3 new Ontario songs you need to hear this week

Check out new music from Lee Harvey Osmond, Shanika Maria and Brian Cuddy.
Tom Wilson's new record "Mohawk" drops on Jan. 25. (Marta Hewson)

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 on Saturdays, with your guide to what's new and exciting in Ontario music.

Here are this week's picks:

Lee Harvey Osmond: Forty Light Years Away

Gritty Hamilton folk icon Tom Wilson is back with an upcoming record under his Lee Harvey Osmond moniker, called Mohawk.

Wilson says this track is a "cannonball prayer straight to my mother's longing heart ... a timeless quest for bonding and the nagging desire for freedom all disguised in a groovy 3:24 burning saunter."

As a consummate storyteller, Wilson's voice is, as always, the focal point here. It is unmistakable and impossible to ignore.

Brian Cuddy: Dying to Breathe

Dying to Breathe is a new track from Brian Cuddy, formerly of the band King Cuddy. It's from his first solo release that's due out this spring.

Though I think it's unintentional, something about this is reminding me of the Cure — it could be the overall tonality, or the guitar sound.

For whatever reason, it's giving me a real Robert Smith vibe.

Shanika Maria: Thinking Out Loud

Shanika Maria's Thinking Out Loud is from her new album Subtle Uncertainties, which just dropped this week.

The strength in this track definitely lies in Maria's voice. It ebbs and flows through some smoky sax playing and deft piano lines.

The way she sings pokes through the mix in just the right ways.

Want your new track to be featured on In the Key of C? Email adam.carter@cbc.ca with a link for consideration

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Adam Carter


Adam Carter is a Newfoundlander who now calls Toronto home. He enjoys a good story and playing loud music in dank bars. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamCarterCBC or drop him an email at adam.carter@cbc.ca.


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