by Mark Anthony Brennan
25. ‘Dislocation’ by danes
The abrasive rumbling of Vancouver’s danes does not detract from the post-rock artistry at work, in fact it enhances it.
24. ‘Attention Span’ by hundredmillionthousand
A dazzling, eclectic mix from Edmonton experimental composer Noel Fanaeian.
23. ‘Stonedhenge’ by DRUG SAUNA
Calgary stoner duo DRUG SAUNA play doom metal at a funeral’s pace.
22. ‘Both Feet in the World, At Least I Can Stand‘ by Laura Hickli
Hickli’s artful chamber pop is delightful in unexpected ways.
21. ‘The Fool‘ by Krill Williams
Krill Williams’ innate quirkiness draws you into their dreamy, bedroom goodness.
20. ‘185 on the Corner’ by Paul Jacobs
More woozy, psych-pop from Montreal’s Paul Jacobs.
19. ‘nutty grotto’ by divorcer
Crazy unconventional song structures make this outing by divorcer a post-punk pop treat.
18. ‘Private Lives’ by Private Lives
Composed of members of Pale Lips, Lonely Parade and Priors, Private Lives hits the sweet spot between jangling post-punk and experimental noise rock.
17. ‘Sham Family’ by Sham Family
Things go from direct in-your-face rock to the downright strange on this debut from Sham Family.
16. ‘Visibly Choked’ by Visibly Choked
Refreshingly inventive art-punk, occasionally melodic and occasionally abrasive.
15. ‘Le voyage de M. Lonely dans la lune’ by Elephant Stone
Elephant Stone sing in French in this delightful psych-rock adventure.
14. ‘Joyful Joyful’ by Joyful Joyful
Cormac Culkeen and Dave Grenon (aka Joyful Joyful) gift us this combination of unique soaring vocals and electronic drone.
13. ‘Tired and Unwell at Pandora’s Box’ by SoyJoy
An intimate recording of SoyJoy’s idiosyncratic confessional strange-folk.
12. ‘I’ve Never Met a Stranger’ by Picastro
Veterans Picastro still entrance us with their off-beat charm.
11. ‘In Mind’ by TRUTH
Lo-fi and personal recording of Monica McGregor’s spacey, sparse creations.
10. ‘Honest Injun’ by TJ Felix
A wild collection of experimental basement numbers reflecting on growing up Indigenous.
9. ‘Hey’ by Diamondtown
Nova Scotia supergroup Diamondtown lay down an impeccable EP of shimmering psych-folk.
8. ‘Spellbook’ by Michael Slumber
Wandering through Michael Slumber’s spell-binding songs is a trippy experience.
7. ‘Hard Flirt’ by Yessica Woahneil & Danny Kidd
An irresistible collection of low-key folk-punk musings.
6. ‘Stars We Lost’ by Lammping
In a year of great psych-rock, ‘Stars We Lost’, delivered with unbridled exuberance, takes the cake.
5. ‘Escape from Lizard City’ by Megamall
Playful punk-pop with aggressive undertones in a dazzling debut.
4. ‘Psych Pedal’ by Bad Pop
A dreamy wooziness pervades this frenetic headlong drive into the realm of post-everything.
3. ‘Hard to be a God’ by Whitney K.
It sounds awfully vain, but with this collection of quirky, off-beat ballads, the shoes fits.
2. ‘Mal Casual’ by Jared Jackel’s Bad Vibrations
Nothing but good vibrations in these psychedelic cowboy blues.
1. ‘YOU EMBVRRVSS ME’ by MVLL CRIMES
Hardcore punk with an artsy edge thanks to clever lyrical statements, sometimes spoken, sometimes sung, sometimes screamed.