Searching for fresh new music? We’ve got you covered! This playlist packs up the best of recently-released Montreal music, as well as a few tunes from acts coming to play a venue near you. Check them out in our playlist and follow along with the song descriptions below. Have at ‘em!
10. Jacco Gardner – You Have the Key (That Opens the Door)
Here’s a little instrumental track to start off the playlist. “You Have the Key (That Opens the Door)” is a quick number from psych-pop master Jacco Gardner, featuring lush electric piano and psych-rock bits. Catch Jacco Gardner at Bar Le Ritz PDB on June 16 with Calvin Love.
9. Aukland – Talk
Canadian four-piece Aukland showcases signature indie rock on “Talk” a track plucked from their debut LP they plan to release this week. Get ready a super catchy chorus and all ‘round upbeat pop-rock. Aukland play L’Alize on June 19.
8. Kensico – My Love That Never Was
“My Love That Never Was” is an aggressive and ambitious track from Kensico, the brainchild of Parisian born, Montreal-based singer-songwriter Gaëlle Bellaunay. White Sage is out now. Listen. Repeat.
7. Sara Diamond – Love Me
Sara Diamond – that name should sound familiar. You’ve no doubt seen her singing our national anthem a number of times at the Bell Center before a Habs game. The Montreal singer-songwriter offers up, “Love Me”, undeniably the perfect hit for the summer. The track, clocking in at just over three minutes, features Sara Diamond singing over beats from Montreal’s very own High Klassified.
6. Plastic Flowers – Lucy
Meet Plastic Flowers, a dream-pop London based duo about to release their Summer of 1992 EP on June 16. Plucked from the EP is “Lucy” a poppy indie jam fit for anyone’s summer playlist. Enjoy!
5. Ducktails – Surreal Exposure
Real Estate’s guitarist Matt Mondanile is back with another offering from his Ducktails project with “Surreal Exposure”, a short indie pop number filled with Mondanile’s soft croon and playful guitars and keys. St Catherine drops on July 24.
4. Calvin Love – Automaton
The Edmonton experimental-pop artist, Calvin Love follows up 2012’s New Radar with Superfuture “a projection of my hopes and dreams, a snapshot into my life, a time capsule of work to reflect upon”. Enjoy “Automaton” a cut from the album which drops June 16 and be sure to catch Calvin Love (along with Jacco Gardner) at Bar le Ritz PDB the very same day!
3. Rivver – Depth ft. Gabriella Hook
Rivver aka François Bélanger is back on our playlist this time with “Depth” and features the vocal stylings of Gabriella Hook. Have a listen and be sure to include it on your summer playlist.
2. Bride & Groom – If I Should Die Before I Wake
The Montreal duo Bride & Groom, composed of Jesse Daniel Smith and Kaitlyn Raitz offer up “If I Should Die Before I Wake” ahead of their On the Run release this week. It’s a beautiful folk tune and according to the duo, “is a song about wanting to go back to your roots both literally and figuratively”. Our top 10 new tracks for this week wouldn’t be complete without them; don’t miss their album launch party at Montreal Folk Fest on June 20th!
1. Electricity for Everybody! – Age of Scars
Here is your number one Montreal! Unfortunately it couldn’t be included in our playlist, but the track from Edmonton natives Electricity for Everybody! has got some great visuals to make up for it. Get ready to rock out with “Age of Scars”.