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January 28th, 2014
We took in a lot of American music this past weekend watching the Grammys. Sure, Robin Thicke was there (we’re so sorry for that, America), but let’s take some time out of our day to salute some local music we’re actually loving right now. Sometimes, you really don’t have to look that far for some exciting new jams, case in point the following batch of home-grown talent. The Olympics are coming up soon too, so we just think it’s time you get a little patriotic. Come on, show your Canadian pride!
Now onto the music!
We fell in love with Toronto-by-way-of-Ottawa band The Balconies back in 2009 when they burst onto the scene with a pop-rock vigour that often felt like a sugar high with its insanely catchy melodies and singer Jacquie Neville’s powerhouse voice. Well four years later, they’ve finally followed up their self-titled debut with Fast Motions, a decidedly more rockin’ affair that whips you with the edge of an ’80s metal band instead of of the aforementioned pop ambitions. Still, a reworked track like Do It In the Dark still possesses said appeal about the band.
Toronto indie label Arts & Crafts’ latest signee is Lowell, an artist who could very well threaten Grimes’ title for weird-pop supremacy. Having been part of Apparatjik, a project featuring big players like producer Martin Terefe and Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman, Lowell’s been at this for a while now and is finally hitting her stride with her new single Cloud 69, an unabashedly aggressive banger that practically drags you onto the dance floor. We’re ready to dance.
Last year, Halifax indie-rockers Dog Day released their fourth album Fade Out which we highly recommend if you haven’t heard it already. They recently released a new video for track In Another Life and, okay, it’s a little literal. There’s an actual dog in it. Does that make us love them even more, though? Uh, duh.
If you’re vaguely familiar with the Toronto indie scene, you might recognize the two halves of electronic band Ark Analog. Maylee Todd is a local staple with her numerous projects ranging from solo star to aerobics master and Dan Werb also splits his time with a similar electronic act Woodhands. Together though, they make dreamy, synth-heavy dance music and we can’t get enough of it — just check out their new EP, The Dirty Power, below and see what we mean.
Like to dance, but want something a little darker and heavier than say an Ark Analog? Then try TRUST: another Arts & Crafts signee who will be putting out their new album Joyland later this year.
The Courtneys are Canada’s secret weapon, a magical slice of pop-rock perfection that we absolutely got hooked on last year with their incredible self-titled release. Seriously, go listen to it right now — there’s a song called 90210 which is a billion times better than that CW reboot. Their latest music video for Lost Boys is like the indie-rock version of Beyonce’s XO and we mean that in the best way possible.
Want some pop that’ll make you dream of summer and surfing on the West Coast? Give Toronto’s Alvvays a shot — not only will Adult Diversion sweep you away to a better time and place, but before you know it, you’ll be hitting repeat for the billionth time.
The Hidden Cameras
We praise big Canadian collectives such a Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire all the time, but The Hidden Cameras’ legacy is just as deserving of our time and attention. They recently put out their eighth album Age and it is hands down one of their best yet. Pop melodies strung together by orchestral arrangements and the dramatic flair they’ve become known for.