New Releases: latest albums from alberta music artists
Alberto | Battlemoose
""A + B = C" - is the first work by the Canadian drone and soundscape artist Battlemoose and the Italian producer and sound designer Alberto. The project is based on the free intersection between two separate compositions, A [by Alberto] and B [by Battlemoose] summed in their resultant C.
This simple equation is the only basic ground rule of their format, driving their research to a virtually infinite number of unpredetermined resultants."
Good Things Come To Those Who Wait
The Spanish Flies
"Originally from Peru, Fel Gamarra moved to Edmonton in 2014 and, upon experiencing the Alberta winter, established his own sunny musical style to brighten up the dark days and frigid nights. The Spanish Flies bring a dash of latin influence and a healthy serving of punk passion to the Edmonton music scene. Good Things Come to Those Who Wait may just be a taste, but it showcases a depth of range and a bright energy."
Philae and Rosetta
"Philae and Rosetta is a gorgeous instrumental album inspired by the European Space Agency’s mission bearing the same name. Musician Colin Lynch watched in awe from 317 million miles away as the impossible became a reality. The event was overshadowed in the media by typically unimportant non-news, which sprung Lynch into action to score a tribute for the landing. "
Lost In The Right Direction
The Prairie States
"The band spent 2 years writing and woodshedding with a selection of Edmonton’s finest collaborators such as The Dungarees, The Boom Chucka Boys, and Jay Sparrow. They saw which songs stuck and which needed to hit the bricks. Now armed with a undeniable 8 tracks, The Prairie States quickly got in the studio with producer Jay Sparrow (Scenic Route To Alaska, Owls By Nature) and mixer/engineer Brad Smith (Nuela Charles, iamhill) to lay down their debut record Lost In The Right Direction. "
Driving in the Dark
"Driving In The Dark’s ten songs—led by the singles “Rose Coloured Frames” and “One Time Asking”—paint poetically plainspoken highs and lows, long nights and hard days, all filtered through Mariel’s wry, no-bullshit perspective, and enhanced by the impressive team she assembled for the recording sessions, led by producer Leeroy Stagger at his Rebeltone Ranch studio in Lethbridge, Alberta."
"Having grown up with a healthy dose of The Eagles on the tape deck of his father's Chevy, Kennedy likewise blends strong musicianship with warm melodies and easy-listening vocals. On HOME Kennedy displays his abilities as a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, trumpet and glockenspiel. Fittingly the album was recorded within Kennedy's family HOME using the sonic advantage provided by the large spaces to capture the warm, natural acoustics of the house."
"Ginelle James, a singer/songwriter from Calgary, AB, has a sound all her own. From the country influences of Reba & Trisha to the soulful sound of Aretha and Adele, James’ music has been described as raw, authentic and full of emotion.James has worked with Bart McKay Studios of Saskatoon and OCL Studios of Calgary to create her debut EP."
We're Here For Each Other
I Am The Mountain
Twenty One - Nighters
Skinny Dyck & Friends
"A discerning purveyor of hot twang and battered heart honky tonk, Skinny Dyck is equal parts revivalist and visionary. An apprentice of the pedal steel guitar and an inventive penman of song, the obvious country music influences don’t serve to demystify his talents."
"It has a way of caressing your soul and understanding that at times we feel lost, insecure and filled with anxiety…but there’s always a way back to home. There’s a voice, a whisper, a melody, a certain something magical and unique waiting to pull us back if we want it and truly seek it."
This Desolate Bliss
"So much about the world is stormy, and dark, and hard to carry with us, but Lindsey Walker uses art as way to take it on, to hold a sense of strength and power. For that, this desolate bliss. is a necessary and fearless plunge into what can be a beautiful depth."
"Dreamy melodies and psychedelic summer vibes take you somewhere warm and far away. Windigo is the relentlessly lovable brain-child of Anthony Kameka (guitar & vocals), Del Coburn (bass), Tory Rosso (guitar) and Mitch Cooper (drums). Kameka's mellow yet powerful vocals and Cooper's exquisite rhythms balance expertly with Coburn and Rosso’s infectious artistry."
