By: Juliette Jagger (@juliettejagger)
Artist: Rykka “Runnin Away”
Song: “Runnin Away
Off of her latest album, Beatitudes, “Runnin Away” from Canadian-Swiss artist Rykka is a crystally-clear pop gem. The video, which was directed by Brianne Nord-Stewart and shot in and around Rykka’s family farm outside of Zürich last summer, perfectly captures a sort of sun-kissed and freewheelin’ independence that exists at the heart of this song.
Artist: Surf Dads
Song: “Up All Night”
Album/EP: All Day Breakfast
Regina indie rock duo Surf Dads have returned with a brand new single titled, “Up All Night.” Off of their forthcoming debut album, All Day Breakfast, which is due out on April 7th, the track is endlessly upbeat and relishes in thrashing garage rock guitar tones and sunny West Coast vibes. Hardly what you’d expect from a couple of Prairie-born boys but we’ll take it!
Artist: Amber Run
Album/EP: For a Moment, I Was Lost
Nottingham, UK, alt-rock outfit Amber Run have just offered up a brooding new track titled, “Perfect.” On this one, big crunching guitars go up against frontman Joe Keogh’s looming refrain, “karma, karma, you reap what you sow,” for a sound that brings to mind mid-2000s Chevelle. You can expect to hear more from these guys as they recently joined the Dine Alone roster here in Canada.
Album/EP: Tales From The Drought
Following the success of his previous project, psychedelic folk out The Migrant, frontman Bjarke Bendtsen is back at it only this time with the electro/folk rock leaning, Rainbrother. Off of group’s forthcoming debut LP, Tales From The Drought, “Juggler” is a nice little slice of what listeners can expect from Bendtsen going forward as he serves up an array of charming acoustically driven narratives about dwelling on memories, both beautiful and aghast, as a necessary step on the road to acceptance.
Artist: Northern Roads
Song: “Soaked Parade”
“Soaked Parade” from Scarborough quartet Northern Roads, joins quaint and heartfelt lyrical honesty with wistful melodic fingerpicking for a track that is rooted in the sort of swinging folk-rock songwriting we’ve come to love from acts like Mumford and Sons and The Lumineers.