Essential New Releases: In Case You Missed ‘Em… 

Essential New Releases

We’re still playing catch up with the seemingly endless number of new single releases that have dropped recently. Just taking the last couple of weeks off in 2023 to work on our annual singles and albums recaps, the ‘new email’ notifications chimed non-stop. So, here we are, welcoming 2024 with one brand-spanker (officially released today) and three corkers from late 2023. Enjoy this quick excursion across the provinces with our handpicked playlist. 

David Myles, “Break Free” 

First stop: Fredericton NB, to check out this fresh-hot tune that drops today from the always versatile David Myles. “[It’s] about how our pride can lead us to hide our pain … and even lie to the ones we love most,” David shares. “It’s about what keeps us from getting close to one another, even when we know we need each other.” Don’t hit STOP once the song fades, lest you miss the beautiful closing piano refrain. 

Jake Ian, “The Bloodshot Sun” 

Next stop: Edmonton, AB, where country-folk artist Jake Ian shares this gorgeous piano-and-steel infused slow burner (it’s never too early for steel) – taken from his latest album, “Lawrence.” This album cut is therapeutic – like a splash of bourbon in your coffee on a frigid winter morning as the flames from the fireplace dance…allowing Ian’s voice to flow through you like the wind through the cracks in the windows (Official Press Release). 

Tim Isberg, “Fire Canoe” 

We’re sticking in AB for a quick hop over to Sherwood Park, lured by an intriguing tale about steamboats on the Saskatchewan River, care of folk-roots artist Tim Isberg. “The song is told from a wistful perspective of the ancient river itself,” Tim offers. “Fire Canoe is a translation from Cree language for steamboats when they were first seen on the waterways of western Canada and [the] American Northwest.” 

We Found A Lovebird, “Dylan Phase Again” 

Our travels wind up on the west coast, thanks to this recent tune from Vancouver alt-pop rockers We Found A Lovebird. Wrapping their time-tested melodic pop flair in some dreamy guitar rock, the band seals this package with enough infectious 60s Brit Pop sensibilities to prompt many repeat spins.  “[It’s a} trance-like ditty about getting sucked into Dylan’s kaleidoscopic world, again,” the band share. Enough said, right??? 

The British guy that crossed the ocean and crash landed in central Pennsylvania (to quote Greg Keelor, “And I wonder what am I doing here?”). As the youngest of four siblings, exposure to music from a very early age nurtured my passion and appreciation for many musical genres. Continuing to discover some amazingly diverse and talented musicians based in Canada, I gravitate to live music experiences and remain devoted to spreading the word about such a vibrant music scene.

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