Gord Downie, “The Stranger”
Secret Path (Arts and Crafts)
Recommended If You Like: Pleez, dude. You can’t be that out of the loop.
Gord has already received plenty of coverage of his Secret Path album, graphic novel and film about the story of Chanie Wenjack. While the album doesn’t scream “hit” in the traditional sense, that’s not really the point. This could be the most important Canadian album of 2016
Kate Bush, “King of the Mountain” (Live)
Before the Dawn (Concord)
RIYL: Er, Kate Bush?
Two years after the conclusion of her month-long/22-date residency at London’s Hammersmith Apollo (I was at the very last one), Kate is ready to bestow a triple CD set on fans just in time for Christmas (release date is November 25). “King of the Mountain,” a track from her 2005 Aerial, is long (she extended it to over eight minutes) but at least twice as divine.
The Royal Foundry, “Dreamers”
RIYL: Balconies, The Darcys, Mother Mother
New material from Jared and Bethany, a couple of banjo and mandolin-totin’ songwriters (and an actual couple; they’re husband and wife) from Alberta—Sherwood Park, to be specific. The new single is more electronic and dancey than some of their other material. Another indication in a shift in music?
Lewis Del Mar, “Painting (Masterpiece)”
RIYL: Arkells, Two Door Cinema Club, Bastille
Not a guy but a duo—Danny Miller (guitars/vocals) and Max Hardwood (producer/drums) from Rockaway Beach in Brooklyn—who get help from friends to fill out the lineup. Much of what they’ve done was made in a bungalow near the water. Breaks were spent surfing with MGMT. Seriously.
The Franklin Electric, “Walk with You”
Single (Indica Records)
RIYL: The National, a touch of Arcade Fire and maybe Kings of Leon.
Alt-folk-pop from Montreal that immediately made me think of The National. They’ll be in Toronto to perform material from the album on November 24. Get caught up with their catalogue at their YouTube channel.