5 songs to listen to this week: November 01, 2021


Some really interesting tracks this week. A couple can be a bit difficult at first listening, but stick with them. Believe me.

1. Keeper of the ghosts, Grassy plains
Single (Victory Pool)
Recommended if you like: slightly jarring and cacophonous things

There’s a lot more going on here than you might notice on first hearing. Coming from Calgary, this quartet turns into something both psychedelic and jarring. The result is a feeling of unease and nervousness that becomes more and more convincing each time you hear it. I am addicted.

2. ECHLO, Puppeteer
Single (Independent)
RIYL: soul trip-hop

If you are looking for something atmospheric for the dark winter days, this could be for you. ECHLO, a singer from Toronto (and half-sister to Julian Lennon!) Is Chloe Charles, who has been releasing jazzy and folk records for over a decade. She is now inspired by influences from Portishead and Massive Attack. This new track makes it look like it could be in a James Bond movie. Nice video too.

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3. K. Flay, Nothing can kill us
External voices EP (BMG)
Recommended if you like: chameleon-like singers

If there’s one thing you can say about K. Flaherty (Kristine Flaherty to her mom), it’s you never know what to expect from song to song. This track, a warning for a new EP due out on November 19, is a good pep talk for anyone who needs a little bit of encouragement to keep going. She has Canadian shows scheduled for Toronto on February 21 and Vancouver on March 10 — of course wants COVID.

4. CURRENCY, Stick
Single (UMG)
RIYL: mystery phone numbers

You know how, when you kiss someone who has just hydrated their lips, you can taste the Chapstick? COIN, the Nashville trio, wrote a song about it, associating it with artificial intelligence. Not really. The result is terribly contagious. And if you’re curious, call the phone number shown in the video – (615) 395-5322 – and see what you get.

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5. Tom Morello, Stay on the line (feat. Grandson)
Atlas fire basement (Mom + Pop Music)
RIYL: a cross between Rage and NIN

Canada’s grandson recently made a living collaborating with various people. This includes Tom Morello for this song on Tom’s new solo record, The Atlas Fire Underground. Tom heard about Grandson through a connection to Spotify and was impressed enough to ask him to be the guest on the album. This one has to be played hard. Very strong.

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