3 new Ontario songs you need to hear this week
Check out brand new music from L Con, Whiplash Girlchild and AlphaCub
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 and Big City Small World on Saturdays, with your guide to what's new and exciting in Ontario music.
Here are this week's picks:
L Con: You Were Right
You Were Right is a brand new tune from Lisa Conway, who you might know from the cinematic trip-hop collective Del Bel.
This is her first release since taking a step back from that band. It's on Insecurities In Being, which drops on May 25.
"I genuinely wasn't sure I had any songs in me anymore, so I set out to make a low-key instrumental EP — I wanted to try and fall in love with making things again," Conway says. "But some of those sonic explorations started to evolve and demand vocal melodies. I gave in."
Clearly the music is still there. This track plays with tempo and texture in profoundly interesting ways. It teases you, and rewards repeat listens.
Whiplash Girlchild: Walden
This track from Walden is throwing right back to mid-sixties folk.
It has a kind of delicate purity about it that just feels summery.
I don't always love falsetto vocals throughout an entire song, but it really works here.
AlphaCub: James Dean
AlphaCub's James Dean is a case of turning rejection into art.
This track is all about musician Marc-Antoine Robertson trying to get a date to go see Rebel Without a Cause with him.
"I asked four girls to go see it with me, but nobody was down," he says. "Coupled with this feeling of rejection, I wrote 'James Dean' alone like some lonely rebel. It chronicles that whole experience in blunt honesty."
Nothing spells catharsis quite like crooning about rejection.
GTHA listeners can catch Adam on Big City Small World on Saturdays at 5 p.m. ET, on 99.1 FM. Listeners across the rest of the province can hear him on In the Key of C at 5 p.m.
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