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…

Sam Roberts Band – If You Want It

Montreal alternative rock icon Sam Roberts and his band have announced he will be releasing his seventh studio album later this year. The Sam Roberts Band showed a slightly new edge with their 2014 album Lo-Fantasy, with slicker, more pensive production and tinges of psychedelia blended into their famous rock n’ roll flavour. Sam Roberts Band have shared their new single “If You Want It”, and if it is a clear sign of what the rest will hold, the new album should feel like a continuation of Lo-Fantasy. Bouncing piano melodies, toe-tapping rhythms, and Roberts’ signature…

In No Particular Order: May 27, 2016

One of the best feelings in life? Finding a new album that you know you’ll be listening to and enjoying for years. That first spark, ignited from the mysterious and nervously excited first listen, is not lost over time; if anything you become more and more attached, as the album becomes apart of your life and you debate naming your future children after the band’s lead singer… Honestly, if you could, you’d probably marry it. …or maybe that’s just me? This week saw some of the best releases in 2016…

Arkells – A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)

(If you like: Hollerado, Tokyo Police Club, Sam Roberts)  Arkells surprised their fans last week with their latest single “Private School“, poking fun at privileged rich kids (with a help from a few friends in the music video). Along with the release, the Hamilton rockers have announced their fourth album Morning Report will be available August 5th. To add to the excitement, the Arkells have shared the album’s second single “A Little Rain (A Song For Pete)”. If you’re familiar with the MLB and the Toronto Blue Jays in particular, then you might know Josh…

Arkells – Private School (Official Music Video)

(If you like: Tokyo Police Club, Sam Roberts Band, Hollerado)  Hamilton indie pop rock group Arkells certainly worked hard to get where they are now. The JUNO-award winning band have released three phenomenal records since their 2008 debut Jackson Square, touring extensively, and dedicated their lives to performing. Continuing their success, Arkells have announced a fourth full-length is on the way August 5th. Set to be titled Morning Report, the indie five-piece shared the good news with a brand-new music video for the forthcoming album’s lead single “Private School” over at The Fader.…

In No Particular Order: April 29, 2016

If an alien creature suddenly came to visit Earth this week, it would certainly want to know what “Purple Rain Views Lemonade” would mean. Between Prince, Beyoncé, and Drake, music headlines have been bombarded with their names and faces; it’s hard to imagine there are other musicians t0 listen to right now. Don’t worry, there are. And if you’d like to give your ears a break for awhile, you’ve come to the right place. Plants & Animals – Waltzed In From the Rumbling Plants & Animals are a diamond in the rough and…

In No Particular Order: April 22, 2016

Well, the music gods are at it again. They’re continuing to stack their deck and prepare us all for the best live concert ever (R.I.P. Prince). The show must go on, and us mortals still have to find music to enjoy – you’ve come to the right place. Discover more new releases in the convenient and thorough list of album releases every week, and don’t forget to share your favourite tunes! Van Damsel – Van Damsel If you look through my previous work and posts, I seem to point out most…

Coyote – Nights

(If you like: Tokyo Police Club, Paper Lions, Joel Plaskett)  Summer is almost here. Finally. The temperature is gradually returning to a regular number, the sun appears to be shining more often, and puddles of melting snow warms the hearts of everyone stepping past them. And with that, days are getting longer, and PEI indie synth-pop favourites Coyote are looking forward to the season. After the humble success of their debut Proof of Life EP, the Charlottetown natives are honing their sound and have returned with their latest single “Nights”. Lead by the chorus…

Ursa Major – 5am/Intro

(If you like: The Weeknd, G-Eazy, dvsn)  Toronto multi-instrumentalist Ursa Major dropped his slow-burning alt-R&B track “Dusk” back in January to positive review, and now with that trippy, futuristic hit in hand, the young artist has returned with his latest single “5am/Intro”, which will be off his upcoming Lo-Fi Sky EP. The slick production playfully contrasts with Ursa Major’s relaxed delivery, throwing dense bass lines and psychedelic textures into the mix. Made for the late hours of the night, he explains the track’s paralleled meaning: “‘5AM’ discusses a person, down on their luck, escaping the normality of…

In No Particular Order: April 8, 2016

It’s already the second week of April. If you weren’t already aware, this year is flying by, so now is your chance to slow things down and enjoy the music. Check out the full list of new releases – one of the easiest and most convenient ways to discover all the week’s latest albums. Browse through this week’s collection of In No Particular Order. Did I miss anything? Do you agree? Let me know! Gallant – Ology Right from the get-go, I couldn’t help but think of similar artists. So, naturally I started…