3 new Ontario music releases you need to hear this week
This week: The Nicole Ensing Band, JW Jones, Legato Vipers
It’s that time of the week again – CBC Hamilton reporter Adam Carter is back with his three picks for new Ontario music that you need to listen to this week.
Adam is on the air each week on CBC Radio for In the Key of C, hosted by Craig Norris. He’ll choose three Ontario bands or artists that are releasing new music for your listening pleasure.
You can hear Adam during the show every Saturday evening at 5 p.m. on CBC Radio. In the Key of C can be heard across the province, except for the GTA. Hamilton listeners can hear this segment in the audio player above.
Here are this week’s picks:
The Nicole Ensing Band — The Rolling English Road
If you are an English literature nerd crying out for an album to call your own, this is it.
The Guelph-based Nicole Ensing Band just released its first record called Riddles and Creeds, and Ensing exclusively used lines of poetry from English writer G.K. Chesterton as lyrics and inspiration on the record.
Chesterton — for anybody who doesn’t know him — was a poet in the late 1800s who inspired fantasy greats like C.S. Lewis and Tolkien. His work is full of philosophical themes about how the world is a magical place, but we don’t see it because we’re so immersed in it all the time.
It's an interesting project, and one worth a listen if you're into contemporary folk/pop music.
JW Jones — What Would Jimmy Do?
Next up is Ottawa bluesman JW Jones with What Would Jimmy Do? off his new record Belmont Boulevard.
This is straight up, no nonsense blues. If you like that, you’ll like this. Not sure if he's talking about Hendrix or Jimmy Vaughn here, though.
Jones is a multiple Maple Blues Award winner, and he’s been touring now for over 2 decades.
Legato Vipers – Spy vs Spy
Last up is Legato Vipers, who are a Guelph-based throwback surf rock band. This song is called Spy Versus Spy, and it’s from their new record LV.
This song has a similar feel to a classic like The Ventures’ version of Walk Don’t Run – lots of reverb-drenched guitar riffs, but with just a little more grit.
This tune would fit right in in Pulp Fiction or Kill Bill.