"Our music is inspired by the road; by the places that we’ve visited throughout Canada and the United States. The Cheap Gin album has elements of Old Time/Gospel, Funk and Soul and some dusty desert rock songs inspired by the deep southwest. The songs are co-written by Amy and Brad. Usually, Brad puts down a bass groove to set the tone, then we fill it out from there."
"Unafraid of both straight-up hooks and experimental song structure, RALEIGH is a band carving their own space in new music. Thoughtful refrains are woven by vocals, cello, and guitar, with drums and bass treading the groove together. It is indie rock, damaged by art, delicate and exposed but intimately pointed, connectivity through song."
HypoCRT 1: .M4A
"JHNN (pronounced J-H-double-N), or John K Arum, is a producer/DJ from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Having been active in production and DJing since 2009 in his bedroom while bringing his DJing skills to clubs three years later, he’s developed a sound that can be described as “mellow dark disco”."
A Hundred Lives
"Lisa Anderson's second full-length release reflects the struggles and the joys of embracing all life has to offer – the dark, the blissful, and the grey in between. Lisa's realistic optimism and quirky humour weave through her lyrics to form moments of kinship with her listeners."
Lost In Your Head
The Royal Foundry
"First coming onto the Edmonton music scene in 2013 as a newly-married alternative folk duo, Jared Salte and Bethany Schumacher have completely reinvented themselves with a solid and well-defined electro-pop sound. Drawing inspiration from the latest trends as well as movements from ‘90s Brit pop and ‘70s progressive rock, Salte and Schumacher dive deep into the exploration of love and relationship on a 13-track explosion of youthful expression and experimentation."
Drifting Through the Ordinary
"Brett's EP features the award-winning talents of guitarist Russell Broom (Jann Arden, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald), keyboardist Mike Little (Serena Ryder, Brett Kissel), bassist Chris Byrne (George Canyon, Jason McCoy), drummer Lyle Molzan (Dean Brody, David Wilcox) and many more"
Spencer Vaughn Band
Spencer Vaughn Band
"Sometimes you get into your car and sing as loud as your voice will let you... Other times at the end of a bad day you pour into your car, and you just want to sit in reverence knowing you are in the aura of something great. You let the music play to your soul. It was only natural that this precious space would breathe life into the growing call for this artist to forge ahead and find his sound."
"Our new EP is now available! A big thank you to Leeroy Stagger and Ryland Moranz at The Rebeltone Ranch for all your hard work in recording this EP. We’d also like to thank Amy Arsene for the beautiful album artwork and Steven Foord for completing the album layout. It now looks and sounds as good as we hoped. We are so excited to be able to share our music with you."
The Raven & The Fox
The Raven & The Fox
"Like their namesakes, The Raven & The Fox offer a sound with a sly, mystical edge—what they’ve described from the beginning as “love-inspired mountain music.” The record is a haunting 10-track collection that displays Chang and Isaac’s irresistible rootsy sensibilities. The duo is poised to make an indelible first impression through the combination of Chang’s rich, dark-hued voice and songs as pure and awe-inspiring as a Rocky Mountain sunrise."
"With songs ranging from 2007 to now, I have finally released my debut EP album as a solo artist. The 5 songs on #IslandSoul give a glimpse into who I was, am and am becoming as a man and musician. I’m grateful for the opportunity and hope you all enjoy it."
"At the age of 15, she's is no newcomer to the stage. Whether busking at the farmer's market or performing at local pubs and house concerts, her soulful lyrics have been known to captivate audiences of all ages. Her songwriting is influenced by her unparalleled imagination, the beauty of nature and the world around her."
Over The Moon
"'Moondancer' is the debut album from Canadian Roots-Swing duo 'Over The Moon'. Mostly written and recorded in their ranch set square in the foothills of Alberta's Rocky Mountains, the songs range from 40's western swing, Appalachian, old time country blues and contemporary Americana."
"The Hermitess is the solo project of songwriter and harpist Jennifer Crighton, who comes by way of various other musical incarnations, including The Consonant C and Devonian Gardens. Stripping back the performance to a harp and a circle of women's voices, the Hermitess is an inquisitive, contrary, wounded, wise and ever dreaming incantation."
