Posts Tagged ‘Canadian

TOKYO POLICE CLUB – Champ

July 1, 2010

I’ve been holding off on writing about this album for a few weeks now because I haven’t been sure just how to describe my feelings about it. I don’t have a lot of time right now to wax poetically, so here’s the shortened review: My favorite new release, so far, of 2010. http://www.myspace.com/tokyopoliceclub http://www.tokyopoliceclub.com

STARS – The Five Ghosts

June 30, 2010

Fifth full-length from Canada’s Stars. For me, this band is the perfect soundtrack to cold winter nights spent dreaming of your crush. I’ve always described them to others (okay, maybe just myself) as having a romantic sound. Their sound is just so warm and welcoming and Amy Milan’s angelic voice plays perfectly off of Torq […]

BORN RUFFIANS – Say It

June 28, 2010

Second full-length from Toronto’s Born Ruffians. Another exercise in well-crafted indie-pop that jangles along the way. Luke LaLonde continues his yelp-laden, marbles-in-mouth-sounding vocals. I think he sounds more confident on this release. I’d still recommend this band for fans of cutesy pop music, Vampire Weekend, and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Not too much has […]

NOVELS

January 30, 2010

NOVELS is a project conceived by several Canadian dudes who range in popularity in the indie music scene. Personally, I only recognized the names Graham Wright and Luke LaLonde. The other three guys are Will Currie, Dean Marino, and Jay Sadlowski. In January 2009, these lads and some other musically-inclined people got together in Toronto […]

CHROMEO – Night By Night (Single)

October 14, 2009

The first new Chromeo song since the 2007 release of their sophomore album, Fancy Footwork! The sound of “Night By Night” is instantly recognizable as Chromeo: upbeat, synth-driven pop/electrorock with Dave One’s smooth vocals and Pee Thug contributing vocals through his vocoder. Lots of fun; you will surely want to put this on at your […]

TODOR KOBAKOV – Pop Music

October 11, 2009

While you may not recognize the name, if you’re familiar with the bands on CMJ’s charts, there’s a good chance you’ve heard the work of Todor Kobakov already. Born in Bulgaria, Kobakov emigrated to Canada when he was sixteen with many of his family members (his mother stayed in Bulgaria). Currently based out of Toronto, […]

METRIC – Fantasies

April 20, 2009

The fourth full-length for the Brooklyn-born, Canadian-raised quartet. This set seems very polished and glossy to me (maybe a bit too much?) and is quite heavy on the synths. They’re still in fine form and Emily Haines sure does have a good voice, but there aren’t many songs to dance to, which makes me sad. […]

JUNIOR BOYS – Begone Dull Care

April 17, 2009

Third full-length for the Canadian duo of Jeremy Greenspan and Matthew Didemus. It’s really laid-back electropop with lots of blips, bleeps, and bloops. The vocals are sung/whispered in a manner so that they sound very intimate. Recommended if you like Hot Chip’s slower tracks. The album title references the abstract animated film of Norman McLaren, […]

MALAJUBE – Labyrinthes

March 3, 2009

Excellent third album from the Montreal quartet. All of their songs are sung in French. I don’t speak that language, but the music is so good that it doesn’t matter that I have no idea what they are saying. Really awesome ‘indie rock’ and well worth giving a listen. If you speak French, let me […]

BELL ORCHESTRE – As Seen Through The Windows

March 2, 2009

Their second album. Two of their members are in the Arcade Fire. All of their songs are instrumental. You could classify them as indie/experimental if you needed to, I suppose. They would sound best on a long drive through a desolate winter landscape. http://www.myspace.com/bellorchestre http://www.bellorchestre.com

SAM ROBERTS – Love At The End Of The World

February 23, 2009

This is the Canadian’s third studio album. He won Juno Awards in 2004 for Album Of The Year and Rock Album Of The Year, thanks to his debut album, We Were Born In A Flame (He also won for Artist of the Year that year). It’s not a surprise that he has received such accolades, […]

FauntsFeel.Love.Thinking.Of.

February 13, 2009

They are from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and this is their second studio full-length album. They play excellent pop/indie rock with a heavy electronic influence to make music that feels like you could float away on the sound waves. Perfect for late nights, early mornings, or any time in between. Very pleasant on the ears, nothing […]

Sebastien GraingerSebastien Grainger And The Mountains

October 29, 2008

This is his debut solo album. He is best known for his work with the drum-and-bass dance-punk duo, Death From Above 1979. He continues to play upbeat dance rock/punk on this album, but for the most part, it is less abrasive and more accessible than DFA1979. In fact, this album really rocks. It is recommended […]

Raine MaidaThe Hunter’s Lullaby

September 30, 2008

This is the first solo album for the Canadian, he is well-known for being the frontman of Our Lady Peace. This album was originally released in 2007 but is just now being promoted to college radio. Since he is the voice of OLP, this is bound to sound similar to them. However, this has more […]

Mother MotherO My Heart

September 23, 2008

From Vancouver, this five-piece presents their second full-length album. There’s a brother and a sister in the band, it’s always good to see families making rock music together. The album is full of indie pop/rock with boy/girl vocals and harmonies, and some folk-rock influences (such as finger-plucked guitar, strings). It’s quirky and can get a […]

Born RuffiansRed Yellow & Blue

February 19, 2008

Indie rock, undistorted “clean” guitar lines, and yelp-y male vocals. Reminds me of Vampire Weekend without all of their cutesy indie poppiness, or Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! if CYHSY had a slightly better vocalist. Decent stuff, I’m pretty sure that I like it. http://www.myspace.com/bornruffians http://www.bornruffians.com

The WhitsundaysThe Whitsundays

January 28, 2008

60’s influenced “reverb-wrapped” pop music, I quite like it. Would play nice with bands like The Shins, Spoon, etc., plus older 60’s pop bands. The chorus on #6 is strangely reminiscent of The Who’s “Boris The Spider” despite not having anything in common at all. http://www.myspace.com/thewhitsundays http://www.friendlyfirerecordings.com/Bands/Whitsundays/whitsundays.html