New music: Shad raps, Hedley gets quiet, Neko Case fights harder
CBC Radio 2 Morning host offers up a preview of hot new music
In a new CBC Arts feature, CBC host Tom Power previews hot new music released in Canada.
This autumn's harvest cuts a broad swath of styles and sounds, starting with Shad, the man CBC Music chose as the second greatest Canadian rapper ever. His new recording Flying Colours will be released Oct. 15 and "it doesn't matter if you like Perry Como or you like Jay Z, there's something to love about Shad," says Power.
B.C. rock band Hedley releases Wild Life on Nov. 11 and the first single from the multiple award-winning, multi-platinum-selling band is already making news as a send up of music video tropes, including a nod to Robin Thicke's controversial Blurred Lines. The band takes a fresh approach to the concept of an album release party too, with an intimate show in Banff National Park billed as "the quietest concert ever" for an audience decked out in headphones.
An "honorary Canadian" who made her name singing with Vancouver's The New Pornographers, Neko Case recently released The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. That mouthful of a title comes courtesy of the artist Power likens to Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits and Emmylou Harris.
Watch the attached video to check out excerpts of new music from Shad, Hedley and Neko Case.