Yukon Blonde, “Crazy”
TBA (Dine Alone)
Recommended If You Like: Solid CanRock
What’s this? A new Yukon Blonde single? Previews dribbled out through Facebook promised a trippy sort of keyboard-based track. There’s obviously more new music on the way, which should be unveiled bit-by-bit at summer shows in Halifax, Vancouver, Ottawa and Victoria. A new album is due in early 2018.
Billy Raffoul, “Driver”
RIYL: Hozier, James Bay, Jeff Buckley
Out of Leamington, Ontario, comes this 22 year-old songwriter who didn’t want to spend his life in The Tomato Capital of the World. After gigging by singing on demos by other people (he did some work for Kid Rock, believe it or not), he now splits his time between LA and Nashville. This track is the first sample of his upcoming debut album. Make sure you watch the video to the very end.
The Glorious Sons, “Everything Is Alright”
Young Beauties and Fools (Black Box Recordings)
These guys are more than just another five-piece out of Kingston not called the Tragically Hip. Their next album is due in October, not long after they finish a US tour with Greta Van Fleet, another Edge Music Lab favourite. They’re hoping to peak by the time they headline a sold out show at The Phoenix on October 20th.
Declan McKenna, “Humongous”
What Do You Think About the Car? (Columbia)
RIYL: English indie rock
This English kid is just 18 but he’s been releasing singles for a couple of years now—and he’s already played Glastonbury at least once (and that was when he was still in school!) His sound is exceptionally mature, too. In case you’re wondering what kind of car he’s asking about, it was a 2005 Toyota Previa. Seriously.
Gabrielle Shonk, “Habit”
Men I Trust (Independent)
RIYL: If Sarah McLachlan and Alicia Keys had a daughter
She’s a 27 year-old songstress from Quebec (but born on Rhode Island, not too far from the Griffin family) whom you might remember from the Canadian edition of The Voice a few years back. When not singing emo songs to herself—Dashboard Confessional is a favourite—Gabrielle worked as a jazz teacher for a while. She’s now decided to go for it with a debut album due this fall. (Fun fact: The original version of this song was really quite jazzy. It’s obviously been reworked.)