Crave, Vol.1 (Independent)
Recommended If You Like: Kid A-era Radiohead (to an extent), Phantogram, Tove Lo
Herein we have Toronto’s Lexie Jay (she sings) and Jon Fedorson (he plays drums) who sound like they might have been incubated in a Berlin club c.2000 but were actually formed locally in 2012. A full album might be out as you read this.
Kaleo, “No Good”
RIYL: Lumineers, Hozier, X Ambassadors
The third single from their breakthrough second album is more of a Black Keys/White Stripes blues thumpy than any kind of plaintive wail about going down somewhere. These Icelandics seem to be settling well into their new home in Austin, Texas.
Strumbellas, “We Don’t Know”
RIYL: Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Kaleo
The little band from Lindsay, Ontario, is having a good year, aren’t they? More gang vocals mated to an anthemic chorus designed to carry you through the summer.
Plants and Animals, “We Were One”
Waltzed in from the Rumbling (Secret City Records)
RIYL: Arcade Fire, My Morning Jacket, Decemberists
Indie rock from Montreal (est. 2003) that also features a couple of members from Nova Scotia. They’re one of those bands that can sound very different from song to song.
The Naked and Famous, “Higher”
Simple Forms (Universal Republic)
RIYL: Bastille, Metric, Maybe some Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Five New Zealanders now living in LA have plans to release their third album on October 14. Is it bad that we’re already talking about albums coming out in the fall?