Two powerhouse Canadian bands are unveiling new music and lead off CBC host Tom Power's weekly picks of new releases.
First up for the CBC Radio 2 Morning host is the Arcade Fire's headline-grabbing Reflektor, which he dubs the most anticipated album of the year in Canadian music.
Though Reflektor's official release isn't until Tuesday, an internet leak of the Grammy-winning band's latest album prompted the Montreal collective to stream all 14 tracks online — in their entirety — themselves.
Another great release debuting Tuesday is In Our Nature, the latest from enduring band Blue Rodeo. The country-tinged rockers returned to the same farmhouse studio where they recorded their much-loved Five Days in July two decades ago to lay down the tracks for In Our Nature. You might call it Five Days in July, part two, says Power.
Finally, one of the greatest banjo players in the world pays tribute to a bluegrass icon with his new album. Noam Pikelny's latest is a mouthful — Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe — but it's also an outstanding homage to a classic of the genre.
Watch the attached video to check out excerpts of new music from Arcade Fire, Blue Rodeo and Noam Pikelny.