Album Reviews

Severine: Not Obsessed

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Submitted by Stephen Bailey

The imagination and depth of feeling that goes into realizing “Not Obsessed” make it much different than the average pop song. Severine’s single has the potential to break out in a big way commercially, but she takes no compromises to position the song in such a way. “Not Obsessed” comes off as an intensely personal lyrical and musical statement. Her youth is no impediment to projecting confidence and Severine’s vocal performance simmers with atmospherics and a satisfying emotional range. Severine was born in the United States initially, but her French-born parents soon decided to return to France and she grew up in an environment that promoted her musical development. The song’s subject matter isn’t necessarily remaking the wheel, but it’s equally impressive how Severine has established such a unique voice for speaking on familiar themes and subjects.

Flatt Lonesome Silence In These Walls

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Submitted by Joshua Stryde

The six members of Flatt Lonesome have grown a lot as individuals, band mates, songwriters, and musicians in the four years since they first appeared on the scene with a self-titled debut. This distinctive and retro-minded outfit has spent much of the early part of their run pay due deference to the rich history of country music, but these last four years has also found them expanding their purview to include increasingly sophisticated arrangements, more and more original material and discovering a wont for pushing the boundaries of the form while still loyally adhering to its expectations. There’s a lot of entertainment value spread out over these twelve tracks, but there’s also a feeling of life well lived that goes into these performances and they will likely strike a chord deep within listeners. Silence in These Walls is Flatt Lonesome’s best effort to date and sets the bar high for their future releases.

Caveboy Release New Single ‘New Touch’

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Recently in Toronto, Montreal's Caveboy blew the roof off at the Allan Slaight JUNO Master Class Showcase - demonstrating their innate power to command a crowd with their live performance. Sneak previewing their brand new track, New Touch - OUT TODAY, the trio had the audience grooving from the first beat of this tasty jam.

A New Christmas Florence K

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Renowned Montreal vocalist and songwriter Florence K is offering a holiday treat to her fans this season with A New Christmas, an EP comprised of six brand new, all-original Christmas soon-to-be-standards. Set for release on Nov. 17 through Universal Music Canada, Florence K co-wrote four of the songs with veteran Canadian hit-maker Vince Degiorgio, with two duets contributed by famed Montreal DJ/producer Stefie Shock. Sung in both English and French, A New Christmas displays Florence K's appeal in both languages, underscored by the EP's overall festive and jazzy arrangements.

"Some of the greatest tunes in the world, in both the jazz and the pop universe are Christmas songs. I wanted to give myself a shot at writing some new melodies that people could sing along to and whistle during the Holiday season," said Florence K.

Trevor Drury Takes a "Trip to the Water"

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Submitted by Daniel Boyer

Trevor Drury’s journey from a Southern California upbringing into the world of international modeling no doubt informs the vast experience projected through his songs, but Drury’s far more than just some visually appealing young performer. There’s genuine musical substance you can hear on his latest single “Trip to the Water” born not only from his personal experiences, but just as much built from a musical life that began when he was just entering his pre-teen years and later led to higher musical education when he entered college. His voice isn’t conventionally beautiful in the manner of some budding pop stars, but it has a natural sound and emotive capabilities possessed by few of his contemporaries. There’s immense stylishness that he puts into this performance you simply don’t hear in songs from many of those same contemporaries. “Trip to the Water” resonates as a song about very human yearning and an intensely personal statement.

Dean Brody 8th Day Celebrates Country Girls

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“8th Day” was written by Brody and his long-time producing partner, Matt Rovey. Like his previous single, “Time”, this track from Beautiful Freakshow has a more traditional Dean Brody sound. “8th Day” pays homage to strong, confident and sometimes-complicated women who were finely crafted to be in this world.

“My fans mean the world to me, and a lot of them happen to be incredible women who love country music,” says Brody. “I wanted to honour all female country fans by giving them a song that is about them and everything that makes them wonderful. It’s a fun song that everyone can sing along to on the radio or at a concert.”

In honour of the release of “8th Day”, Wednesday November 8th will be dubbed “National Country Girls Day”. Country girls (and guys) can participate by posting photos and stories on social media with the hashtag #NationalCountryGirlsDay to win a signed poster from Dean Brody.

