Common Deer – Confession (I Should Have Known)

Toronto indie orchestral pop group Common Deer are connected in many ways: switching instruments on stage as they share their musical roles, expressing their love for classical music in an encompassing genre, and most notably, by relation. Composed of two sets of siblings, Sheila and Adam Hart, and Connor and Liam Farrell, along with their friend and co-vocalist Graham McLaughlin, Common Deer come together to create mesmerizing and lavish music from the soul. From their debut I EP out this Friday January 27th comes the bold and beautiful lead single “Confession (I Should Have Known)”,…

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 –…

Working Titles – Tidal Waves

Halifax-based musician and designer Glen Leck is a busy man: he designs websites, albums, and whatever else he can, along with playing guitar in the country rock group The Legendary Golden River Show Band. In between all this, Leck finds time to record and write as under his solo moniker Working Titles, a quiet, soft-paced project amongst his collection of much busier ones. Set to release his two-track Tidal Waves & Photographer EP July 8th, Leck has shared the lead single “Tidal Waves”. Opening with a shimmering flash of guitar, “Tidal Waves” instantly melts…

The Strokes – Threat of Joy (Official Music Video)

New York post-punk revival outfit The Strokes  released their surprise Future Present Past EP earlier this month, and from the three-track (technically four) effort is the retro-friendly hit “Threat of Joy”. Although their music grew in popularity from the recycling of older music styles, The Strokes do so in a favourable manner, returning to the “Past” with their latest music video. With the pulse of the ’70s in their music, The Strokes have some fun and create a thrilling conspiracy story at a TV station lost in the theme of the decade. Creeping,…

Lowell – High Enough (Official Music Video)

Indie dream-pop singer-songwriter Lowell is one of the handful of artists who are evolving pop music, pushing it well past its current boundaries and into a constantly modern state. After the success of her 2014 collaboration and tour with Icona Pop (another example of contemporary pop), Lowell is set to follow up the dynamic, female-driven effort with the release her latest Part 1: PARIS YK EP on August 26th. Known for her support in bringing awareness to LGBTQ issues and women’s rights, Lowell’s latest single “High Enough” touches on the need to exceed expectations.…

Frayd – Vacation EP

Ottawa electronic artist Frayd can boast he has opened for the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, and MSTRKFT in the past year – all before graduating high school. At only 18 years old, Gabe Roberge (a.k.a Frayd) has found his footing with the likes of Ryan Hemsworth, Flume, and Porter Robinson. His debut full-length Mountain was released at the end of last year, but the young musician has kept his creative flow in motion with his newly released Vacation EP. The five track EP was a very collaborative effort, finding his features through Soundcloud. Roberge explains: “Before the…

Cleopold – Altitude & Oxygen EP

  (If you like: Chet Faker, Cherub, Milky Chance)  You hear the name Chet Faker, and for fans of the nu-singer/songwriter, crystallized R&B flavours matched with minimalist electro-pop textures come to mind, as he gracefully croons stories and emotions overtop. So its of no surprise when Australian musician Cleopold signed with Faker’s label Detail Records to release his debut Altitude & Oxygen EP. Available today, Altitude & Oxygen is a 5-track collection of Cleopold’s original material, but with an uncanny resemblance to Faker. Needless to say, fans will find an enjoyable sense of familiarity with the new album,…

Tokyo Police Club – Melon Collie & the Infinite Radness (Part 1) EP

(If you like: Ra Ra Riot, Born Ruffians, Wolf Parade)  Tokyo Police Club are one of those bands that seem to be a critical part of the Canadian indie music identity, but are not as quick to be mentioned. Either way, their debut full-length Elephant Shell back in 2008 with the insatiable hit “Your English is Good” was the first stepping stone towards a successful career. Celebrating their ten year anniversary as a band this year and their debut A Lesson In Crime EP, the Newmarket four-piece have released their latest EP Melon…

Lucas DiPasquale – Come Home ft. Assassin (Official Music Video)

(If you like: Ed Sheeran, Magic!, Kardinal Offishall) Toronto musician Lucas DiPasquale made his breakthrough after recording a mashup of a few of dancehall icon Popcaan’s hits. Popcaan discovered the dorm room recorded effort, and brought DiPasquale to record the track “No Talking”, and to perform alongside at a Jamaican music festival in 2014. DiPasqule has since signed with Universal music and put out his debut collection PostSecondary EP back in November. From the record is “Come Home” which features another reggae/dancehall artist Assassin. After spending some time travelling, including spots in Jamaica and the UK,…

American Killers – Young Blood EP

(If you like: Wolfmother, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin)  If albums had catchphrases similar to the way movies do, American Killers‘ Young Blood EP would be flaunting the phrase “the louder, the better”. The Sacramento-based hard rock trio deliver relentless, bone-shaking riffs and melodies with an appreciation for ’80s rock, but with a strong gusto of fresh energy. Young Blood is the band’s debut release and was preceded by the riff-mashing single “Big City” and the accompanying political-dystopian music video. Introducing their hard-hitting sound to the world through the lead single, the new…