album, Out of the Woods.

Watch and listen to “Back at the Groove Shack” on YouTube here:

While we all hunkered down for the long haul of COVID, DCP lead vocalist and songwriter Kevin Harvey knew that the time was right to get working on new music that could have the power to uplift and inspire just when we all perhaps need it the most.

“The idea was for it to be a positive, uplifting experience for all involved — creators and listeners,” notes Harvey.

Rockers Arsenal Mills Unleash Release Supercharged New Single, “Give It Up”

Fri Jun 03, 2022

East coast Canadian rock/blues band Arsenal Mills unleash their no-nonsense approach to good vibes and great times with the supercharged new single, “Give It Up” – check it out on Spotify here:
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Arsenal Mills hits the ground running with “Give It Up,” an electrifying song about letting go of the toxicity in life and embracing optimism. “I wanted people to know that it’s okay to find the lighter side of these situations and take a humorous angle,” says the band’s lead vocalist/songwriter, Brad Milligan, of the track.

The anthemic new single is not just a testament to the musical dedication of Arsenal Mills but also the commitment to quality sound and production. Lead guitarist/songwriter Griffen Arsenault says, “this is the type of song that really gets your blood pumping and your feet grooving!”

Pop Sensation Andrew Cassara Shows He’s “Better Off” & Moving On with Dancy New Single

Fri Jun 03, 2022

With an unspeakably massive musical presence in Latin America and expanding upswing into Europe, Ottawa pop sensation Andrew Cassara elevates the game with an infectiously groovy song about moving on and letting go with his dancy new single “Better Off” – check it out on YouTube here: andrewcassaramusic.com/

Taking his international sound to new heights, Cassara seamlessly blends hints of disco with bright splashes of funk on “Better Off” to reinvigorate the pop music genre while breaking from convention. Cassara charts his own path drawing inspiration from genre-defying artists like Jamiroquai and Maroon 5.

Cassara’s inspiration for the sound of “Better Off” didn’t come from any particular artist, “the feel and direction of the song was inspired by my fans in Latin America that have been so supportive.” Cassara would develop a universal kinship with the people of Mexico, where an established fan base — some who even went to greet him at the airport — provided Cassara with the means for a small tour across the country.

Rockers Coheed and Cambria Reveal New Track, “Comatose”

Fri Jun 03, 2022

The music world’s most intriguing storytellers, Coheed and Cambria, have shared “Comatose” -  check it out on YouTube here:

A brand new track off their widely anticipated new album, Vaxis II: A Window of the Waking Mind — due out June 24, 2022 — “Comatose” finds the band stepping on the gas with the hi-energy joyride of a song, leaning a little into their classic pop-punk side with modern electronic sounds that give the song extra bounce.

The song is about folding to pressure and wanting to ‘dip out’ when met with a stressful situation. “I don’t want to feel, fuck it, keep me comatose,” goes the song.

Singer/Songwriter Duo Twisted Royalty Take Destiny by the Horn with Groovy New Song, “Unicorn”

Fri May 27, 2022

British singer/songwriting duo Twisted Royalty fulfill their destiny as rockstars with a groovy song about the unattainable connection between two people we all long for on the fiery new single, “Unicorn” – check it out on YouTube here:

Co-written with Speech, Twisted Royalty’s synthesis of funky bass licks and artisanal lyricism is on full display with “Unicorn,” a track about the complexity of relationships. All of the intricacies and social dynamics associated with healthy connections are playfully explored in this pseudo-love song. The sonic affinity the duo shares is further enhanced by their biological sisterhood, making for a cohesive musical experience that immediately attracts anyone within earshot.

Tate Irving Tells an Up-Tempo Tale of Hardship & Growth in New Single, “She Said”

Fri May 27, 2022

Canadian singer/songwriter Tate Irving electrifies with his signature pop-punk sound to tell a tale filled with hardship and personal growth with his catchy new single “She Said” – check it out on Spotify here: open.spotify.com/track/1Df9GGUdR4HT9J44b1o1Ek?si=084c5e8a3bf14d4c&nd=1

“She Said” is an upbeat melody brimming with a charm that showcases Irving’s penchant for storytelling while demonstrating his life-long commitment to music through his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist. With the benefit of hindsight, Irving draws on his own experiences and setbacks to convey his uplifting message of self-acceptance in an authentic way.

