Gord Downie – Introduce Yerself

On his final album, Introduce Yerself, the late singer-lyricist addresses the people and places that meant the most to him, among them his bandmates, Lake Ontario, his Indigenous acquaintances, his children, even his first girlfriend. This isn’t the oblique poet his fans have come to know; his words are neither fancy nor cryptic. More personal than philosophic, he has left the meditations on mortality for others to do.(The Globe And Mail)

Majid Jordan – The Space Between

Sitting down for a 20-minute conversation, Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman talked about album’s title & how every track has a big cohesiveness in track sequence. “This whole thing [album] is seamless. I did all the transitions. It flows, you’re not supposed to know when track 3 ends and when track 4 finishes,” Jordan said. “It’s the space between.”(HNHH)

Petra Glynt – This Trip

On new album This Trip, experimental pop artist Alexandra Mackenzie, aka Petra Glynt, is honest about her intentions. The album’s cover, drawn by Mackenzie herself, is a dazzling, Technicolor harbinger of the news: “R.I.P. Patriarchy,” a tombstone reads. But “Rest in Peace” is a mere formality, and when first track “Propaganda” hits, it is clear that the plan is to dance on the grave.(Exclaim!)

The Deep Dark Woods – Yarrow

Yarrow, the first album from the Deep Dark Woods since 2013, shows the trad-folk band feeling positively reenergized yet tempered. After taking a four-year hiatus, the Saskatoon trio give LP number six an invigorating new restoration that finds them sounding more patient, intricate and contemplative than they’ve ever been.(Exclaim!)