Calm your freak down, it’s still officially summer until September 23rd… or at least until Riot Fest rolls through town. Then we can start talking about fall. Deal? September is gonna be a massive month for new records, music fans rejoice!! These next three months are going to be epic.
1. IMAGINE DRAGONS – Roots
Frontman Dan Reynolds explains that their newest single “Roots” is “a track dedicated to the support we’ve received from our massive fanbase”. Imagine Dragons gained huge success with their first album, then their second album had a shorter life span.. will this single pull them back to radio-hit success? Ironically, “Roots” sounds different from past Imagine Dragons tracks – it’s got a reggae vibe mixed in.
2. DEAD WEATHER – I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)
“I Feel Love (Every Million Miles)” is off of Dead Weather’s 3rd album (first release in 5 years), out September 25th. They also released a live performance music video of the song. The band is led by The White Stripes’ Jack White – who actually sports the same kind of haircut in the live performance video as he did when the first White Stripes album that came out in 1999.
3. FATHER JOHN MISTY – Chateau Lobby #4 * (In C For Two Virgins)
As requested by Olga and Ryan! “The Drop is great but it needs more Father John Misty.” Coming right up. This is off J. Tillman’s 2nd album I Love You, Honeybear, as Father John Misty. It’s his first love song and it’s awesome, but beware – it contains a lot of TMI. The dream-like video follows him and his newly-wedded wife, both half-naked, through a kaleidoscope lens. We shouldn’t be surprised to hear this coming from him, considering Tillman described himself as a “horny man-child mama’s boy” and sells merch with the words “mascara, blood, ash, cum” on it!
4. COEUR DE PIRATE – Oceans Brawl
Béatrice Martin, Coeur De Pirate, is a french-Canadian musician who has found fame on both sides of the Atlantic. Since her debut album in 2008, she went through significant life changes and growing up, which was majorly influential for her and reflects the music in Roses, her third album which was released on August 28th. Also, it’s bilingual!
5. THE WEEKND – In The Night
“In The Night” depicts a horror story about a girl who is a victim of childhood sex abuse. It’s specifically influenced by Marilyn Monroe’s story. She was sexually abused as a child and would often speak out about it to the media, and apparenty then used her sexuality as a way of healing. In an interview, The Weeknd explained that the “[recording] studio used to be Marilyn Monroe’s old house and [he] came up with the concept for [the] song called “In The Night” in her bedroom. That was pretty amazing”. The track was leaked online in May with “Can’t Feel My Face” and “Acquainted” – all of which are available on Beauty Behind The Madness, the Weeknd’s latest album that just dropped August 28th.
6. UNTIL THE RIBBON BREAKS – A Taste Of Silver
Thanks to Erin G for recommending this song! With the release of Until The Ribbon Break’s EP in Sept 2014, they had critics turning their heads in response to their unique “avant-R&B” sound. The trio are known for their remixes of hot artists like Lorde, The Weeknd and Sam Smith (Lorde invited them to open for her 2013 North American tour). This song is off their debut album A Lesson Unlearnt which was released in January 2015. Catch this song and more…Tuesday night as they take over the Drake Underground. See you there.
7. HALF MOON RUN – Turn Your Love
Half Moon Run are a young Montreal band who fuse together elements of indie, folk, pop, and with a hint of electronica. They’re said to sound similar to Radiohead. This is from their sophomore album Sun leads Me On, out October 23. They’ve opened for Mumford and Sons and are known for their incredible live shows, leaving audiences wanting more! Catch them performing live at the Edge studios at Sugar Beach on September 11th at 3:30pm!
8. METRIC – Lie Lie Lie
Metric has returned with an upcoming album Pagans in Vegas, arriving September 18th. “Lie Lie Lie” is their new single, questioning themes in society. The synth-pop-rock track has a catchy chorus, but the harmonies give it a darker sound.
9. ODESZA – Light
Electronic music duo Odesza have released a song off their upcoming deluxe edition of their 2014 LP In Return, coming out September 13th. It features vocals of Swedish singer Little Dragon (Yukimi Nagano), whose high-pitcfhed voice blends perfectly with the instrumental track. Catch them in Toronto at Sound Academy on November 19th!
10. ALESSIA CARA – Outlaws
Brampton native Alessia Cara has made a mainstream breakthrough with her song “Here”. What makes her a refreshing artist is how real, pure, honest and relatable she is through her music. (Interesting fact: She first gained popularity with her covers on YouTube. Have you heard her celebrity impressions?!?! Crazy!) This song is off her new EP Four Pink Walls.
11. THUNDERBITCH – Leather Jacket
“Thunderbitch. Rock ‘n’ Roll. The end.” That is the bio of Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard’s punk-ier side project Thunderbitch. Following the release of Alabama Shakes’ recent album Sound And Colour (April 2015), Thunderbitch, fronted by Howard, released 10 tracks under a self-titled LP.
12. BEAR MOUNTAIN – Hopeful
Bear Mountain are a young electro/pop/indie band from Vancouver, B.C. with a fresh sound and style and we have the world premiere of their brand new song! Billboard said that “the fact that they could catch so much attention […] says something about the potential and staying power of their music”. Not only do they release captivating music and have played at huge festivals like Osheaga and Lollapalooza, they even release art on their website (hello, new desktop photo). “Hopeful” has yet to be released online so hopefully you heard it on air… in the meantime, check out some of their previous work.