The Weather Station, “Kept It All to Myself”
The Weather Station (Outside Music)
Recommended If You Like: Dan Mangan, St. Vincent, The Wooden Sky
Another single from the group’s fifth album. Led by Toronto’s Tamara Lindeman (Fun fact: She’s also an actress, appearing in numerous productions with HBO, CTV and others), the group’s lineup has settled down over the last couple of years into a steady quartet. There’s been plenty of critical buzz about this record, so here’s chance to dive in before the non-cool kids figure it out. I love the line in the song about heading up past St. Clair.
David Myles, “Real Love”
Real Love (Fontana North)
RIYL: Guys who look like Buddy Holly, David Lynch’s taste in music, Morrissey
Always in a suit and tie with those heavy-rimmed glasses, David is up to his tenth record of late-night twangy folk-jazz goodness. Does David Lynch know about this guy? If not, why not? Working out of his base in Halifax, he once made a single called “Inner Ninja” with Classified which became the biggest-selling rap single in the history of music. And don’t be deterred by the artwork for this album even though it looks like something fished out of a bargain bin at K-mart in 1965. Looks can be deceiving.
The Jerry Cans, “Clouds”
Single (Aakuluk Music)
RIYL: Strumbellas, Lumineers, Kaleo
If we’re going to be accurate and use this Iqaluit group’s name, it’s ᐸᐃ ᒑᓚᖃᐅᑎᒃᑯᑦ. (Name another band from Nunavut. I dare you.) They combine traditional Inuit throat singing with folk and country. This song is a collaboration with Simon and Daryl from The Strumbellas. Fun fact: The group recorded an Inuktitut language version of the Tragically Hip’s “Ahead by a Century”.
Yungblud, “I Love You, Will You Marry Me”
RIYL: Arctic Monkeys, Two Door Cinema Club, some Jam
Yungblud is actually UK teenager Dominic Harrison whose music and lyrics have inspired comparisons with those by Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys. Trust me. You’ll hear it immediately. This is the third of just three songs he’s released, but damn, the kid knows how to write a catch chorus.
FXRRVST, “Tidal Wave”
May XXVI (Independent)
RIYL: Monowhales, Weaves, Mother Mother
Listeners to my 6pm show on 102.1 the Edge might remember this Toronto duo as a pick for my Undiscovered Gem of the week. Holly Forrest and Matthew Fuentes have been playing gigs around the area, including a few with The Monowhales. Their next gig is at the Mod Club on December 3. Word is starting to spread.