Our playlist this week is all about new songs on our radar this month. Spotify has their Release Radar playlists and now we have an OurBasement Release Radar playlist. This has become a monthly playlist as there are so many songs released every month that 2 months was just too long. All the songs on the playlist today have been released since our last Release Radar in mid November. Some were released with an album but not many. Some singles are in advance of an upcoming album and some are new remixes of an older track. There are a few seasonal tracks in there as well.
I was excited about many tracks on the list, like Certainly by Heavy Bell. Heavy Bell is a duo made up of Royal Canoe frontman Matt Peters and actor/singer-songwriter Tom Keenan. I am loving this first track and look forward to hearing more from this project. Galaxie, U.S. Girls, Donovan Woods, Bahamas, Michael Rault, Wet Secrets and so many more all had new tracks for us to hear. It feels like Christmas!
Melted Wings don’t have tracks on Spotify but Land of Fallen Snow is a personal favourite this month. In case you missed it you can find out more about Michael Wynn’s project on our site here.
I am also really enjoying the track called Beat Wave by Holy Gasp. It is described as big band punk/orchestral hardcore sounds. In the great tradition of The Holy Gasp, no one can quite agree on what to call what they’ve created. The song features 17 players, including Karen Ng (Andy Shauf, Feist and Broken Social Scene), Jessica Upton-Crowe (Beliefs), Nixon Boyd (Hollerado), and many other notable Toronto musicians.This was the first song written for the album, and the first song written after frontman Benjamin Hackman’s divorce. His thoughts on that time below:
Upside Down is an ode to the decline of our modern world and our values, which for us was punctuated by the US Presidential election, and the fallout thereafter. Everything is so backward lately, we think many of us are feeling it, no matter which side you’re on. When Lexie was writing the lyrics, she couldn’t shake the imagery of Lady Liberty in bed with Donald Trump.
There is so much more new music for you to discover. Take a listen and see what new favourites you may find.