Brody is hitting the road for a long-awaited return to the east coast in November. Atlantic-based fans can catch Brody in Halifax on November 23rd and 24th at Casino Nova Scotia. It was also recently announced that Brody will be joining the lineup at the sold-out CMC Rocks Fest in Queensland, Australia in March, 2018.

Toby Walker From The Ground Up

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Submitted by Iain Patience

The latest offering from New Jersey, US, acoustic picker, Toby Walker, is nothing short of a complete, masterful tour de force of blues-picking at its very best. Walker is a guy who has been out there many years now, always happy and prepared to push the boundaries with his music and his sheer class act. Here, with ‘From the Ground Up,’ he has glanced over his shoulder, looking back to those remarkable songs and artists that first fuelled his own interest and love for the music as a teenager.

In truth, there’s a track version cover from almost every true, traditional blues giant included within this package: kicking off with Robert Johnson’s ‘Terraplane Blues’, Walker moves effortlessly through Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Fred McDowell, Lead Belly, and just about anyone you care to think of, tackling each style – and these vary enormously – with complete ease and towering skill and talent. And, as Walker explains, these are the tracks, the musicians who first fired him up, lit the spark, and whose work he still adores and returns to time and time again.

As a result, we have a simply stunning collection of traditional blues tracks from the true greats all picked here by Walker, a guy who seems to be easily their equal. This is clearly an album of the year, with twenty-four superb tracks making it an absolute must-have for anyone who loves traditional acoustic blues music.

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August Burns Red Release New Album Phantom Anthem

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Lancaster, PA's August Burns Red have released release their new album, Phantom Anthem – the follow-up to 2015’s Found In Far Away Places, which earned the band a GRAMMY nomination for Best Metal Performance. The album is available now at AugustBurnsRed.com. Watch the official music video for new single, The Frost.

August Burns Red recently wrapped up their European headline tour for the 10-year anniversary tour of their much-loved album, Messengers (2007), and will be touring North America through the fall. Full tour dates below.

Iskwé Releases The Fight Within

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In a world where the sum of our lives is defined through another’s gaze, genuinely unchained artists like Winnipeg-bred Hamilton-basedIskwé (pronounced iss-kway) are a rare breed. Named one of the ‘Top 10 Artists to Watch’ by CBC Music, Iskwé (‘woman’ in Cree) is set to release her sophomore album, The Fight Within, on November 3rd (Independent). The album features the new single Soldier.

Her unmistakable sound weaves her Irish and Cree/Dené/Métis roots with poignant politically charged lyrics, dark soulful R&B rhythms, electronic flourishes, and trip-hop breakbeats. Iskwé teamed up with several notable producers for the new album including The Darcys on Nobody Knows, Hayden Wolf on Soldier and Will I See; and Keolya on Sometimes and The Storm.

"This album is really precious to me, I wrote it from a much more reflective place than my first. The issues I touch on here are real, issues that are impacting Indigenous people every day." Iskwé continues; "From our Missing & Murdered Women and Girls to youth suicide epidemics within our communities to the land protectors out fighting for our planet each and every day; I wanted to counter the stereotypes cast our way and push back against the idea that we won't or can't succeed. I wanted to give back to the people I care most about - our younger generations. This album is for them."

Beach Boys Mike Love Releases Double CD – Unleash the Love

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Legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Grammy Winner, New York Times Best-Selling Author, co-founder and chief lyricist of The Beach Boys, Mike Love, is set to release a special double album on November 17 through BMG. Entitled Unleash the Love, the albumwill feature 13 previously unreleased songs and 12 re-recordings of Beach Boys classics. The album is produced by Grammy-winning producer, Michael Lloyd. To listen to the title track off of the album, "Unleash The Love," click here: http://bit.ly/2wyosO9. The album will be released on digital, double CD, and 2LP formats. It will be available for pre-order on October 27- once pre-ordered, fans will be able to stream and instantly download 3 album tracks (Do It Again, Darlin' and All the Love in Paris).

For more than fifty years, Mike Love has been the lead singer and front man of The Beach Boys taking the sounds of America's band to every corner of the globe- playing for crowds of up to 750,000 fans. Mike has co-authored more than a dozen hit singles, cementing The Beach Boys as one of the only artists to have produced twelve Top 10 Singles within 5 years. With iconic and timeless tracks like "Good Vibrations," "Fun, Fun, Fun," "I Get Around," and "Kokomo," The Beach Boys have created some of the most performed songs in pop music history.

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