householder – commonplace

Cosmic Americana is what householder plays from the heart. His folk guitar instrumental playing has a comforting pastoral essence that is honest, welcoming and warm. It is an antidote for strained and struggling times, reminding us that heightened expression and emotion can emerge through harmonious sounds of a single instrument.

The two-song release commonplace/escarpment country can be found on Bandcamp.

The Breaking English – Self Destructive Tendencies

The Breaking English family scrambles awake, creating hilarious mischief and races to make their studio recording time in their first-ever music video! Filmed across their hometown of Guelph, Self Destructive Tendencies is their soundtrack, a motivational indie pop rock chant on self-reflection on ones own doubts and perception, and to acknowledging them so as to work on rising up.

Self Destructive Tendencies is the third single released by The Breaking English. Their debut album dvandva will be released on April 24th 2020 on Bandcamp and other music services.

Ben Grossman – organistrum:prototype

Guelph musician developed and presented this long-string macro-scaled vielle à roue / hurdy gurdy, bowed with mechanically driven rotating wheels, as a sound instillation at Kazoo! Fest 2018.

“In this iteration, six strings of between 20 and 32 metres (about 65-105 feet) in length are activated by rosined wheels under computer control. They are amplified by a resonator made of a large arch of fibreglass. Strings of such lengths behave in many unusual ways and the sound you are hearing is completely acoustic and untreated.”

Nicholas’ Personal Best of 2019 – Top 20 Albums

Kitzl – 40 Moons That We Know Of [self-released]

Bombnivours – Metamorphonic [self-released]

Waxlimbs – The Autumn Bell [self-released]

Iamthemorning – The Bell [Kscope]

Mappe Of – The Isle of Ailynn [Paper Bag Records]

MIMICO – Hi-Action [Hand Drawn Dracula]

Devours – Iconoclast [Artoffact Records]

Clara Engel – Where a City Once Drowned: The Bethlehem Tapes Vol. II [self-released]

Most People – Call Me Up [self-released]

A Formal Horse – Here Comes A Man From The Council With A Flamethrower [self-released]

Mark Wylie – Moments [self-released]

Bent Knee – You Know What They Mean [Inside Out Music]

Bleu Nuit – Le jardin des mémoires [Michel Records]

Flore Laurentienne – Vol 1 [Costume Records]

Angel Bat Dawid – The Oracle [International Anthem]

Hymns57 – Peyote Road Burn [self-released]

Eric Thorfinnson – Qwag [self-released]

Warez – Warez [self-released]

Organ Mood – Indivisible [Dare To Care Records]

Courtney Swain – Between Blood and Ocean [self-released]

Honourable Mentions: nêhiyawak – nipiy [Arts & Crafts] / Archipelago – Archipelago [s/r] / Eine Kleine China – User Illusion II [Boat Dreams From The Hill] / Sunglaciers – Foreign Bodies [s/r] / The Moon Runners – Wakeless 2096 [s/r] / Sarah Pagé – Dose Curves [Forward Music Group] / Colliding Canyons – Desert Ballads [s/r] / Comedy For Airports – Ambient 1: Comedy for Airports [s/r] / Matmos – Plastic Anniversary [Thrill Jockey] / Darkroom – The Noise Is Unrest [s/r]

NOTE: This list is in nonhierarchical order 😉 ❤

Nicholas’ Personal Best of 2019 – Top 20 EPs

Apollo Suns – Dawn Offerings [self-released]

L CON – Whatever EP [self-released]

Mark Wylie – Fable EP [self-released]

Low Kites – Maybe Its Because [self-released]

Wangled Teb – Seasonal Depression [TwoFifteen Records]

Future Machines – Future Machines [self-released]

NAVI – Cartography EP [self-released]

Clara Engel – Little Blue Fox [self-released]

Douleur Fantôme – Foi et Travail [self-released]

Aaron Novik – No Signal [self-released]

Glassreel – Unalike EP [self-released]

Algorhythm – Algorhythm EP [self-released]

Drunk at the Library – where do you see yourself in 60 years, do you see yourself helping me out of the bath? [self-released]

Hold My Hand Spaceman – Everyone Grows But Me [self-released]

iskwē – Acākosīk [self-released]

WITCHXHAT – WITCHXHAT [Glue Gun Records]

BIRMANI – EP3 [Cuchabata Records]

