The Best Tracks of 2019, #4

4. Weyes Blood, “Everyday” “True love is making a comeback,” sings Natalie Mering on the pretty single “Everyday”. “For only half because the rest just feel bad.” That dynamic between the happy and the miserable drives the song, which sounds so much like a Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition that it feels familiar as soon as […]

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The Best Albums of 2019, #5

5. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising (Sub Pop) Singer-songwriter Natalie Mering had been building toward something big over the course of her first three albums under the Weyes Blood moniker, but in spite of whatever expectations people might have had, nothing could have prepared them for the blindsiding grandeur of Titanic Rising. A combination of […]

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The Best Albums of 2019, #17

17. Louise Burns, Portraits (Light Organ) This past decade Louise Burns has steadily established herself as one of the better singer-songwriters in Western Canada. Sadly, when you’re one of the better singer-songwriters in Western Canada, it’s not exactly easy to get the tastemakers in Toronto to notice. It’s not fair that Burns should be tagged […]

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The Best Tracks of 2018, #17

17. Mitski, “Geyser” It only takes 183 seconds for Mitzki Miyawaki to achieve more than most other pop songs in 2018 could in four minutes. I never cared for her music prior to this year, but “Geyser” floored me with its boldness, its complete abandonment of convention. There’s no structure, there are some shocking surprises […]

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The Best Albums of 2017, #15

                        15. Alvvays, Antisocialites (Royal Mountain) The big criticism when Molly Rankin and Alvvays modestly burst on to the scene in 2015 was that while it was nice and pleasantly twee, what was the bloody point when bands like Camera Obscura already did all […]

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