Broken Social Scene, Hannah Georgas, Pup and more: songs you need to hear this week
Here at CBC Music, we're always on high alert for new songs by Canadian artists.
This week, tracks from Charlotte Cardin, Broken Social Scene, Pup, Kallitechnis, Jon Vinyl and Hannah Georgas grabbed our attention. Scroll down to find out why you need to hear them, too.
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'Can't Find my Heart' and '1972,' Broken Social Scene
Is 2019 going to gift us with a new Broken Social Scene album? While there has been no official word on a followup to 2017's Hug of Thunder yet, the beloved Toronto collective did pay a visit to the House of Strombo recently and premiered two new songs in a session that was otherwise filled with classic hits. (Leslie Feist even shows up for a stripped-down rendition of "Lover's Spit," which will surely melt any fan's heart.)
The two new tracks, "Can't Find my Heart" and "1972," don't stray too far from the band's signature sound — stacked guitar riffs, a soaring horn section, a memorable bass line — but the band's newest member, Ariel Engle (who also performs solo as La Force), does take lead vocals on "1972," a more subdued number. It's the perfect session to satisfy fans looking for something new, or ones searching for something comfortingly nostalgic to put on, like a warm cup of tea to soothe during the increasingly cold months.
— Melody Lau
'Diamond Baby,' Kallitechnis
The intense temperature and pressure at the Earth's molten core turns graphite to diamond, a process that Montreal's Kallitechnis likens to building a solid relationship: "It's this feeling we got going on/ this pressure we've been building on/ you're my diamond baby," she sings in her latest song, a gem of a slow jam to set the perfect romantic mood for, say, a marriage proposal or the ultimate Valentine's Day dinner for two. We love the multifaceted interplay among the plush synth chords, the soulful guitar riffs and Kallitechnis's sweetly impassioned voice.
— Robert Rowat
'No Need to Argue' (Cranberries cover), Hannah Georgas
Hannah Georgas just announced Imprints — a covers EP of influential women in the Georgas's life, to be released on International Women's Day — and the first single is a meditative synth-pop cover of the Cranberries' break-up song "No Need to Argue." Whereas the Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan, who died a year ago this week, brought an almost hushed tone to the realization that arguing is futile, Georgas injects a bit of hope into the cover's end, employing Brooklyn/L.A.-based Lucius for back-up vocals and harmonies that are more apt to propel you forward than back through heavy, heartbreaking nostalgia. Imprints will also feature covers of Janet Jackson, Tegan and Sara and Eurythmics, and will be out March 8.
— Holly Gordon
'Drive,' Charlotte Cardin
Part slow jam and part lullaby, Charlotte Cardin's sensual new track "Drive" proves that the Montreal singer-songwriter is starting 2019 off strong. The song features simple but poignant lyrics with Cardin's signature falsetto. The video is equally sultry, following the songstress on a solitary journey. As the sun dips below the horizon and dusk settles in, Cardin charms: "Baby if you let me be/ the birthday to you party/ I'll say don't ever leave me/ be the always to my maybe."
— Natasha Ramoutar
'Work,' Jon Vinyl
Jon Vinyl's "Star-Crossed" was featured on CBC Music's most underrated Canadian songs list last year but hopefully this year brings him even more attention. Vinyl is kicking the year off on a motivational note with his new single, "Work." The track, as Vinyl explains, "is about paying homage to the beautiful exhaustion that is songwriting." Writer's block can be tough, especially upon returning from a long holiday break, but Vinyl is patient as he sings his thoughts out loud over a grooving R&B beat. "Work" is a nice reminder that, when you finally break out of that rut, the results can be beautiful and rewarding. — ML
Toronto punk band Pup is back, having announced a new album (Morbid Stuff), new single ("Kids") and new tour (dates via puptheband.com) via its own new label (Little Dipper, in partnership with Universal Music Canada). The followup to 2016's Polaris Prize shortlisted The Dream is Over, Morbid Stuffwill be out April 5 and if "Kids" is anything to go by, it'll be a joyfully chaotic mix of yelling and dancing and thrashing out your feelings. A perfect spring awakening. — HG