We have another pile of terrific new songs to share that have recently arrived here at GDW HQ, so if you need a pick-me-up today, dive into this collection of awesome new music.
The Long War, “Breathe In Breathe Out”
From 2017 CBC Searchlight winners The Long War comes the first single from their forthcoming album, “Landscapes” (releasing 20 April). You may have heard this song when the Vancouver-based band won the Searchlight contest with it, but we bet you’ll be happy to hear it again (and again, and again…).
Avery Raquel, “Come Right Back to You”
On her new single, “Come Right Back To You,” rising Canadian soul artist Avery Raquel updates classic sounds for contemporary ears.
The song is a preview of Avery’s third full-length album, “My Heart Away,” due out in spring 2018. Produced once again by Juno and ECMA winner Greg Kavanagh, the new original collection finds her moving from contemporary jazz into vintage Motown and Stax sounds. However, what remains constant is Avery’s sultry voice and the emotional depth within her lyrics.
Jean-Michel Blais, “blind”
Jean-Michel Blais, the Montreal-based pianist and composer, has shared “blind,” a unique synthesis of classical piano and electronics. The piece begins with plaintive piano, composed using material Blais had developed during sessions of improvisation, before slowly incorporating electronics that bubble and pulse into the foreground. The track signals a new direction for Blais, not an abandonment of the post-classical style that defined his debut Il, but a fusion of other compositional tools and textural elements.
Following a sold-out show at Montreal’s Club Soda last Friday, Geoffroy now delivers a brand new song, “Wanderer,” which is available on all digital platforms via Bonsound. Produced by Tim ”Heartfelt” Buron from Cult Nation’s collective New Gospel (Charlotte Cardin, Nate Husser), the single touches on Geoffroy’s need to embrace the unexpected, and expresses a joie de vivre and a thirst for escape. “I’ve been travelling a lot recently and it has reminded me how important it is to live fully, to break free from routine and comfort,” explains the artist.
More electro-tinged than his other songs, “Wanderer” is not necessarily a preview of his next album, which is currently in the works for a 2019 winter release. “It’s a one-off single that I decided to release for the fans,” adds Geoffroy, to keep them waiting for the follow-up to “Coastline,” his Polaris Music Prize Long-Listed debut album released in March 2017.
Photo credits: Chad Gilmour (The Long War), John Londono (Jean-Michel Blais), William Arcand (Geoffroy)