The best thing about my ‘job’ as a blogger (I say that with air quotes), are the presents I get in my inbox from new artists and record labels promoting their goods. It’s like a treasure hunt, sometimes the hunt leaves you empty handed but other times you hit jackpot. That’s the way I felt this week as I listened to two new releases from Canadian artists, The High Dials and Wintersleep. Check it out for yourself.
Montreal-based The High Dials make lush, intelligent psychedelic pop; dreamy anthems built on bittersweet melodies, bright harmonies and moody guitar sounds. They already have a notable fan base with the likes of Brian Jonestown Massacre, who’ve declared them the ‘best band in North America’ and Rod Argent, legendary songwriter of the Zombies. Their new album ‘Moon Country‘ released this week.
The High Dials play this Saturday, October 18, at The Hotel Utah in San Francisco.
Listen to: These Days Mean Nothing to Me
I’ve been listening to this album from Halifax- based, Wintersleep, repeatedly since I got it. Their new album, ‘Welcome to the Night Sky’, rose to the top of the Canadian indie rock charts drawing comparisons to acts such as Radiohead, Mogwai and Low. The album, which has been called a masterpiece by many, is now available in the US and expected to take America by storm. I’m hooked.
Don’t miss Wintersleep at Slims in San Francisco November 24.
Listen to: Weighty Ghost
Listen to: Drunk on Aluminum