5 songs you must hear this week: 14 October 2019

This country’s output of quality music continues with four of this week’s recommendations coming from domestic artists.

1. Monowhales, RWLYD
Single (Independent)
RIYL: Modern Canadian indie-pop

Don’t try to pronounce the title of this track. It’s an abbreviation for Really Wanna Let You Down and appears to set the stage for a new album of some sort in the near future. Monowhales’ first-ever Canadian tour starts this week in Winnipeg and will see them in Toronto at the Horseshoe on November 22.

2. Hunting, Whatever You Need
Whatever You Need (Nevado Records)
RIYL: Gentle Canadian indie-pop

This project (started by Bradley Ferguson in Vancouver about five years ago) also features Dustin Bentall (son of Barney) and the mono-named vocalist, Jessika. Note the references to Bowie and Iggy’s time in Berlin in the lyrics. The new album will present itself November 1.


3. Houses, Bad Checks
Drugstore Heaven (Downtown)
RIYL: Woozy hip-hop with lots of melody

Houses, a project of LA’s Dexter Tortoiello, hasn’t released an album in five years because he’s been busy remixing material for everyone from Kings of Leon to Major Lazer and producing songs for a variety of hip-hop artists. Most of this record draws from personal experiences living in LA. WARNING: There be bad words ahead. We’ll need a radio edit, please.

4. GRAE, Your Hands
New Girl EP (Independent)
RIYL: Smokey, jazzy stuff best heard in a dark room at night.

GRAE started writing music when she was just ten. She’s Canadian but spent some time in Australia soaking up whatever she could there. This debut EP was produced by UK singer-songwriter KYAN. The result is most infectious. The EP is out this week. Not only did she win a SOCAN songwriting award, but this song was tapped for the opening theme of a Brazilian mini-series. That’ll be good for a few bucks.


5. Caribou, Home
Single (Merge)
RYIL: Soul samples

Dan “Caribou” Snaith, the Polaris Music Prize-winning composer and performer from Dundas, Ontario, has just released his first bit of new music in five years. For this track, he took a sample of an old song by Gloria Barnes called Home and twisted/looped it into something new and fresh. A full tour is coming next spring.

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