Everything And Nothing At All
"Celeigh Cardinal’s boldly named new album Everything and Nothing at All is just this, a timeless summer jam of straightahead rockers, blues shuffles and a couple heartbreakers on the edge of country, each of which shows off Cardinal’s soaring and confident vocal range, which she deploys without pretension over a bunch of great lyrics."
"The crash of surf and the howl of the wind through the coulees. Sun soaked and reverb drenched, this Lethbridge foursome are the spiritual sons of The Ventures and Ennio Morricone, purveyors of a hybrid style of instro that they call “coulee surf.” So go grab your board; that wheat isn’t going to shred itself."
Where The Love Comes Easy EP
"Wielding light guitars and a heavy stomping foot, Von Bieker ushers listeners into the soul’s best hideouts.Von Bieker's alternative folk reveals influences ranging from Radiohead to Glen Hansard; Bahamas to Hall and Oates; Cockburn to Cohen."
"If you’re a fan of Local H, Shellac, Brand New, Refused, and Death From Above 1979, powerful rock duo Cope will strike the right chord. Consisting of Mickey Hayward on drums and Tyson Wiebe on guitars and vocals, the duo plays loud, thoughtful, noisy, and unpredictable tunes. It’s all about the power of two."
Dead Men Can't Cat Call
"Feminist Calgary punks the Shiverettes are not exactly ones to mince words. The nine-song LP will feature a balance of politically charged material and more personal tracks following, as the band puts it, "your classic heartaches and breakups."
"Influenced by great artists such as The Foo Fighters, Oasis, The Tragically Hip and Sloan, their live set not only plays off the tones of 90’s inspired rock, but truly adds warmth and belonging to any room. With this release, Hungry Hollow looks to push the boundaries of Alternative Rock."
Moment In Time
"Kyler Schogen's guitar-based, feel-good music, consists of catchy, bluesy, melodic rock. Their dynamic live shows are all about flowing grooves and heartfelt deliveries. Starting in 1996 and covering ground from Whitehorse to the Mexican border, they’ve played over 3000 shows "
Into The Glow
"Locomotive Ghost’s fourth full-length album was was recorded with award-winning producers Russell Broom and Spencer Cheyne and was largely supported by a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2016. The album is the band members' most collaborative work yet, and it demonstrates the group's commitment to honest and raw expression with a relatable, pop approach."
SuperCircuitMan and other retro relix
Ross Campbell with The FatBand
"Ross Campbell with The FatBand is a band with a rather unique approach to their blend of funk, rock and alternative music. Their recent studio effort is a full-length album titled “SuperCircuitMan and other retro relix”. Their music is really hard to predict and categorize within a single music genre."
Passing Through Time
Wilfred N & the Grown Men
"I was lucky to be a teen during a very musically fertile time – when the Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and tonnes of other greats were creating fresh music for my fresh ears. To this day, I like it when an artist has his own sound but doesn't sound 'all the same'...and this is what I try to do."
"Cindy is deeply connected to her Indigenous roots and it shines through in every breath and beat. She truly believes in educating and healing through art and music and her compositions echo the sentiment to never soften your conviction to make others socially comfortable. With her distinct lyrical metaphors of love bitten with honesty, her passion for sharing her northern stories and her unique neo-folk style sound, Cindy Paul has taken flight into airwaves world wide."
Miss Scarlett and the Madmen
"With one foot in the shadow and one foot in the light Danielle exposes the dark corners of the psyche and brings these dark elements into the light. Delicious, darkly romantic Music. Intoxicating... Enchanting... Mesmerizing... Spell-Binding!"
Slave in a Stone
"With "Slave in a Stone," Hello Moth expands upon the extremes of his sound. From alt-pop anthems to dark cinematic monoliths, tribal punk techno to dollhouse rap ballads, the album displays an eclectic range of songwriting and production styles. Duality abounds both sonically and textually as organic sounds hold hands with glitchy electronics, and a subtle thematic undercurrent of religion and violence swirls throughout the work."
"With a haunting voice and elegant lyrics she delivers a musical renaissance inspired by history, poetry and life events spun with romance, fantasy and intelligent wit. In short, Rebecca is resurrecting the art of the 'Folktale' and making it accessible and hip again!"
