Montreal does a lot of things well, and music is no exception. Sometimes there can be so much new music that it’s hard to keep up, so we’ve collected some recent releases worth listening to – all straight out of our fair city!
Push – A Trak ft. Andrew Wyatt
Alain Macklovitch, known as A-Trak, is native to Montreal, and brother of David Macklovitch, one half of Chromeo. He has made his name in the electro/house scene, and owns the record label Fool’s Gold. A-Trak officially released “Push” featuring Andrew Wyatt in November 2014, but released his entrancing video for the single in January 2015. Here’s hoping that “Push” is the beginning of new music from him in 2015.
Love Ain’t Enough – The Barr Brothers
Originally playing music in Boston, several coincidental encounters with Montrealers brought brothers Andrew and Brad Barr here to form folk band The Barr Brothers in 2012 with musicians Sarah Pagé and Andrés Vial. Their album Sleeping Operator was released in October 2014, but their video for their single “Love Ain’t Enough” was released last month. Cardboard and paintings make up the video, following the journey of life. The Barr Brothers are touring for their new album, and they’re playing shows throughout Quebec in February.
Ghost – Sunfields
Sunfields are an indie Montreal group formed by Jason Kent, Philip Burns, Chris Roberts and Michael Wright. Their album Habitat came out last year, four years after their debut album, but the video for “Ghost” was released last month. Sunfields carefully chose each song on their newest album and “Ghost” is a great representation of the warm smoothness of the album.
Right Kind – Busty and the Bass
Busty and the Bass are a nine-piece band, comprised of Scott Bevins, Mike McCann, Chris Vincent, Nick Ferraro, Louis Stein, Milo Johnson, Julian Trivers, Eric Haynes, and Evan Crofton. They formed at McGill University and won first place in TD and CBC’s “Rock Your Campus” competition last year. Probably best known for their song “Tryna Find Myself” off their EP Bustified released in November 2014, they just released “Right Kind” this month, which shows a more electro side compared to most of the songs off of their EP. After playing two back-to-back sold out shows in January, they’ll be playing with KC Roberts & the Live Revolution and Clay and Friends at Petit Campus on February 6th.
Stars Stars – Uaxyacac
Coming to Montreal by way of Moncton, New Brunswick, Uaxyacac is the personal project of Nick Smith, multi-instrumentalist and director of Port Vanderlay. A dark, synth-pop sound—kind of like New Order but with some coldwave influences—Uaxyacac just released a new LP called Homemade Myth on January 25th that’s definitely worth a listen. Crafted both here and in his hometown, Smith describes the album as “a convoluted series of recordings and audio pieces, linked together through a refracted hall of mirrors”.
Hay Stack Blues – Clay and Friends with James Potvin, feat. Marilou
Clay and Friends, a fairly new band, formed after a freestyle session, and their music combines the different sounds brought by each of their members. They’re eager to perform live shows, having performed in over 100 shows last year. They released an EP, All Day Jam, and an associated short movie, in June of 2014, bringing together more than 20 Montreal musicians. “Hay Stack Blues”, released in October of last year, incorporates James Potvin on the blues-y guitar and vocals from Marilou. Catch them playing with Busty and the Bass at Petit Campus on February 6th.
Turn It Up – Stars
Born and raised in Toronto, the members of Canadian indie rock/pop group Stars practice and produce their music in Montreal’s Mile-End. Even though they have many albums under their belt, they manage to keep producing new and interesting music while maintaining their signature sound. “Turn it Up,” off their album No One is Lost released in October of last year, begins with a deep voice speaking, reminiscent of the beginning of their 2004 track, “Your Ex-Lover is Dead,” and continues with a kind of dreamy melancholy. No One is Lost was written while their manager was diagnosed with cancer, and the album carries that feeling of loss while rousing us to live life anyway: to “shut up and turn it up.” Stars will be playing with Hey Rosetta! at Metropolis on February 5th.
Foreign Land – First You Get the Sugar
First You Get the Sugar is a rock band formed in 2007 by Adam Kagan, Mick Mendelsohn, Dan Moscovitch, and Alex Silver. Their band name is a reference to a line in an episode of The Simpsons from 1994, which itself was a reference to the movie Scarface. Upon the release of “Foreign Lands”, the single off their album Foreign Lands, in October 2014, CHOM 97.7 named the song their “Big Shiny New Song of the Week.” CHOM continued to endorse them in their recent Montreal show at O Patro Vys to a sold-out crowd.
Debout – Ariane Moffatt
Ariane Moffat is francophone with songs in both English and French. She’s celebrated for mixing different genres in her music, and has released six albums since 2002. Born in a suburb of Quebec City, she moved to Montreal after high school and since then the city has adopted her as our own. “Debout,” released January 20th, is her first single off her upcoming album 22h22, which is scheduled to be released on March 10th, 2015.
Know of some recent releases from Montreal worth checking out? We’d love to hear ’em!