Playlist Friday: OurBasement Release Radar Nov/2017
The playlist this week is full of new tracks that have come out in the past month. Fall seems to be a busy time for new music from our Canadian artists. Some of my favourite tracks come from Esmerine, Patrick Watson and Walrus but there are so many more artists creating some yummy candy for our ears. Take a bite and find out for yourself!
There are some artists I am going to bring your attention to with a little more info. They were brought to my attention and I would like to pass it on to you.
Cindy Doire, one half of Canada’s folk duo, Scarlett Jane, with a brand new project!
She recently released a new French album that is pretty fantastic and I am loving it. It was produced by Mark Howard (Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, U2, Lucinda Williams) and recorded in a shack, deep in the woods, north of Toronto.
The album was released on October 29th, and here’s what some listeners are saying:
“Cindy Doire présente: Panorama is an album for the intelligent who love to dream. It soothes, captivates, and rearranges frayed emotions into perfect order.”
**Canadian Music Blog**
“Nouvel album francophone de Cindy Doire est enveloppant & aérien. On adore!”
Ontario’s post-hardcore veterans, Silverstein
, recently released their eighth full length, Dead Reflection
, on New Damage Records, and have already spent much of 2017 on the road in support of the album. Now the band has announced yet another massive run of shows with a full U.S. tour on the books for early 2018. To celebrate the announcement the band have premiered their new music video for “Lost Positives
” an explosive cut from Dead Reflection.
Dead Reflection is available now
“Lost Positives” is a perfect example of why Silverstein remain captivatingly urgent over 17 years into their career. The band’s trademark mix of aggression and melody has been honed to an even sharper edge with bigger hooks and more impressive riffs than ever. Dead Reflection pushed the band’s songwriting to new heights, but also finds vocalist, Shane Told, delving into his personal life to a greater extent than ever before. The intimate album is shaped by tumultuous and self-destructive times, and its dark tone is undeniable, but underneath is the sense of hope-within-the-hurt that has always marked Silverstein’s work. This struggle recognize yourself in the midst of personal upheaval is central to the brooding video for “Lost Positives.”
Their song Steady On is from the Toronto duo’s upcoming debut LP which is due out this fall. The album began as an exploration of physical and emotional alienation – one member had just left a long term relationship and the other had spent a year confined to a dark room recovering from a concussion. The two began collaborating from their apartment studios in Toronto as both an exercise in recovery and an exploration of physical and emotional alienation. As a result, the album has the obsessive intimacy of a bedroom recording while aspiring to the west-coast pop/R&B of the late 70s and early 80s.
The band’s thoughts on the new song: “There’s a bridge over the Don River in Toronto and written above it is the phrase: “This river I step in is not the river I stand in”. You could drive over it a thousand times and miss it. But it’s a really beautiful thing…a subtle reminder that no matter how hard we try to resist it, nothing is permanent, everything is in flux.”
“…chilled and mellow but with a plethora of catchy chorus hooks.” – The Line of Best Fit
“A supremely relaxing song about nightmares.” – Noisey
“Like a sunnier Wild Nothing…melancholy pop” – DIY
LeRiche’s second single off of the upcoming ‘X Dreamers’ album coming out shortly
is called ‘Dreamers’ and you can take a listen to it from our playlist. It certainly is dreamy.
Last but not least is Born Ruffians.
Their new track “Forget Me” is the second part of a video series directed by Leah Fay Goldstein and Peter Dreimanis of July Talk, and features the band’s Luke Lalonde who recently made his acting debut alongside Tim Heidecker in the feature film Sundowners
. Watch the first part of the series “Love Too Soon” here
The very day that David Bowie made his grand exit, Luke Lalonde sat down to write “Forget Me,” the song that opens the new record. Over sunrise-summoning acoustic strums, Lalonde sings, “Someday, a white light will come for you,” before adding a reassuring rejoinder: “to comfort you.” In the grand tradition of The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize??”, it’s a song about the inevitability of death that proves to be ecstatically life-affirming. “It’s about how the light is something that you should embrace and feel okay going towards it,” Lalonde says. “We’re all doing this together, we’re all on the exact same path—it’s just that some of us are ahead of others.”
Born Ruffians’ new album, Uncle, Duke & The Chief, feels brashly defiant in its embrace of old-school rock ‘n’ roll aesthetics. In lieu of mouse-clicked studio trickery, it invites you to bask in the natural reverb of the handclaps, tambourine rattles, and booming drum beats bouncing off the studio walls. It is a record less concerned with what sounds hip than what feels good. The album is out February 10th.