In case you hadn’t noticed, my iPhone is full of Canadian artists and Feist is one of them. Calgary‘s own Leslie Feist had a major hit back in 2007 with her album “The Reminder“. It contained her major hit “1234” which had a life of its own after being used in an Apple iPod Nano commercial and on Sesame Street. I mean, how big are you when you get to sing a duet with Elmo. Feist has also got an extensive filmography and is also a regular member of the indie group “Broken Social Scene”, who are also worth a listen. This song, “I Feel It All”, was also on the album and received extensive airplay in Canada. It was also featured in the movie “The Accidental Husband”. Great album. Great song.
I missed a few weeks due to vacation. This will be a lengthy, yet abbreviated edition of new Canadian music, encompassing October 2011.
First we will see and hear Rich Aucoin and his new release “We are all Dying to Live”. Out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Rich has a unique alternative sound. The featured track is “Push” and features Rich handling all the roles in the band. Good video, interesting tune.
Next up is Current Swell and their album “Long Time Ago”. The band is out of Victoria, BC and can be labelled as new roots style. The attached video is a track called “Young and Able”. An excellent tune, and added to my iPod s I type this. I predict that we will hear more from this band.
My third entry is from Hamilton, Ontario based rock outfit, Arkells and their new disc “Michigan Left”. Another highly regarded and talented Canadian group, this band will be around for a while. The attached track is called “Whistleblower”.
My 4th and biggest release for the month is Calgary’s Feist. Her new album is titled “Metals”. the first single released is “How Come You Never Go There”. The attached is Feist live, performing the single on David Letterman.
We next visit with the son of Canada’s legendary Leonard Cohen, Adam Cohen. Adam released his album “Like a Man” and I have to say he has some of his father in his music, yet it is definitely his own. The attached video is a live version of “What Other Guy”, played at CBC3’s Studio 211 sessions. A great song by any measure, worth the listen. The potential is here to be a major talent.