Tagged New Music

New Music: William Basinski

By Jason Herring, January 24 2017 — David Bowie passed away just over a year ago. It was a tough death for many to process — myself included — partially because in his final weeks Bowie released an album that acknowledged and tried to reconcile with his imminent death. It felt like the end of…

New Music: The Flaming Lips

By Gurman Sahota, January 24 2017 — The Flaming Lips recently released their 17th delectably weird studio album, Oczy Mlody. But unlike previous releases, the album has no real hook to grab the listener’s attention. The band torments listeners through their use of experimental and new sounds, forgoing usual narrative structures.  Those hoping for something…

New Music: The xx

By Gurman Sahota, January 17 2017 — After nearly five years since the release of their last album, the xx return with their third studio album I See You. The album is an ode to heartbreak, loss and surprising clarity. It’s a perfect foil to the endless onslaught of love songs as we approach Valentine’s…

Our favourite albums of 2016 highlight local talent and Solange’s political voice

While 2016 was generally not a great year for politics, the environment and the many celebrities who passed away, the year was undoubtedly a pretty decent year for music. Frank Ocean emerged after a four-year hiatus with Blonde, Beyoncé shook the world with her sneaky release of the visual album Lemonade and David Bowie released his…

New Music: The Weeknd

By Gurman Sahota, November 26 2016 — Starboy may be the Weeknd’s best work yet. Abel Tesfaye has released an eclectic mix of songs that takes this third album from his slternative R&B niche and moves towards dance and electronic music. There isn’t a dull moment and the tempo of the entire work ebbs and…

New Music: Emeli Sande

By Julie Park, November 26 2016 —  Coming nearly five years after the release of her wildly successful debut album, Our Version of Events, Emeli Sandé’s second studio album, Long Live the Angels, presents a compelling collection of tracks showcasing the Scottish singer’s striking talent. In contrast to Sandé’s debut album, which perhaps held a…

New Music: Agnes Obel

By Gurman Sahota, November 1 2016 – Agnes Obel delivers her third studio album with such panache that it’s difficult to believe it’s just an album. With ample use of instrumentation, Citizen of Glass is a chilling auditory experience for the ages.  The Danish singer-songwriter worked on the album over the course of two years…

New Music: Lady Gaga

By Derek Baker, November 1 2016 — American singer and pop icon Lady Gaga released her fifth studio album Joanne late last month. Known for her experimental avant-garde style, the artist completely abandons her usual dance-pop genre to create something entirely different. Never in my life would I think that “Lady Gaga” and “country” would…

New Music: The Naked and Famous

By Gurman Sahota, October 25 2016— Ushering in a synth-pop decadence with a heavy dose of nostalgia, The Naked and Famous return with their third studio album Simple Forms.  The album begins with anthemic opener “Higher,” which features an infectious chorus that will stick in your head and keep you company during quiet hours. The…

New Music: Two Door Cinema Club

By Derek Baker, October 25 2016 — It’s been four years since Northern Ireland band Two Door Cinema Club released their previous album Beacon. With the constant pressure of an intense touring schedule and performances, rumours circulated that band members had a falling out. However, Two Door Cinema Club returned this month with the 10-track…

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