Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being

Although titled as such, the new album from U.K. indie synth-pop group Glass Animals is not an instruction manual. Instead, How To Be A Human Being is a paradigm shift of sorts, re-telling stories and interviews into music through the eyes of the characters – in this case, frontman and producer Dave Bayley. While on tour in support of their 2014 debut ZABA, Bayley recorded countless conversations and stories from strangers: “I tr[ied] to sneakily record people, and I have hours and hours of these amazing rants from taxi drivers, people we met outside…

Monday I Retire – Monday I Retire EP

For a band that found their start as a middle school talent show performance almost ten years ago, Ottawa soul-jazz pop group Monday I Retire have come a long way. Fronted by brother-sister duo Ben and Mackenzie Di Millo, and rounded out by guitarist MJ Heney, bassist Andre Morrill, and drummer Stephen Adubofuor, the Ottawa five-piece have been hard at work to complete their latest EP. The eponymous 6-track record is the follow-up to their 2010 debut Worn & Reeling EP (although the two albums seem to come from two entirely different bands –…

Album Releases: Week of August 26, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie BOYO – Control (Indie rock/Singer-songwriter) Morgan Delt – Phase Zero (Indie singer-songwriter/Pop rock) Dinosaur Pile-Up – Eleven Eleven (Alternative rock) Glass Animals – How To Be A Human Being (Indie rock) Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Take It, It’s Yours [Punk Covers] (Indie dream rock) Cass McCombs – Mangy Love (Singer-songwriter/Indie rock) Midnight Faces – Heavenly Bodies (Alternative rock/Post-rock) Old Cabin – Saturn Return EP (Indie rock) The Veils – Total Depravity (Experimental alternative rock) TUNS – TUNS (Indie alternative rock) Twist – Spectral (Indie rock)   Country / Folk Paul Bergmann – Stars and Streams…

Almeeva – Part Fiction (Live Music Video)

Also known for his role with Paris electro-pop band Kid North, Parisian musician Greg Hoepffner works under the moniker Almeeva as a solo electronic artist. After recently sharing his latest Oblite EP back in July, Hoepffner has taken to a rooftop to show off his lead single “Part Fiction” and the Paris sunset. Incorporating elements of house and trance into his lush, synth-pop sound, “Part Fiction” begins with Almeeva’s reverb-drenched vocals overtop a repeating melody and pounding bass kick. The song eventually slows and shifts into a futuristic trance loop that builds and builds with each…

Allen Tate – Being Alone

Known as the co-lead vocalist of Brooklyn-based indie baroque rock group San Fermin, Allen Tate is  branching off on his own. Set to release his debut solo album Sleepwalker on October 28th, Tate has shared the first single from his eponymous record “Being Alone”. Although fans are used to hearing Tate’s voice over a dense and complex musical arrangements, his solo work is much more focused on the musician and what he has to offer. Produced with San Fermin founder Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the lead single “Being Alone” came to be during a tour stop in…

Frank Ocean – Nikes (Official Music Video)

Fans have been patiently awaiting the latest Frank Ocean release for almost four years; the R&B singer dropped his debut album Channel Orange back in 2012, and his follow-up was teased and dangled in front of fans for well over a year. Boys Don’t Cry – which was the rumoured name of the record – has been officially released as Blonde, available now through iTunes. Ocean has also mentioned there will be a second version of the album, an exclusive physical copy that will be only available at select pop-up locations. Previewed by the visual album Endless earlier…

OneRepublic – Kids

OneRepublic have come quite a long way since their 2007 debut Dreaming Out Loud. They’ve shaken off the Timbaland hit single “Apologize” and have evolved into a glistening five-piece that has helped shape pop music into what it is now. Already onto their fourth studio album, OneRepublic have shared the newest single from the upcoming release “Kids”. Fronted by Ryan Tedder, OneRepublic centre their music around his unique radio-pleasing vocals, as well as his Grammy-award winning work as songwriter and producer. Showing how far they’ve come in the past ten years, “Kids” is…

In No Particular Order – August 12, 2016

Hopefully the two and a half months in-between features hasn’t caused any readers some financial, emotional, or musical distress. But then again, if you were betting money, had some form of emotional attachment to the weekly INPO being published, or decided to go not listen to any music until now, then maybe my tardiness is not the problem… (and hey, at least I’m not pulling a Frank Ocean). Although I was half hoping someone would notice there had been a lack of well-written, weekly summaries selecting some of the best…

5 Underrated Artists That Prove Blues Is Still as Relevant as Ever

Written by Isa C. We’ve come a long was since the days of delta blues and the smooth, dulcet tones of Bessie Smith and her contemporaries. The music has outlived race riots, inspired political change and musically influenced almost ever genre we listen to today, yet its artists very rarely feature on lists for the best acts of the year.  However, the sound of blues is still going strong, with tons of new releases hitting stores and streaming platforms all the time. These five artists are some of the most…

Boreal Sons – What Becomes

After parting ways with their guitarist at the end of their 2014 UK tour, Calgary art-rock outfit Boreal Sons aimed to recalibrate as a trio. Their sophomore record You & Everyone, which hits shelves September 30th, shows their new arrangement by not having a single guitar on the new record. With that in mind, Boreal Sons have shared the first look into their new record with the dark, lush synth-rock track “What Becomes”. You & Everyone has the Calgary trio reaching into deeper and darker waters, as lead singer/synth-player Evan Acheson attended six funerals in the…