Basia Bulat, “La La Lie”
Good Advice (Secret City Records)
Recommended If You Like: Feist, Serena Ryder, Dido
A bridesmaid yet again for the Polaris Music Prize—maybe third time will be the charm—Basia Bulat keeps getting better with each album. And I dare you to name another contemporary artist who plays the autoharp as much as she does.
Declan McKenna, “Isombard”
Single (Columbia Records)
RIYL: Justin Bieber crossed with Arctic Monkeys (but much heavier on the Arctic Monkeys)
This kid is just 17—he won the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Star contest last year—so the future looks awfully bright. He has one EP and several singles to his name, including this brand new track which he says was inspired by right-wing news commentators. I’m sure the people at Fox News are flattered.
RIYL: Eating a cheeseburger in the parking lot at Five Guys Burgers on Erin Mills Parkway on a summer night.
Kara and Bobby may be from Mississauga (MYSERY-sauga, if you wask them) but they have more worldly ambitions. This track was inspired by young suburban girls who can’t exist without their anxiety medications. Watch for a full album they just completed with the producer of records by Foals and Arctic Monkeys.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, “Fire Escape”
Single (Vanguard Records)
RIYL: Billy Joel were a modern indie-pop artist
Remember Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin? Andrew McMahon was the front guy in both. He’s now working as a alone (hence “in the wilderness”) and has dropped this non-album single as a prelude to whatever he’s going to do next.
Bros, “Tell Me”
Bros (Dine Alone)
RIYL: Sheepdogs, obviously
When I first saw the name Bros, I thought we were talking about a wretched British boy band called BROS from the late 80s/early 90s. Thankfully, this Bros involves Ewan and Shamus Currie from the Sheepdogs. Ewan says this song came from the stuff he hears in his head as he walks down the street. Sounds ominous, no? Their debut record will be out October 14.