Sam Setton – Stranger

After a break-up, most people tend to sulk in their PJs, spend too much money at the bar, and/or fill the next few months with bad decisions and introspective regret. For electro-pop artist Sam Setton, he instead chose to focus on his music and experiment with his sound. Oh, and to compose a catchy electro-pop track in hopes of winning back the heart of his ex-girlfriend. Setton’s new single “Stranger” is his attempt to grab her attention, and reverse their current situation as “strangers”. With his debut EP slated for release…

In No Particular Order: November 18, 2016

Hello, snow! Fall is essentially over, and with winter suddenly sliding its way into our lives, that means it’s getting close to the busiest time of the year: album of the year picks. For all those wondering, I’ve started compiling my favourite records from 2016 into a nice, organized list. I’ve got a few in mind to take over the top spot… As always, you can check out the full list of new releases from the past week here, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to…

In No Particular Order: November 11, 2016

Alright, let’s keep this short and sweet. I know you want to get started and enjoy all the sweet, new releases from the past week so I won’t drag on too long. ‘Cause no one likes someone who just rambles on about nothing and just fills space with words. It’s almost like they’re trying to either hide something or just fill a gap with nonsense to make them seem important or more knowledgable about a subject. Truth is, they probably know just as much as you do or the next…

VACAY – Moving You

Working under the moniker VACAY, Toronto multi-instrumentalist Levi Randall is excited to be working on his upcoming solo debut EP. The young musician admits he enjoys the isolation of working as a solo artist, and with his new single “Moving You”, he also has a deep appreciation for sharing his work with fans and audiences. He explains: “As an artist so much of your creative expression is done in isolation. A lot of the satisfaction comes from the writing process but to be able to take your work to the stage…

In No Particular Order: October 21, 2016

Have you ever started walking one way, and then suddenly realize you’re going the wrong way? Of course you have…But do you take out your phone and pretend you just received a text, and then turn around, or do you just walk the other way? I personally like to swing my leg around and rotate dramatically and continue walking. Speaking of new directions, this week’s In No Particular Order has nothing to do with changing orientation, and instead has three standout albums from artists who are continuing to find success in their…

Tancred – Pens (Official Music Video)

Formed as the brainchild of Now, Now guitarist Jess Abbott, Tancred is the irresistible indie pop-grunge trio based out of the New England area. Blending together singer-songwriter, grunge, lo-fi, and most of all pop, Abbott and her crew deliver loud, catchy tunes that worm their way into your mind and stay there. Her new record Out of the Garden hit shelves back in April, but from the release comes the latest single “Pens”. Although it was released back in September, the song’s infectious hook and energy is not to be missed. Contrasting against the fuzzy guitars…

DNCE – Body Moves (Official Music Video)

After their delicious funk-pop single “Cake By the Ocean” took the world by storm last summer (and counting), DNCE are gearing up to release their debut full-length this fall on November 18th. Their 2015 SWAAY EP took over the radio and internet with the handful of hits last year, and their upcoming self-titled LP should be no different. From the new release is the seductive pop track “Body Moves” and its equally steamy video. With frontman Joe Jonas at the helm, the new music video combines professional shots with playful handheld snippets of…

Erich Mrak – Float

Ottawa/Toronto-based hip-hop artist Erich Mrak dropped his latest Retrospect EP just a few months back, and the hard-working musician is keeping the momentum going with his latest single “Float”, off his recently announced follow-up Healed EP. Incorporating hints of nu-R&B, pop, and shoegaze into his sound, the brand new track “Float” has Mrak flaunting his softer side. Echoing guitar, minimalist percussion, and Mrak’s laid-back delivery lets the song’s hook gently plant itself into your brain as you get washed away. Check out the new single below, and head to his website for more of his music.

Arkells – My Heart’s Always Yours (Official Music Video)

Since releasing their fourth album Morning Report a few months back, Hamilton indie rock all-stars Arkells have been busy touring and promoting the record. From the release is the throwback-lovesong “My Heart’s Always Yours”. The slow-burning, ’80s-esque tune needed to find the right fit for the music video. The band turned to Alyssa Pankiw of the interactive media production company The Young Astronauts, as frontman Max Kerman explains: “Making a video for a romantic song is hard. If you’re not careful it’ll quickly turn in to the trailer for A Walk to Remember. We loved Ally’s previous work, and…

Album Releases: Week of September 30, 2016

Alternative / Rock / Indie Black Marble – It’s Immaterial (Post-punk/Dream pop) Bon Iver – 22, A Million (Experimental singer-songwriter) Boreal Sons – You & Everyone (Indie/Experimental rock) Travis Bretzer – Bitter Suits (Indie bedroom/lo-fi pop) EZTV – High In Place (Indie rock/Garage pop) The Growlers – City Club (Indie rock) Jenny Hval – Blood Bitch (Experimental singer-songwriter/Alt-pop) Kestrels – Kestrels (Indie rock/Nu-gaze) Pixies – Head Carrier (Alternative rock) Regina Spektor – Remember Us To Life (Singer-songwriter) Ultimate Painting – Dusk (Indie psych-rock) Van Morrison – Keep Me Singing (Singer-songwriter) The Wytches – All Your Happy Life (Indie garage/doom rock)   Country /…