From Steph Cameron to White Lung, these 15 releases showcase the very best of Canadian music in 2014, and illustrate that the Canadian music community is definitely thriving and maturing.
VS. both affirms Bastille's successes up to this point and highlights the weaknesses that need to be remediated as the band moves forward.
They say the 235th most acclaimed album of all time gets off on frustration, but I know you've got an explanation. The 1981 debut from a power-pop legend is this week's Counterbalance. Bad reputation? Not hardly.
The real attraction to a Miller-Heidke release lies in the pleasure given by her voice. She may sing about love and life and engage in some interesting wordplay, but her distinctive vocals and range merit the bulk of attention.
There was no shortage of new and exciting music in 2014. From an avant-garde saxophone quartet to soul-inflected pop from the UK, this crop of artists gave us a lot of great music this year.
Heartbreaking melodies belted over Hi-NRG beats of endless momentum -- only the beats are polkas.
Scandinavian renaissance man's first album in seven years is glorious piano purity over sample-free glitch.
Gruff Rhys' innovative, multi-platform narrative unfolds the beguiling and intriguing narrative of an enigmatic Welshman seeking out his kind... in America.
Music worth hearing forevermore? Perhaps, perhaps.
The alliterative Tall Tale Tellers EP is wall to wall with catchy, hummable songs.
You're not going to believe this, but a group of Canadian teenagers just made a confident and mature EP of '80s style alterna punk rock.
Folk musician Kristin Andreassen's new album, Gondolier, out in February, features contributions from Aoife O'Donovan and members of Punch Brothers. Stream the delicate "The New Ground" here first.
While Sleep Under the Lights may not be the end all and be all of roots music, fans of this sort of thing should like it immensely.