Doc Walker – Weathervane (Open Road/Universal)

Jerry Leger – Nonsense and Heartache (Latent Recordings)

On Nonsense and Heartache, Jerry Leger sounds every bit like the road-weary troubadour, facing down the highway fork between folk and blues, that’s he’s surely aspiring to be. The Toronto songsmith’s new release features the fantastic fiddle work of multi-instrumentalist James McKie and the deft rhythm section interplay of bassist Dan Mock and drummer Kyle Sullivan, not to mention the sweet singing of guest Angie Hilts.(Exclaim!)

Julien Sagot – Bleu Jane (Simone Records)

Bleu Jane starts in a confused flurry of percussion, as if to scramble your brain in order to clear it in preparation for what’s to come. After a piano flourish the song settles down into a slow-burn David Lynchian number, complete with Sagot’s deep, mesmerizing gallic voice. It’s such a thrill that you think surely this is the prime cut and there’s nowhere else to go. Think again.(Ride The Tempo)

Lydia Ainsworth – Darling of the Afterglow (Arbutus)

As the clanging keyboard chords that open ‘The Road’ ring out like sinister church bells, it’s clear that Canadian composer and songwriter Lydia Ainsworth’s second album is going to be something very special indeed. Following a spate of recent pop culture nods to a hip new activism-based kind of witchcraft – indie movie The Love Witch and Lana Del Rey’s anti-Trump spell for starters – this seems to be the sound of lush electronic pop throwing its pointy hat into the ring. (NME)

Nelly Furtado – The Ride (Sony) (NelStar Entertainment)

Nelly Furtado’s exuberant energy elevates her new album. Her flexibility is an asset as she attempts many styles—synth-rock, R&B, and piano balladry among them.(Pitchfork)

Prozzäk – Forever 1999

Beloved cartoon duo Simon and Milo are back as Prozzäk and ready to deliver their brand new album Forever 1999, but Exclaim! is giving you an exclusive listen to the full record right now.(Exclaim!) +stream

Said the Whale – As Long as Your Eyes Are Wide (Hidden Pony)

As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide marks Said the Whale’s 10th anniversary. The Vancouver-based band, which was cofounded by co-singer-songwriters Tyler Bancroft and Ben Worcester, has weathered its share of changes over this decade — members leaving, marriage (the sweetly profane “I Will Follow”), babies and death (affecting gloom-pop single “Heaven”) — but the introspection isn’t an anchor dragging their sound backwards. Instead, they play with a lot of layers and textures, sonically and thematically, and it might be their best effort yet. (CBC Music) +stream

Saltland – A Common Truth (Constellation)

Halfway through the title track of A Common Truth, the haunting second album from cellist Rebecca Foon’s Saltland project, a seismic drone tears through the sombre meditation. As the roar cycles back and intensifies, it sounds like the Earth shuddering to its core. It’s a sound that transcends Foon’s artistic life.(Montreal Gazette)

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