By Kendra Cooper

Named after the Wiccan life after death, Coleman Hell’s latest album Summerland is a bound to cast a spell on you while you wait for the sun to come up. The album features Coleman’s million-stream hits Two-Heads and Fireproof

A Tribe Called Red - We Are the Halluci Nation

By Kendra Cooper

This isn’t some vague protest music calling out to a hard-to-grasp cause. It is relevant and part of our cultural landscape. Colonialism, missing Indigenous women, incarceration, residential schools, reserves and the environment are all woven through body-shaking beats.

July Talk - Touch

By Jasmine Proctor

Honestly, it’s rare to find a band that captivates you in the way July Talk did for me with their recently released sophomore album, Touch. Raw, fresh, abrasive, and blunt, Touch wore its emotions on its sleeve; blending elements of punk, classic rock, and indie to create a truly immersive experience for the listener.

Minor Matter - S/T

By Chloe Sjuberg

When we talk about contemporary folk, instrumental music doesn’t always get a lot of space. Lyrics and lead vocals are big parts of the genre. But with their debut self-titled album, Minor Matter might change the way you think. The Saskatoon quintet describe their experimental, largely instrumental music as “orchestral folk," and that doesn't even quite capture the unique sounds you'll find here.

HIGHS - Dazzle Camouflage

By Morgan Berna

With I Do, Do You? you are immediately transported to summer, blasting the single while having a drink with friends on the deck. It’s a strong start to the album.

Savages - Adore Life

By Brendan Tuytel

Much like Silence Yourself, the band approaches perfection but gets lost in an attempt to be bold. Muddled by their own message, their dedication to a theme can border on overbearing and overstated; some ideas fall flat, especially in comparison to the excellence of its high points. Adore Life is the perfect example of an album that suffers by being attempting to be something beyond the sum of its parts. The cohesion that holds the pieces together is faulty compromising the integrity of their entirety. Though it arguably improves on their debut in every way, there are still the same couple moments that ruin the flow that is so expertly established, causing a calamitous halt. 

Aidan Knight - Each Other

By Rose Morris

Victoria artist Aidan Knight’s latest album, Each Other, tip-toes in gently and slowly lulls you into a heady, blissful trance. The album begins with the title track, which sets the tone for the next seven songs with its husky vocals paired with densely layered, yet oddly delicate, instrumentals.

Yukon Blonde - On Blonde

By Rose Morris

It only took one listen to realize that this is the summertime album I was waiting for. Chock-full of catchy melodies and memorable lyrics, the songs on this album get stuck in your head almost immediately.

A Tribe Called Red - Suplex EP

By Graham White

It is hard to expect anything less than amazing from Juno Award Winning Artists formally known as A Tribe Called Red. Ian Campeau, Bear Witness, and Tim “2oolman” Hill come together, blending dubstep/hip hop inspired dance beats with traditional First Nation sounds to create what can only be described as absolutely phenomenal dance music.

Shad - Boarding Pass EP (with DJ T. LO)

By Brendan Tuytel

Boarding Pass EP is a condensed product; the five tracks only add up to 13 or so minutes. But the lyrical dexterity makes every minute its own analytical process. 

Shred Kelly - Sing to the Night

By Rose Morris

I never expected to be this excited about any band that proudly identifies as creators of the term “Stoke-Folk,” but Shred Kelly’s music is a whole lot more complex and a whole lot less Spicolli than that cringe-worthy phrase implies.

Echo Nebraska - Send The Ships EP

By Adam Briscoe

Send The Ships is a fantastic EP that bares similarities to the works of Fleet Foxes and Matthew Barber. The EP is catchy, fun, and full of great lyrics.

Leah Mertz - Rewire EP

By Christina Ferguson

Rewire begins with an instrumental version of what you might have imagined floating in the depths of the galaxy might sound like if the stars surrounding you could create music.

The Ponderosas - Until Dawn

By Rose Morris

The Ponderosas are not an easy band to label, but one thing for sure is that the music is very high-energy and irresistibly danceable, and the rich sultry vocals are to die for. Despite (or more likely because of) the mixed-up genres present in the music, The Ponderosas have got a strong cohesive identity that’s all their own and will set them apart from the crowd for years to come.

Lovecoast - Chasing Tides EP

By Morgan Berna

Chasing Tides is everything an R&B inspired EP should be - catchy, soulful, and focused on quality musicianship. With a collective group background in post-secondary music education, it’s no surprise that Lovecoast knows how to get an audience’s attention.

Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity

By Gloss Tatum

This collection of songs sways between hopeful reflections and darker enticing sounds

Laura Reznek - Who Came Before Us

By Morgan Berna

If you are looking for an album with a full, solid sound, that has the capacity to intrigue your mind as well as your ears, look no further than Who Came Before Us. The harmonies, amazing crescendos, and cool piano was able to pique my interest, and the thought-provoking lyrics were enough to keep me listening all album long.

The Newks - Grandfathers

By Charlie Dims

Within the five songs on their EP, The Newks go through a variety of different musical genres and sounds. While such flexibility within one record can sometimes prevent a band from honing in on a sound that is uniquely theirs, The Newks manage to avoid this pitfall by never submitting themselves fully to one genre, letting their core sonic identity always comes out on top.

The Velveteins - Fresh Claws

By Graham White

The Velveteins’ latest work, Fresh Claws, goes beyond sound, a lyrical deity both bizarre and beautiful. A coasting lurid affair of the mind, tantric and divine, each track weaves the listener through a forest of melody-trees and rhythmic undergrowth. It takes no time to be completely immersed in the thick and twisting sounds. Fans of early works by The Unicorns or Islands will be enamored by The Velveteins.

My Side of the Mountain - Walnut St.

By Graham White

Walnut St. is a post-rock diamond. "Like ripples in a pool of mercurous liquid, Walnut St. moves hypnotically, weaving together it’s individual parts into a monumental whole. It wraps around the listener’s ears, as if tucking them in to sleep in a bed of white molasses."

The Real Ponchos - Since I Let You Go

By Jessica Rinfret

Since I Let You Go, the latest release by Vancouver band The Real Ponchos, makes Best New Canadian. Its blend of traditional country styled tracks, instrumental pieces, and ballads has us excited to see what The Real Ponchos will have to offer next.

JPNSGRLS - Circulation

By Graham White

JPNSGRLS ’ debut LP Circulation opens with a bang, shocking listeners into a instantaneous dance-fest. The Vancouver quartet has released an album that is so full of intensity and energy that no one song can be listened to as a single.

The Wisers - It's Safe I'm Not Here

By Adam Briscoe

If you're looking for your rock fix, look no further than debut album, It's Safe I'm Not Here, by Calgary band The Wisers. Adam leads you through the tracks, and as he writes: "Each song gives you something to hold onto, and with their high-energy, don't you dare let go."

Chromeo - White Women

By Jessica Rinfret

Montreal's Chromeo release White Women, a groovy, retro album that is sure to get listeners dancing. While they mostly stick to a 70s and 80s sound, the lyrics stay current, fun, and accessible for a broad range of listeners. Simply put, this is a fun album and will be a must for summer dance parties.

Current Swell - Ulysses

By Morgan Berna

If you are looking for an upbeat, catchy, summer album Ulysses would make a great addition to your collection. While typically deemed surf-rock, Current Swell proves on Ulysses that they are by no means one-dimensional when it comes to genre. Hints of garage-rock, country, and ballad exist within the paradise created in Ulysses, keeping listeners engaged all album long.

Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

By Brendan Tuytel

Finding sudden success following 2 we'd expected things to be different on DeMarco's next album. Luckily for us, things haven't changed much. Songs are still reminiscent of warped tapes from the '70s in that way only DeMarco can make work. On Salad Days you can practically smell the cigarettes burning and wallpaper fading, helping DeMarco earn his deserved spot on our 'Best New Canadian' list.

Bend Sinister - Animals

By Morgan Berna

From the moment the electric guitar builds up on first track Best of You, Animals draws listeners in. Hailing to the stylings of Queen and Pink Floyd Animals' compositional skill is nothing short of impressive. This album is a game changer for the rock scene, and other bands had better take note.

Wake Owl - The Private World of Paradise

By Jessica Rinfret

Released March 4, Wake Owl's The Private World of Paradise is an easy cool album full of funk and soul. Its dreamy, carefree feel gives the album the ability to lull listeners into a relaxed state. However, does the constant use of higher-pitches and synths pose an issue for audiences? Writer Jessica Rinfret weighs in.

The Seasons - Velvet EP

By Morgan Berna

Having just released their debut album Velvet EP January 9, 2014, Quebec band The Seasons is sure to be a hit with indie-folk lovers. The carefree melodies contrast the melancholic lyrics, giving this album a unique sound with room for interpretation.