Every day, musicians write, record and release new music in Ontario — so each week, we're bringing you some of our favourites.
Music columnist Adam Carter is on CBC Radio One's In the Key of C and Big City Small World on Saturdays, with your guide to what's new and exciting in Ontario music.
Here are this week's picks:
Blimp Rock: Dear Science
Calling Blimp Rock an eccentric act would be a bit of an understatement.
The band describes itself as "a venture capital band founded for the purpose of raising $700,000 for a concert on a blimp floating above Lake Ontario."
They're also releasing their new album inside bars of soap. Yes, really.
Leadoff single Dear Science plays out like a conversation between lead singer Peter Demakos and theoretical physicist Drew Jamieson — pitting Demakos' carefree world view against Jamieson's confidence in the scientific method.
All of this would mean nothing if the tune wasn't catchy. Luckily, it is. Fans of Sufjan Stevens and The Weakerthans would no doubt enjoy this kind of songwriting.
Oblivion is the title track from Munroe's debut LP, which drops this June.
There's a real darkness at the core of this song. Kathleen Munroe has a gift for making something sound haunting and beautiful at the same time.
She says this tune's lyrics were inspired by true crime stories like The Jinx and Serial. That would explain why it's so melancholy.
Alanna Gurr and The Greatest State: Fire & Bones
This tune from Alanna Gurr and The Greatest State is a testament to the simple love song. Everything here sits right where it should.
It also helps that Gurr's voice is delicate and genuinely lovely.
"This is a song about having a crush," Gurr says. "A sweet love song walking on the deciding line of whether to be true to your heart or not."
GTHA listeners can catch Adam on Big City Small World on Saturdays at 5 p.m. ET, on 99.1 FM. Listeners across the rest of the province can hear him on In the Key of C at 5 p.m.
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