When We Were Friends
"With its skilful blend of infectious folk-pop and incisive lyrics, Nancy Laberge’s new album When We Were Friends firmly establishes an important new voice in Canadian music. Many Albertans are already familiar with the Calgary-based singer/songwriter through her past efforts, as well as through being a fixture on the provincial scene. But with this second solo outing, Laberge has made a dramatic leap forward both in her own songwriting style and production approach."
"A “palimpsest” is a manuscript in which traces of the original can still be found – FOONYAP’s latest album is a raw and unguarded reflection of her tumultuous journey to self-discovery through her painful past. A hauntingly beautiful blend of folk and electronic that incorporates her Chinese heritage, each song captures various components of her past and present realities, be it through dark soundscapes that mirror anxious longing, or powerful electronic rifts that reflect painful life transitions."
Where The Air is Thin EP
"Where The Air is Thin", Von Bieker's first EP, is a product of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Repeat visits have infected Von Bieker with a certain kind of magic that surges through this EP and it's forthcoming counterpart, "Where The Love Comes Easy" (Spring 2017)."
Miesha & The Spanks
"“Motorin’” and “Stranger” are the first recordings released in collaboration with Paul Rawson and Danny Farrant (The Buzzcocks) in the producers’ chair. Their input and influence shaped the consistent gritty rock sounds of Miesha & The Spanks with nods to 50s girl group romanticism and tonality shifts in the vein of Queens of The Stone Age."
Jesse & The Dandelions
"True Blue is a thoughtful, evocative album that grows in appreciation on successive spins. In the simplest terms, it’s a dreamy pop record that ventures into the realm of the psychedelic.
Highlighted by compelling, layered instrumentation, coded ethereal lyrics and the occasional jangly guitar—True Blue leaves a lingering effect that is challenging and satisfying. Elegant harmonies drift throughout the record, summoning memories of late Beatles records crossed with early ’90s college-radio lyrics."
The Last We Heard of Him
Our Good Wolf
"A good mix between folk and rock is always welcome, but Edmonton’s Our Good Wolf has taken this formula to a new level. The 10 songs on this new album have a rich roots foundation but distinctive and incredibly executed classic and contemporary rock elements."
"The Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) nominated Karac Hendriks’ self-titled debut album for 2016 Album of the Year. The album was co-produced with Scott Greene (guitarist for the Derina Harvey Band and Van Halst) and recorded at Powersound Studios in Edmonton, Alberta. It features outstanding performances from musicians Travis Switzer (bassist for Dallas Smith, Deric Ruttan), Curtis Ebner (bassist for Dan Davidson, Hey Romeo), Brad Tebble (drummer for Jeff Stuart and the Hearts), Ed Smith (bassist for the Derina Harvey Band), Chris Tabbert (guitarist for the Cadillac Junkies), and Matt Grier (member of Pluck n' Holler)."
"Worldbeat meets classical violin: violinist Sophie Serafino fuses exotic, melodic and rhythmic sounds. With a performance style that has been described as passionate, fearless and intriguing, violinist Sophie Serafino shares her story through music, inspiring audiences to feel."
"Upsidedowntown plays a unique brand of Canadian Rock, having shared band influences such as Sloan, Big Wreck, Big Sugar, Tragically Hip, Neil Young and Nirvana. As musicians, band members cite Jimmy Page, Dean deLeo, Jon Bonham, Dave Grohl, Mike Dirnt and Geezer Butler as defining their individual sound."
"For her sixth CD, Canadian vocalist Cheryl Fisher has recorded an album unique in both its repertoire and her approach. Purposefully chosen to be on the quieter side, Fisher puts a personal stamp on these beautiful, rarely heard songs, applying her musicianship and gift for vocal interpretation in celebration of love, or the mourning of love lost."
King of Foxes
"King of Foxes' Golden Armour shines as brightly as its title suggests. The Edmonton band's debut LP has a tough outer shell that glistens with a delicious combination of slick pop hooks and leader Olivia Street's captivating vocals... If Golden Armour is any indication, the future looks bright for King of Foxes."