Irving wrote “She Said” at 20-years-old, initially framing it as a series of life lessons passed down by Irving’s mother. As Irving says, “just the things she had taught me over the years and the importance of good values.” As time passed, the song was revised many times and transitioned from a slower acoustic piece into music that is much more up-tempo.

Breakthrough Pop Artist Michael Graff Stashes Good Times In Nostalgic New Single, “History”

Fri May 27, 2022

Music is powerful; it can store memories for us – good and bad – so that we may call upon them at seemingly anytime. Michael Graff’s new single “History” is a testament to the power that music has when housing our most intimate memories – check it out on Spotify here: open.spotify.com/track/0FjboAqbMsdrh6FPKN14nq?si=c446a6b3188a4f5b&nd=1

An ethereal pop composition that houses the feelings of a beautiful night with a beautiful girl, “History” sees Michael Graff telling the tale of two Texas kids in LA, caught in a moment of magic.

“For me, music is a great way of capturing moments,” Graff reflects on the feeling of nostalgia. “Nothing takes you back to a time, place, and even a feeling quite like a song. In this instance, we were just a couple of Texas kids far away from home and, for some reason, it was magical.”

Alt-Folk Artist Jackie K Pays Tribute to the Healing Power of the Outdoors in New Single, “Green Heals Me”

Fri May 27, 2022

One upside of the pandemic is that many of us rediscovered the healing power of Vitamin D-infused sunshine and the glory of the outdoors. In that spirit, Canadian alt-folk songstress Jackie K pays reverent tribute to the panacea of lush greenery in her ‘70s-inspired new single “Green Heals Me” – Check it out on YouTube here:

With the soothing meander of a lazy day on the veranda or a leisurely hike through the woods, “Green Heals Me” features folky guitar, jazzy piano, and Jackie K’s signature plain-spoken, candor-filled voice, like that of a trusted friend. ‘I spent today living outside in the sunshine/ To shake the lack of sleep, and way too much drink,’ she begins. And then she describes with rich imagery the perfume of the lilac-tinged air, the shade-giving pine trees, the canopy of the woods, and then the cool night air at the end of an outside-filled day.

Award-Winning Ensemble Coco Méliès Assure that “Remorse Will End” with Release of New Single

Fri May 27, 2022

The sophisticated sonic craftsmanship of award-winning Montreal music ensemble Coco Méliès is on full display with their hypnotic new single, “Remorse Will End,” and stirring new album, Nothing Goes To Waste – check it out on YouTube here:

A harmonically exhilarating journey filled with emotional reveries and harsh truths, core themes of death and rebirth in all their manifestations embellish the introspective framework of the 12-song LP with mesmerizing grace. The listener is guided on a path of self-discovery while simultaneously transported by the collective’s signature spellbinding orchestral arraignments; “Only by deciding to go deep within, embracing all the awe and humility that comes with this path, are we able to feel truly.”

Blues Diva Angelique Francis Lays Down the Law in Less Than Sixty Seconds with “Take Command”

Fri May 27, 2022

Angelique Francis Lays Down the Law in Less Than Sixty Seconds with “Take Command”. She’s hosting the Maple Blues Awards coming up, which, when you can be mesmerized by an artist singing a song that is fifty-four seconds long and contains only layered vocals, handclaps, and percussion, you’ll get why… That artist has a spellbinding gift, and this one belongs to Canadian rising blues star Angelique Francis who means business in under a minute with this, her new single “Take Command” – watch and enjoy it on YouTube here:

Take command, take command
Don’t rely on another man

August, Yours Truly Unveils Hypnotizing New Spoken Word Single, “Easy Listening”

Fri May 27, 2022

Canadian artist August, Truly Yours delivers a tumultuous eulogy of self-acceptance and self-expression through spoken word with the hypnotizing new single “Easy Listening” – check it out on YouTube here:

Inspired by the emotional uncertainty felt within relationships, “Easy Listening” is a whirling maelstrom of intimate communication projected through a sonic framework. As August, Yours Truly himself puts it, “It's this surreal stream of consciousness, like a bunch of intrusive thoughts appearing in the middle of the night.”

The blistering new single is off the upcoming album, Performance of a Lifetime, which is set to release in June 2022. This album is not just an experimental soundscape; it’s a visceral manifestation of ideas surrounding more than just uncertainty, “it’s also about becoming more sure of yourself and the confidence and clarity in life that brings you.”

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.