MUST HAVE CANADIAN INDIE ALBUMS-January 2014

Well, it’s already February and time for our top album picks of January.

BETRAYERSLet The Good Times Die

betrayers1This  fuzzed up, punked out, psych,60s garage band from Edmonton, Alberta band blew me away with their third release. The songs are short, yet poignant. The sound is full. The music seems to want to  go somewhere, but the vocals and the melody take it somewhere else. There is tremelo everywhere. This is not music for the masses. Betrayers create a unique world with their music, perhaps a world on a yet to be discovered planet. Let The Good Times Die is not for the focused. I refer to this as the ADHD sound: Its all over the place. Yet, it makes sense. And it works. It is different. It is weird. It is amazingly cool. A great album. A great listen. A wonderful experience. 

JON MULLANEShine

jm2This native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, rocks. It rocks Halifax and Jersey. Jon Mullane writes amazing songs with exceptional melodies. He has that cool, gravelly voice, and subtle approach to instrumentation. His passion for 1960’s pop and 1970’s garage create a near perfect hybrid  of garage-pop. And he looks the part. White t shirt, jeans, and a bit of a snarl that reminds me of early Springsteen. But Mullane is his own force to be reckoned with.  Three singles have already been lifted from the album“New American Girl”, “Body Rock”, and “Any Other Way”. A great writer, a great musician, a great album. One of the coolest albums I have had the good fortune to have listened to. Definitely one for your collection and your car.

REDAMBERGREENNo City

The LondonOntario band, Redambergreen seems to have reinvented themselves. With the addition of new vocalist Sara Preston, the 2013 No City EP sees the band move to a heavier, gutsier sound.I had written ragabout their prior EP, and remarked that I had expected more. Well, here it is. There are definite elements of heavier rock, which the band embraces. The riffs are driving, yet subtle. The drumming is powerful.   The songs are well written and masterfully played. There is a fullness to the sound that I like. The production is dead on. Redambergreen nails it with this effort, providing a blend of power-pop, alternative rock, and hard rock. A wonderful album from talented musicians, who found their sound. Incredibly good.

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