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Garçons' surprising return, and 3 more songs you need to hear this week

Fresh Canadian tracks to add to your playlist right now.

Fresh Canadian tracks to add to your playlist right now

Ottawa's Garçons are back with their first single since 2019. (Submitted by the artists)

Each week, CBC Music producers come together to highlight Canada's best new tracks.

This week, we got hooked on new songs from:

  • Century Egg
  • Garçons
  • Amaka Queenette
  • Bambii

Scroll down to find out why you need to hear them, too.

What new Canadian tunes are you currently obsessed with? Share them with us on Twitter @CBCMusic.

Hit play on our Songs You Need to Hear stream, filled with songs that CBC Music's producers have chosen for their playlists, and tune into CBC Music Mornings every Thursday to hear CBC Music's Jess Huddleston and Saroja Coelho reveal which of these tracks is the standout new Canadian song.


'Moving On,' Century Egg

The act of moving on — from relationships, from bad situations, from trauma in general — takes a lot of hard work and motivation. Enter Halifax indie-pop band Century Egg's latest single, "Moving On": a track that chugs forward with so much momentum that it'll almost feel impossible to turn your head and look back. "For every letter that I never sent/ I am moving on," Shane Keyu Song and Robert Drisdelle sing, directly stating their intentions of marching forward instead of wavering on their thoughts or regrets. "I am moving on" is repeated throughout the track like an exclamation mark that's punctuated with crashing drums and jangly guitar riffs. For those who may be feeling stuck, "Moving On" may provide the nudge, or full-on shove, that you need. — Melody Lau 


'Like Water,' Garçons

The Ottawa-based R&B duo known for high-energy, jammy tunes have mellowed out a bit on "Like Water" and it's intriguing to hear them flex and expand their songwriting muscles. Lyrics like, "make like a river, flood my soul" and "could you lend me all of your time until we die," are deeply stirring and emblematic of a desire to be bonded forever. The entire song flows like a free-form poem; Julian Strangelove's production mixes nebulous, echoing synths and ethereal percussion while Deelo Avery stretches his voice, from delicate and expressive to a mumble rap-style delivery. The stunning music video, co-directed by Strangelove and Kevin Kudu, creates a juxtaposition between the care-free nature of childhood and the tragedy of adult life, when the realization hits that things can't remain idyllic forever. — Kelsey Adams


'Call him Yellow,' Amaka Queenette

We got to know R&B musician Amaka Queenette in March when she was our guest on The Intro. Since then, she has released the gospel-inflected "Want you More" and now "Call him Yellow," a slow jam with lofty ambitions: "I want this song to notoriously end relationships that shouldn't be and call people to seek and accept higher levels of love," she explains via Bandcamp. "Every memory is a selling point/ Warning signs all swept away," goes verse 2, her hypnotic voice a reminder that nostalgia can be the handmaiden of complacency (and even cowardly or "yellow" behaviour), trapping you in an unsatisfactory relationship. A guitar interlude allows that message to sink in before Amaka Queenette returns for a breathy, hair-raising repeat of the chorus. — Robert Rowat


'Nyce,' Bambii

This sweltering, slow burn of a song sounds made for the wee hours of the night, blasting at a bashment party in Kingston, Jamaica. Rising Toronto producer Bambii has teamed up with dancehall artist Pamputtae again for a track that's more subdued than her 2019 breakout single, "Night Vision," but equally dynamic. Bambii, a well-established DJ who has toured the world over, took the natural next step for many DJs and started producing her own music — a sound she refers to as future dancehall. The booming bass and droning, trance-like production on "Nyce" places it in a world of its own, where genres as disparate as dancehall, acid house and drill come together. The track was featured on the Music Liberates Music mixtape, presented by producer Boi-1da and Bacardi, that was "designed to amplify the underrepresented and challenge that only two per cent of music producers are women." — KA

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