By: Juliette Jagger (@juliettejagger)
Song: “Heavy Heart”
Album/EP: Heavy Heart
Off of her highly anticipated sophomore EP of the same name, “Heavy Heart,” from Brooklyn-based artist Mothica is gloom-pop of the highest order.
From Toronto/LA-based artist Munroe (aka Kathleen Munroe), “Oblivion,” which is the title track off of her forthcoming debut LP due out this June, is an intimate and breathlessly delivered affair. Inspired by true crime stories and an interest in understanding why people are compelled to do things that are indefinitely bad for them, the song was written from the perspective of someone pleading a case for their own damnation. Oh humanity!
If you’re a fan of Angel Olsen give this one a listen.
Artist: Humble Fire
Song: “Fine Line”
DC band Humble Fire has just released a new track entitled, “Fine Line.” Off of their forthcoming sophomore effort, Builder, due out on July 28th, the track contrasts the pressure woman often feel to smile through emotional pain with a dissonant, meandering, musical arrangement that poignantly reflects the feeling of such a struggle.
Artist: Alex Bent + The Emptiness
Song: “Vanilla Bent”
Saskatoon’s Alex Bent has returned with a brand new single entitled, “Vanilla Blue.” The track is a step away from the dark piano pop sound of Bent’s previous work. Instead, it blends rock, hip-hop, and pop to take things in a much more contemporary direction, and showcases a distilled, vulnerable approach to songwriting.
This track feels like the tip of the iceberg for Bent. He’s definitely on to something that is just about to flourish.
Artist: Single Mothers
Album/EP: Our Pleasure
London, Ontario’s own Single Mothers are back and they are poised to take things in a whole new direction with their latest single, “Leash.” This one’s off of their forthcoming sophomore LP, Our Pleasure, which is due out on June 16th, and it sees the band trading in their savage punk rock roots for songs that have a more fully developed and melodic backbone.