listen hear! Land of Talk “Footnotes” Sunday, Sep 6 2020 

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“Footnotes” is the latest single from Land of Talk, the Montreal-based band led by vocalist/guitarist Elizabeth Powell. It’s the juxtaposition of the upbeat melody and dreamy wall of fuzzed-out guitars set against lyrics that include “your psychotic thoughts” that make the song a standout. One of many on their new album, “Indistinct Conversations”, out now via Saddle Creek.

The song came together while Powell was hiding from an angry neighbor. “I locked myself in my house after he ripped up my fence by the cover of night. He and his goons would always end up harassing me, and skulking outside in my back driveway, and just being generally disgusting. I wound up being scared to leave my house that day and wrote ‘Footnotes,’ just losing myself in the repetitive, meditative guitar parts. I think I played that for six hours just to put myself in a trance state and not panic.


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listen hear! Cut Worms “Sold My Soul” Sunday, Aug 23 2020 

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Cut Worms is the recording project of Brooklyn-based musician/graphic designer Max Clarke. His new single is “Sold My Soul”. The hauntingly catchy tune, with it’s a high lonesome sound blended with the right amount of twang, gives it an old-timey feel. It’s the first taste we get of his upcoming new double album, “Nobody Lives Here Anymore”, available October 9 via Jagjaguwar.

“Sold My Soul” takes a look back and ahead at the choices we make, with a thinly veiled punchline to soften the blow. Over jaunty guitar, Max’s voice is expressive as he sings “I sold my soul somewhere so long ago // Oh I didn’t think too much at the time I was young and I didn’t know // oh till I saw it late one night on the antique road show // expert collectors to appraise.”


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listen hear! Nana Adjoa “She’s Stronger” Tuesday, Aug 18 2020 

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Meet Dutch singer-songwriter Nana Adjoa! After studying jazz at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Nana started to release her poetic blend of soul, folk, and jazz in 2017. The multi-instrumentalist has just dropped her new single, “She’s Stronger”, a dreamy-pop tune that has her contemplating independence and self-worth. It has us anxiously looking forward to her debut album release, Big Dreaming Ants, out September 25th via Bloomer Records!


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listen hear! Will Butler “Surrender” Sunday, Aug 9 2020 

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One of the catchiest songs to come along this summer is from Arcade Fire’s Will Butler. Surrender is the lead single from his upcoming album, Generations, and you’ll be easily tempted to sing along.  It’s deceptively disguised as a love song, but its meaning goes much deeper. The companion video starts with light hearted, pre-pandemic studio footage and evolves into Will’s views on the Covid-19 situation, Black Lives Matters protest and police and prison reform.


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listen hear! Gus Dapperton “Post Humorous” Sunday, Aug 2 2020 

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New York-based artist, Gus Dapperton describes himself as a “producer first and foremost”, but is best known for creating clever, genre-bending songs. His latest single, Post Humorous, is a prime example; pairing deeply personal and reflective lyrics with an upbeat, catchy pop melody, using the creative songwriting process as a form of self-therapy.

He commented on that saying, I don’t always make music to heal my own wounds but when I’m able to do so and reflect on those feelings, it’s a really gratifying feeling. It’s really gratifying to lock those demons away in a sonic form and access them at will whenever.


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listen hear! This is the Kit “This is What You Did” Sunday, Jul 26 2020 

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We fell in love with “This is What You Did”, the new single from This is the Kit, on first listen! Kate Stables, the multi-instrumentalist and folk artist behind the moniker, has been performing nonstop as part of The National’s live ensemble over the past few years. She’s set to release the new album, Off Off On, October 23, via Rough Trade Records.


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listen hear! Pottery ‘Hot Heater’ Sunday, Jul 19 2020 

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Pottery have shared the psyche-tinged new song, ‘Hot Heater‘.  It appears on the Montreal band’s debut album, Welcome to Bobby’s Motel, which is out now via Partisan. The band collectively had this to say about ‘Hot Heater’ in a press release: “While there are hints of environmental themes on this one, we mainly wanted to make a disco song with a robotic feeling, something that could be easily chanted. Austin was originally..."
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listen hear! Dan Croll ‘So Dark’ Sunday, Jul 12 2020 

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We’ve finally gotten the first taste of Dan Croll’s highly anticipated third album, ‘Grand Plan‘, set to hit record store shelves August 21 via Communion. ‘So Dark’ is a bouncy pop tune that captures how he was feeling about moving from Liverpool to LA and the search to find his way in a new environment.

Dan describes the inspiration for the tune this way: “After a few months in LA I started to find my feet a little, but where I still lagged was on the social side of things. Everyone I met in LA seemed to be desperately happy, sugar coating everything, forcing humour out of fear to be seen as sad. It made me really miss home. It made me miss that dark British humour and the ability to laugh at yourself, no matter how bad it gets. ‘So Dark’ is about that search, and the moment that perseverance paid off to meet someone like minded.”

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listen hear! Jonah Yano “delicate” Sunday, Jul 5 2020 

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Japanese Canadian singer songwriter Jonah Yano mixes his soulful, genre blurring vocals with searing, personal lyrics. He just released his debut album, souvenir, on Innovative Leisure. It’s an intensely personal album touching on family separation, healing, and reconciling with the past. We love the new single appropriately titled, delicate. It’s a dreamy little ballad that caught our ears immediately.

Jonah says the track “buries itself somewhere in imagination. It’s like having a song stuck in your head. But, instead of a song, it’s a person, or rather the idea you’re starting to form of a person in the future of your lives together. It’s all just daydreaming.” Get to know Jonah Yano!

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listen hear! Braids “Young Buck” Sunday, Jun 28 2020 

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Canadian trio Braids are back with “Shadow Offering”, their first studio album in five years! Their brand of art-pop is infectious, theatrically dramatic, and a whole lot of fun. Just check out the video for their latest single, “Young Buck“.

Lead singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston spoke about the intention of the song:  “We wrote this song to capture the nervous anticipation of desire, the delicate chase of seduction, the highs and lows of obsession, and the humor in between. To want to possess someone, make them desire you, fall for you, only to learn that to lust is not to love.”

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