by Mark Anthony Brennan
25. “X” by Bratboy
The name change from BB to Bratboy doesn’t disguise the fact that this is really cool dark surf,
24. “Instrumental EP” by hansmole
hansmole proves she’s just as formidable without vocals.
23. “Salade-Secte” by LOOK SACRÉ
LOOK SACRÉ master the art of gloom pop. Uplifting and depressing, in equal measures.
23. “Dirt Fight” by Man Meat
A nasty slice of post-punk, with hardcore viciousness.
21. “Where a City Once Drowned: The Bethlehem Tapes Vol. II” by Clara Engel
Engel is without doubt a Canadian treasure. Personal, artistic, mesmerizing, and, oh, so cool.
20. “A new American Classic” by Shirley & the Pyramids
Aron Zacharias has an almost uncanny ability to create engaging shoe-gazey psych.
19. “3 Songs for the Road” by HARSH
Gritty punk with a feminist/queer bent is damn fine with us.
18. “Spero’s” by Sleeepy Dog
A unique blend of garage rock and americana. Only a Vancouver band could pull this off.
17. “Toothsayer” by Tanya Tagaq
One of Canada’s prominent experimental artists entraces once again.
16. “Whatever” by L CON
Lisa Conways continues to produce intimate music on a fascinating palette.
15. “Open Up and Bleed” by Flatbed
Nanaimo’s masters of hardcore noise strike again. It’s like short blasts of pain that bring pleasure.
14. “Smaller Than Death” by Crashing Into Things
Edgy and disturbing, but what fun psych-drenched romp.
13. “Mes Amis” by BLVD NOIR
Instrumental forays into dub, jazz, house and you name it.
12. “Oath of Intent” by Deliluh
Toronto’s Deliluh manage to be as free-form and artsy as hell, and still be engaging.
11. “H2BH” by PROPERTY
Newfoundland’s Property strike a lovely balance between the music’s angularity and the breeziness of Sarah Harris’ vocals.
10. “Cut Your Teeth” by Necking
In a false pop package, this is some killer punk. Pretty hard to resist.
9. “Dip’n’Dot” by Purlicue
Purlicue expand their musical range to fantastic effect.
8. “2” by Virtues & Failings
The mysterious Virtues & Failings again mine the motherlode of high gothic post-punk.
7. “Alive Inside” by Braintree
Intriguing artsy trio produce music that’s as catchy as it is strange.
6. “Beat My Distance” by Anemone
Chloe Soldevila and company paint broad brushes of colourful psych-pop/kosmische.
5. “WLMRT Forever” by WLMRT
Noisy, discordant and abrasive. Add “clever” in there and you get the idea.
4. “Mandarins” by Graftician
From the mind of Roxanne Nesbitt comes something strange, soulful and deeply rewarding.
3. “Altering the Timeline” by PIQSIQ
Sisters Kayley Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik (of Quantum Tangle) create ethereal beauty.
2. “Half Nermal” by Polly Dactic
Wild, unpredictable and dark. Also deviously delicious.
1. “Death Drive” by Debby Friday
Electronic hip-hop with serious hardcore heaviness. A form of Messiah.