Cobi, “Prophet Story”
Single (300 Entertainment)
Recommended If You Like: Anyone into soulful rock performed by indie crooners
Earlier this year, Cobi—ex of a Boston band called Gentleman Hall—had a single entitled “Don’t You Cry for Me” hit #1 on Spotify’s viral music chart. This new track seeks to build on that momentum.
Bernice, “St. Lucia”
St. Lucia (Arts & Crafts)
RIYL: X Ambassadors, Lorde, Bishop Briggs
Bernice is actually Toronto native Robin Dann who has an MA in music and regularly works with Thomas Gill, a buddy of Polaris prizewinner Owen Pallen. She’s already released two albums (What Was That in 2011 and One Garden Cassingle last year) and is preparing a third. This title track is a nice little bit of experimental pop.
Banners, “Holy Ground”
RIYL: Arcade Fire, Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith
CASBY winner Banners is getting ready to follow up his self-titled EP of earlier this year with a new album…sometime. Meanwhile, though, here’s a little falsetto action with a new single that will sit well with anyone who was into “Shine a Light.”
Krief feat. Sam Roberts, “Life As It Happens”
Automatic (Random Records)
RIYL: Grizzly Bear, The Dears, Bon Iver
That’s Patrick Krief, by the way, guitarist for Montreal’s The Dears. He’s done rather well internationally, appearing on everything from Letterman and Kimmel in the US to Jonathan Ross in the UK. Is it just me or is there a touch of Bowie in this recording?
Billy Talent, “Passage to Bangkok”
2112 40th Anniversary Box Set (Anthem/Universal)
RIYL: Rush, obviously
The gorgeous box set for Rush’s 40th anniversary version of 2112 contains a bonus disc with Rush fans covering material from the album. Alone with Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins (who do the Overture), Alice in Chains and Hamilton singer-songwriter Jacob Moon, BT covers the only real drug song in the entire Rush canon. Ben does a decent Geddy.