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 2017, #20

20. Louise Burns, “Who’s the Madman” Vancouver singer-songwriter Louise Burns is one of the most underrated artists in Canada, but those who follow her solo work know just how consistently good it’s been. 2017’s album Young Mopes continued her metamorphosis from young upstart with pop rock band Lillix to an alt-rock auteur. With its chiming […]

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The Best Singles of 2013, #6

Louise Burns, “Emeralds Shatter” I was a great admirer of Louise Burns’ solo debut Mellow Drama a couple years ago, but her follow-up The Midnight Mass knocked my socks off thanks to a much stronger vision and consistent tone. This time around she’s closed the shutters and embraced the darkness, and the end result is […]

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Honourable Mentions of 2013

The best of the rest, in alphabetical order: Altar Of Plagues, Teethed Glory and Injury: Nobody had any idea this would be the final album by the genre-bending Irish band, but what a note to go out on, as they took their black metal/post-metal influences and turned that sound on its ear with a surreal, […]

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