Five songs you need to hear this week: 11 September 2023

It’s the first full week after Labour Day, which feels somewhat… laborious, Maybe these songs will help.

1. Midnight Syndicate, (The whole album)
The Brimstone Club (Cranberry Bog Records)
Recommended If You Like: Soundtracks to films that don’t exist

This is the fifteenth Midnight Syndicate album of “soundtracks to imaginary films.” In this case, the band says this album was “inspired by the Parisian Cabaret de L’Enfer, a 19th century hell-themed cabaret that was a forerunner to the haunted attractions and themed restaurants and taverns of today.” I’ve never recommended a full album as part of a Five Songs list—this one is best consumed as a whole—but there’s always a first time, right?


2. Cold War Kids, Run Away with Me
Cold War Kids (Monotone/AWAL)
RIYL: Grooves and big choruses

Cold War Kids started setting up their tenth record—self-titled and due on November 3 and a follow-up to their sprawling New Age Norms trilogy—during the summer with a couple of advance singles. Indications are that the band has mined the 80s quite a bit for this one, looking for influences from everyone from The Pretenders to Elton John to Happy Mondays.


3. +++ (CROSSES), Invisible Hand
Goodnight, God Bless, I Love U, Delete (Warner)
RIYL: Hard-to-Google bands

At one time in the evolution of Google search terms, this band was hard to find given the stylized version of their name. If you knew to enter “Crosses,” you were fine. You could also have entered “the electronic rock side project of Chino Moreno of The Deftones and Shaun Lopez of Far.” The album—which features contributions from The Cure’s Robert Smith and EL-P of Run the Jewels will be available on October 18th.


4. Bad Omens, Just Pretend
The Death of Peace of Mind (Sumerian Records)
RIYL: Records that take a while to catch on

Bad Omens third album came out way back in February 2022. Since then, the band has been on a slow burn, racking up over a billion streams in the process. If you’re new to them and remember Linkin Park fondly, there might be something in this song for you.


5. Suzie McNeil, Bobcaygeon
Single (Independent)
RIYL: Interesting Hip covers

Suzie usually plies the pop-rock genre but in this case, she’s decided to try her hand at reinterpreting the Hip classic in a smooth, jazzy, soulful sort of way. Fun fact: Suzie is currently on tour with Aerosmith working as a backup singer. She was inducted into the Mississauga Walk of Fame on September 10.

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