Our inbox is full to bursting with new music – here are some fabulous new sounds to enjoy on this lovely fall weekend.
O’Pears, “Stay Warm”
Canadian folk trio The O’Pears, comprised of Lydia Persaud, Jill Harris, and Meg Contini, share the title track from their sophomore album “Stay Warm,” due out on December 7th. Written by Lydia Persaud, “Stay Warm” is about bearing through the trials of a broken relationship, and speaks on the similar survival tactics found in outlasting the frigid cold and overcoming broken trust. Later this month the band will visit Saskatchewan and Manitoba as part of a Home Routes tour, and they will continue their tour through to February with shows in Hamilton, Red Deer, Toronto, and Kitchener to name a few. Full details can be found below and at www.theopears.com.
T. Thomason, “Loser”
Debuting his new pop-packed sound, Halifax’s T. Thomason sets the stage for his upcoming album with the release of his second single ‘Loser’ – available everywhere. To celebrate the release, Thomason will return to Halifax for his single release party at The Seahorse Tavern on November 29 with Aquakulture and The Drug Rugs.
“Loser is about modern-day courtship,” says Thomason. “Figuring out how to be tender and honest in the age of “ghosting” and “swiping left”. The fear of being the one who’s “more into it”. Figuring out how to assert your boundaries and all the anxiety and self-doubt that comes with that. Lying awake, wondering if your new lover will still be into it once they see all the aspects of you that come out with time – the realities that aren’t sexy, that are not up for debate. At the end of the day, Loser is asking the big question – Can I trust you?”
Tomato Tomato, “Take It On the Road”
One of our favorite duos has released a new single – “Take It On the Road” is now available from Tomato Tomato. The Saint John, New Brunswick-based roots rock outfit led by Lisa and John McLaggan will release their new album “Canary In A Coal Mine” this coming February.
As anyone who’s tried to grow tomatoes knows, sometimes it takes a few attempts to achieve the perfect flavor. On their new album, Tomato Tomato have done just that, reaping the benefits of the seeds planted on their previous three releases.
Although those records established Tomato Tomato (pronounce it however you choose!) as an award-winning songwriting partnership with a high-energy take on traditional sounds, they have truly progressed to the next level with “Canary In A Coal Mine,” made at Nashville studio The Bomb Shelter (Alabama Shakes, Margo Price) with producers Jon Estes and Andrija Tokic, along with some of Music City’s finest musicians.
Moscow Apartment, “Orange”
Also in our inbox is a great new song from Moscow Apartment. The 15 and 16-year-old duo have already won a number of awards, performed at high profile festivals, and broken through on US radio including plays on NPR. They released their debut EP in 2017 and are releasing singles leading up to their sophomore EP which will be released in the spring of 2019.
From the band: “‘Orange’ is about the weird twilight zone feeling. This happens sometimes at sunset but when things suddenly don’t feel real and you feel like everything around you is a movie.”
Angela Saini, “Black Sheep”
Angela Saini’s sophomore record, “Hope on the Stereo,” is set for release early next year. Its lead single, “Black Sheep”, is sassy and empowering; all about taking chances and living life on your own terms. She’s just released a new video for the song, featuring a spirited and independent sheep – check it out below.
Mode Moderne, “Moderne Love”
Vancouver’s Mode Moderne has been balancing black-nail-polish gloom and indie-pop accessibility since it put out its debut LP, ‘Ghosts Emerging’, in 2009. That was followed by the group’s first release for Light Organ Records, the ‘Real Goths / Undiscovered Country’ single, in 2011, and the seven song mini-album ‘Strange Bruises’ in 2012, earning praise from the likes of Pitchfork and NME.
Since then the band, consisting of Phillip Intilé, Clint Lofkrantz and Sean Gilhooly, has worked hard building a following, with tours in the U.S., U.K. and Mexico. Mode Moderne recorded their new album, Mode IV with producer Felix Fung in their hometown, Vancouver. The new LP boasts some of singer Intilé’s most bitingly sardonic lyrics to date. He sets the tone with the album’s opening lines: “No sir I’m not the one to lick my wounds & come undone while you are having all the fun. I’m not a violent man, but I’d love to scuttle all your ships and watch you as your trousers rip.”
Lost Cousins, “Stay”
For the indie psych rock outfit Lost Cousins, grappling with life transitions—and the domino effects of those choices—is at the core of their sprawling, celestial-sounding debut LP to be released in 2019 via Pheromone Recordings. The record is a sweeping, anthemic tribute to the things one loses or gives up; the places one longs for, especially as one grows up and moves on. Pushing forward and leaning into change isn’t as easy as it looks. It’s a record that spans the entire country and collapses back into itself; feeling like a swelling tide in the ocean with a significant, sweet comedown when the tide settles on the beach.
The band has just released their new single from the forthcoming album, “Stay.” About the new song, the band says, “Our latest song “Stay” is about both physical and emotional movement. Uncertainties that lie ahead and remnants of the past are unearthed through the reflection of changing landscapes on a long road trip. The song describes adjustment to departure through fragments of memories from a backseat window.”
Kane Miller, “Could It Be”
About his new single, “Could It Be,” singer/songwriter Kane Miller says, “(This) was a song that I wrote a little over a year ago and then shelved. I had figured out the verses, but they were really dark and I was stumped on where to go with the chorus. Eventually, I picked “Could It Be” up again and pretty much redid it from scratch. The only part remaining was the line “could it be,” which was a lyric that came up in other songs I was working on – obviously I had to stick with that while writing the song.”
Kane Miller is a singer-songwriter based in Lakefield, Ontario. With an extensive classically trained background beginning at the age of 7, Kane is masterfully able to create intimate songs with real meaning. Since the release of his debut album in 2011 and a follow-up EP in 2012, Kane has teamed up with LV Music, working with award winning producer Femke Weidema. Together, they bring along new writing methods, techniques and sounds, showcasing his dedication and passion for music as it shines through on each song. Drawing on influences likeDamien Rice, Iron & Wine and Josh Ritter, Kane blends his instruments and voice to create thought-provoking melodies that are sure to leave a lasting impression on the listener.