It’s that time again! Our playlist this week is all about new songs on our radar this month. Spotify has their Release Radar playlists and we have an OurBasement Release Radar playlist. Once a month we check in on what music has been released. There are over 50 songs on the playlist that have been released since our last Release Radar in mid February. Some tracks were released with an album, and some singles are in advance of an upcoming album. There are multiple genres of music on our playlist as well.

I was excited about many tracks on the list, like the ones from Miesha and the Spanks, Bonjay and Neko Case. Neko Case is American but we consider her an honourary Canadian right?. I am also excited that she will be coming to Regina Folk Fest this year. I wasn’t a fan of her songs she sings with twangy vocals in the past but I love the woman and she has won me over.


Suuns, Galaxie, U.S. Girls, Bahamas, and Rich Aucoin had more tracks for us to enjoy this month as well. Rich Aucoin’s new album came out today and from what I have heard so far I am expecting it will be marvelous.


The Saskatchewan artists with new tracks this month are The Wolfe and another track from The Sheepdogs. The Wolfe were finalists in Searchlight last year and it will be interesting to see their progress. These young women are doing well so far.


I would like to bring your attention to a couple other tracks on the playlist. The first one is Hounds by Ellevator which made it onto the International Women’s Day playlist last week as well.

Led by the haunting and ethereal vocals of Nabi Sue Bersche, Ellevator strikes a balance between catchy indie rock bands of the early Aughts (Metric, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s) at their best and radio rock hit-makers. Nabi Sue delivers raw lyricism with quiet power. Her nimble melodies anchor the electric hooks and cinematic timbres Ellevator has refined in their live shows.

“Hounds” is the second track from the band’s debut EP, out on Arts & Crafts this spring.


The other track I am featuring is Terribly True by Deanna Petcoff. The warmth and texture of Deanna’s sweeping vocals intertwined with the almost playful blueness of her lyrics fills the listener with a sense of intense longing, and reveals to us a worldview that is full of pain at the loss of love, and full of hope for something more beautiful. 

In 2011 Deanna started her first band, Pins & Needles, and continued to play with them for 5 years and co-wrote two albums with the group. This band spanned her high school years and was a chance to grow, play, and experiment, finding her voice among others in Tonto. In January 2018, Pins & Needles disbanded, leading to the beginning of Petcoff’s solo career, and the creation of her first single.

Now go check out the rest of the great new music on this Spotify playlist!