How do you celebrate the end of a killer summer weekend? With music, obviously. Lana Del Rey wrote a song summarizing your life, Walk Off The Earth cover game is on point, Chris Cornell is solo (not single, ughh) and The Most Serene Republic are back!
1. CHVRCHES – Never Ending Circles
Chvrches released “Never Ending Circles”, a second track off their upcoming sophomore album Every Open Eye, out September 25th. Catchy, explosive and poetic. Catch them at the Danforth Music Hall on October 4th and 5th!
2. HEAD OF THE HERD – Live For Love
Remember that song “By This Time Tomorrow” featuring Jasmin Parkin of Mother Mother? That band was Vancouver’s Head Of The Herd and they are back with a follow up album after a couple years of intense touring. The new record, Birds On The Roof, did a tour of its own as it was created in four different countries with four different producers. It’s a safe bet to expect a dynamic range of tunes on this record. Lead singer, Neu Mannas explains the time and effort put into each piece: “Whatever is best for the song, is the path we take. Too many bands mess up their records by doing what’s easy, cheap, and expected of them. We knew these songs were special, and would go to any lengths to get that across”. Find Birds On The Roof in stores September 25th.
3. LANA DEL REY – High By The Beach
Lana Del Rey has released a second song off her upcoming 4th album Honeymoon, set to be out in September. “High By The Beach” is a summer song about making a sweet escape from life’s pains to the ocean. The sound is synth-based, with a light dancing beat at the chorus. Lana on the song: ”It started with the chorus. I was driving by the beach a lot. This was probably one of the last ones on the record…Even with the harmonies, it almost sounded monotone. But with the beat, it has this trap influence.” Who doesn’t love new Lana Del Rey in the summer?
4. THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC – Ontario Morning
It’s been ten years since The Most Serene Republic exploded into our musical lives but where did they go for the latter half of that? The six friends that make up the band have told us they spent time doing “grown-up things” like making little people and buying condos. I guess that’s an alright excuse. Their new record comes out November 13th but in the meantime, check out “Ontario Morning”.
5. ROBERT DELONG – BETTER DAYS
Last week amid explosive sets at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco and the Squamish Valley Music Festival in B.C. and vacationing with his family in Whistler, Robert Delong released a new song online called “Better Days”. His new album, In The Cards, is out September 18th and he’ll be touring with Bleachers & Charli XCX this fall and THEN kicks off his own headlining tour in Toronto (yay!) at the Mod Club on October 28th. This is one artist you can’t miss seeing live! Drum kits, looper peddles and hacked video game remotes are just a few of the tools Delong uses to build his songs from scratch each time.
6. CHRIS CORNELL – Nearly Forgot My Broken Heart
Okay, I know you might have a sprinkle of cold feet over this because of the Cornell/Timberland solo record from 2006 but chill out for a sec and check this out. If you’re cool with Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam recording the movie soundtrack to Into The Wild (it gave us “Hard Sun”) you’re going to love this tune. It starts with an Eddie Vedder solo project feel then builds into something a smidge more aggressive near the end. And yes, Chris Cornell has a full-length solo record called Higher Truth and it comes out September 18th.
7. FOALS – A Knife In The Ocean
This is the third song Foals has released into the internet world off their upcoming album, What Went Down, due out in just over ten days. After a lengthy jaunt in and out of different studios, the band says that they’ve finally recorded an album that mimics the sound in their heads. This particular song has a remarkable story, the band recaps: “We were basically packing up to leave. We thought we had the album written. We’d played the other songs a lot, but that was one that just came out of a jam, once the pressure was off.” They said “A Knife In The Ocean” harnesses the essence of what the band is trying to do and fittingly, they sequenced this as the last song on the record. Amazing what can happen when the pressure is off.
8. ALLAN RAYMAN – Barry Moves
So we played a song called “27” last week without knowing who this artist was, where he was from, or anything! Turns out he’s from Toronto, proving once again this city is a hotbed for incredible music. Got in touch with his team and we asked them to send us more music to play…and voila. Thank you, Team Allan.
9. YOUNG EMPIRES – Uncover Your Eyes
“Last song” seems to be a bit of a theme tonight, doesn’t it. “Uncover Your Eyes” was the last song written for the record and is the official second single from Toronto band Young Empires, just ahead of their debut album The Gates. The band says, “’Uncover You Eyes’ was the last song written on our debut album The Gates. The song is about personal demons and looking within one’s self to overcome internal struggles and challenges. The idea of shutting and opening ‘eyes’ is symbolic of this. ‘Eyes’ are the gateway to the soul, so they say.” We are working on something special with Young Empires which we’ll hopefully confirm and announce soon J In the meantime, their album release party is September 3rd at the Drake Underground and the album is officially available everywhere on September 4th.
10. FAMILY OF THE YEAR – May I Miss You
Lead singer, Joe Keefe describes the track as “old skool picking while your bro is messing around with a drum machine and Simon and sometimes Garfunkel are singing about missing a girl they don’t really know.” Couldn’t say it better myself.
11. FRANK TURNER – The Opening Act Of Spring
We’re digging into Adam Ricard’s favourite tune off his favourite new album! In case you haven’t noticed, we love this album and you should probably go buy it.
12. WALK OFF THE EARTH – Can’t Feel My Face
Does anyone do more interesting and topical covers? Nothing compares to our Burlington friends in Walk Off The Earth covering the best song of life, who happens to be from Scarborough. Canadian music = strong. #WeTheNorth