Milky Chance, “Cocoon”
Recommended If You Like: John Fruisciante’s solo work, a less loopy Beck, Sean Lennon
Don’t smirk. The pronunciation of Milky Chance’s record labels is something like “light dick;” in other words, the two syllables do not rhyme—although it would really be funny if they did. Where was I? Kassel, Germany’s most famous two-person act returns with a follow-up to their worldwide smash, “Stolen Dance,” which, by the way, listed as “one of the most Shazamed songs of all time.” Let’s see if they can do it again.
Adam Baldwin, “Daylight”
No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five (SEG)
RIYL: Matt Mays, Sam Roberts with a Maritime twang, Wilco
No, no, not the actor. This Adam Baldwin is from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and was a long serving member of El Torpedo, Matt May’s band. This record, released back in the summer, was recorded in Toronto and features contributions from Josh Trager (Sam Roberts Band) and Leah Fay (July Talk).
The Treble, “Wherever You Go”
Single (Cadence Music)
RIYL: A grown up Simple Plan, Young Empires, Foster the People
Five guys from Winnipeg into a pop-rock thing who have opened for the Lumineers and played with the Trews, Down with Webster, Dear Rouge, Hedley and a ton of others. The video for this song features more than 2,500 different photographs that were all stitched together into stop motion.
Allan Rayman, “The Cage”
RIYL: A sober, hung over and depressed Nathaniel Rateliff
There’s some mystery surrounding this guy from North Toronto. He doesn’t do many interviews and doesn’t reveal much about himself through is social networks. The was a 2015 debut album entitled Hotel Allan that was missed by just about everyone—not that Rayman did much of the way of conventional promotion. Who is this guy? We have some catching up to do.
The Flatliners, “Hang My Head”
Nerves EP (Dine Alone Records)
RIYL: Billy Talent, Mad Caddes, Rancid
The Flats return! Claimed by both Brampton and Richmond Hill, this stupidly underrated and under-appreciated band have recorded a whack of stuff for Fat Mike on Fat Wreck Chords and have now become part of the Toronto-based Dine Alone Records. Wait: How can you call this an EP when there are just two songs? Never mind. We’ll take it.