Silent Island – Rapa Nui EP [self-released]

MOUTHFEEL – demonstration one [3 Nines Compact Cassettes]

Isla Den – Acid Dream [Bedroomer]

Honourable Mentions: Sauna – EP [Idée Fixe Records] / Brave Moon – Wild Thing [s/r] / Tea Room – Dress Up [s/r] / Burnaby – Wasted Time EP [3 Nines Compact Cassettes] / Hosana – Hosana EP [s/r] / King Dice – Red Version [s/r] / GURTH – A Better End [s/r] / Transstar – Famous Door [s/r] / Blonde Heir – First Feelings [s/r]

NOTE: This list is in nonhierarchical order 😉 ❤

Baffled Octopi/Coast to Coast to Coast Top 25 Canadian Albums of 2019

by Mark Anthony Brennan

whoop-szo

 
25. “Allo Futur” by Claude l’Anthrope
Claude Sophie Périard indulges in delicious beats.

 

24. “DRI HIEV” by DRI HIEV
DRi HIEV’s debut full-length is packed with cleverly arranged industrial beats and noise.

 

23. “Honey” by lungbutter
Art-punk meets doom/sludge. It’s like thick, tasty molasses.

 

22. “Dark Beings” by LAL
Both dark and bubbly, this neo-soul/electronic album is slinky and satisfying.

 

21. “Salt” by Blessed
Blessed proves they are one of the premier alternative bands around. A poised album, with both warmth and edginess.

 
20. “Above All Else” by redress
Victoria experimental artist scores big with minimalist electronics and highly personal vocals.

 

19. “Dear Bongo” by Motherhood
Fredericton’s Motherhood manage to make a cohesive statement, despite pulling out everything from doom rock to electronica and artsy punk.

 

18. “V” by Swim Team
Vancouver trio like to play improv-style, but they always seem to have complete control of their avant-pop/experimental garage sound.

 

17. “Stillness and Stars 2” by Stillness and Stars
Prog rock never sounded as fresh and relevant as this.

 

16. “Pity Party” by Slut Prophet
Noisy and wild punk, with a wicked, sly sense of humour.

 

15. “Every House Has a Light On” by TETRIX
TETRIX combine throw-back accordion with current doom-laden psych.

 

14. “Le jardin des mémoires” by Bleu Nuit
Post-punk in attitude but catchy and engaging in its delivery.

 

13. “Have You Met Elliott?” by Hélène Barbier
Have You Heard Hélène Barbier? If not you are missing out on her quirky vocals and sly (sometimes dark) arrangements.

 

12. “Foreign Bodies” by Sunglaciers
Shoegazey, melodic, gritty and edgy. All smoothly delivered by Sunglaciers.

 

11. “The Same But By Different Means” by Yves Jarvis
Formerly known as Un Blond, Jarvis continues to expand his musical universe with transcendent coolness.

 

10. “A Gaze Among Them” by B I G | B R A V E
Experimental posr-rock with heavy emphasis on thundering percussion and bass.

 

9. “Significant Changes” by Jayda G
Intricate textures and intriguing beats are rife on this electronic/house/soul release.

 

8. “Metamorphonic” by Bombnivores
This Halifax duo crank out coolly modern, slick and groove-based music.

 

7. “The Strange One” by MNGWA
This Vancouver collective serve up feisty world music like you’ve never heard. Exciting and multicultural, with impressive progressive touches.

 
6. “C’est ça” by Fly Pan Am
Fly Pan Am are veterans, but ‘C’est ça’ beats the pants pants off any contemporaries in the realm of avant/post-rock.

 
5. “Flowers for S” by Usse
With a solid foot in free-form jazz, Usse come up with the most impressive experimental/electronic album of the year.

 
4. “Primitive Feelings” (Parts I & II) by The High Dials
A delightful and clever blend of styles that makes for a trippy, cool, exciting, and groovy ride.

 
3. “Age Hasn’t Spoiled You” by Greys
Waves of grungy noise punctuated with islands of relative calm. This is, however, a highly focused album with fierce intensity.

 
2. “When I say to you Black Lightning” by Common Holly
Brigitte Naggar’s sophomore effort varies from folk to slinky rock and never lets up on emotional content.

 
1. “Warrior Down” by WHOOP-Szo
The Guelph band reaches new heights (and depths) on this concept album. The emotional power pushes through the heavy weight of their devastating music.