Dog Day – Fade Out

Dog Day does it again. Without a doubt one of the best Canadian bands of the 21st century. That same deadpan charm and melodic genius permeates. It is a perfect marriage of pop and punk without calling it either. Perfect.

Baby Cages – I’m So Sorry

This is so damn good. What do I say… this hits on so many argue job check boxes: low fidelity, croon, deeply felt, melodious but still challenging enough to set itself apart. I have no idea what they could possibly be sorry for. I guess I’m sorry, sorry for not getting this to the readers sooner.

Sea Glasses – Beach Glass

We’ve been enjoying the sounds of the Dartmouth / Halifax dyad Sea Glasses for some time now. Beach Glass is the spiffiest item in their discography thus far. They glide in as smooth as ever with just the right carbonated fizzle to make it bite. Seems like there’s a dash of british invasion in the mix this time around. I hear a little something of The Drums, a little something of Mac Demarco, a big something of Sea Glasses. You can think or dream to this, it’s sunday napping muzik.

Old & Weird – Judy Cool

Need a lift? Old & Weird continue to push the frontier of music that makes you feel cool, happy, and friendly all at once. This is for the good feels, food for the ears, a silver lining for the gloom face in all of you. Judy Cool joins their already stellar discography of messy jangle pops. If you dig this, dig into their other hits too. It’s all money.

Gianna Lauren – On Personhood

Gianna Lauren’s album On Personhood is an emotional exploration of the complexities of everyday living. Her delicate voice and bold guitar choices contrast perfectly to show the realities of modern life. Her voice is soft, light, and haunting. Her guitar playing varies from gentle to an adventurous bluesy sound. “Bitches Brew,” one of the album’s most notable songs, is carried by Lauren’s obvious creativity and talent. The song slowly builds itself, like any brew, reaching a conclusion that is no doubt as rewarding as its process. The album’s perfection is no doubt supported by her all-star engineer (Andy Magoffin, who worked with Feist, The Constantines, Two-Minute Miracles) and producer (Justin Nace, who worked with Great Lake Swimmers, Tusks). Lauren herself plays with a variety of folk, roots, and even bluesy sounds, all done with a touch of modernity. She leaves listeners with a reminder that everyday life is best explored with clear inspiration from a variety of musical styles delicately sewn together.