by Mark Anthony Brennan
25. “Blue Juniper” by The Sylvia Platters
Abbotsford/Vancouver band The Sylvia Platters hit a career height with this ’60s sunshine rock-inspired gem.
24. “In Between the Bars” by Krill Williams
A breezy breath of shoegaze air from the brilliant Krill Williams from Calgary.
23. “Box of Glass (ft. Zara Marie)” by Nigel Young
The quirkiness of this track, featuring vocals by Zara Marie, will pull you in, so enjoy the slacker/psych ride.
22. “ARGUING WITH STRVNGERS” by MVLL CRIMES
The raw, angry sounds of London’s MVLL CRIMES are a fun blast.
21. “Late Night Streamer” by Bad Pop
The band formerly known as Hot Panda weave low-key, slightly warped magic.
20. “Motorbrains” by Ultra Mega
The Winnipeg band’s endearing and hilarious recollection of a childhood menace known as Motorbrains.
19. “SUNAUVVA” by Beatrice Deer
Beatrice Deer’s track bristles with originality and energy.
18. “Sarajevo” by Eamon McGrath
A gripping epic about the city of Sarajevo.
17. “Gentle on My Mind” by GODFREE
Country EDM? Check out Montreal producer GODFREE’s take on an old Glen Campbell song.
16. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by TRUTH
Nanaimo’s Monica McGregor (aka TRUTH) renders a sparse but highly imaginative take on a movie classic.
15. “Tourist Town” by JP Lancaster & Jared Jackel’s Bad Vibrations
This tune strikes a wonderful balance between Lancaster’s cool, jazzy vibes and Jackel’s warped psychedelic leanings.
14. “Pull Me Up” by dumb
An ingeniously crafted tune that captures the slacker soul of Vancouver.
13. “Never Been” by Darkometro
A gorgeous tune with eternal grace, from the new duo Darkometro.
12. “Hail Mary (ft. Rasheed Chappell)” by Sargeant X Comrade
A startlingly original work of contemporary R&B, from Calgary’s Yolanda Sargeant with producer Comrade.
11. “Tyrants Palace” by Dead Tired
A stupendous riff highlights this joyride of growling menace.
10. “Mirror” by Russell Louder
Russell again brings their magical touch to experimental dance music.
9. “I Don’t Think We Can Be Friends” by TOVI
Rebecca Emms (aka TOVI) with an electronic blast fuelled with trip-hop angst.
8. “Two Faced” by Megamall
Vancouver garage band Megamall hit a grungy/emo sweet spot.
7. “Chattels” by Brava Kilo & Annie Sumi
A charming tune which is deliberated jumbled to represent the chaos created when goods were confiscated from prisoners at Internment Camps for Japanese/Canadians during WW II.
6. “High Five” by Abby Sage
A lysergic folk groove with an enticing kick.
5. “Teeth Agape” by Tanya Tagaq
Tagaq visceral growled vocals combined with exciting electronics makes for a cinematic experience.
4. “The Weeping Man” by By Divine Right
This beautiful track by the Toronto art rockers is mournful and ethereal.
3. “Chemical Emotion” by JEEN.
Absolutely spellbinding work of pop-rock from singer-songwriter JEEN.
2. “Set yourself free” by AUS!Funkt
Killer rhythms power this post-punk call to the masses.
1. “Walking Feels Slow” by Eliza Niemi
A soft folk charmer with a delightfully eccentric delivery.