Once again, here are five songs we think might have what it takes to make it to the next level. You, however, may have a different opinion. Listen and let us know.
1. Christine and the Queens, 5 Dollars
Recommended If You Like: Lorde, Gotye, Martina and the Diamonds
Paris-based Héloïse Letissier (hereafter referred to as Christine) is a singer, songwriter, dancer, and choreographer who flits between standard musical performances, theatre, drawings, photography and performance art while exploring various ideas involving sexuality, gender and identity. In other words, David Bowie would definitely approve were he still around. Chris is her second album and features 23 tracks, 12 in French and 11 in English. This is obviously one of the latter.
2. Mounties, De-Evolve Again
Heavy Meta (Light Organ Records)
RIYL: Canadian supergroups
Mounties (no definite article required) is at it again. Hawksley Workman, Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat) and Ryan Dahle (Age of Electric, Limblifter) have just issued their fourth overall single and the first from their upcoming second album, which is due February 8. They promise 15 new songs, all of which were written in various places around the country, including a few bedrooms.
3. Kodaline, Head Held High
Politics of Living (RCA)
RIYL: The idea of there being an Irish version of Coldplay
Often compared to bands like Snow Patrol, Elbow, and Travis, Dublin’s Kodaline are quite the deal at home and also on TV and in movies. They’ve managed to place tracks in everything from Grey’s Anatomy to The Vampire Diaries to The Fault in Our Stars. We’ll get a chance to see them live when they play the Phoenix on November 30.
4. Begonia, The Light
RIYL: Lorde, Adele, Elle King
Begonia is the nom de guerre for Alexa Dirk, a Winnipeg singer-songwriter who is already well known in some indie quarters. The album isn’t out yet, but it will be ready for early 2019. Meanwhile, feel free to check out her debut EP, 2017’s Lady in Mind.
5. Jon Samuel, Dead Melodies
First Transmission (Hidden Pony)
RIYL: Well, Wintersleep, obviously
Wintersleep guitarist/keyboardist Jon Samuel has taken advantage of a gap in the band’s schedule to try out some music on his own for the first time. Released back in late summer, it may have escaped your attention in the back-to-school rush. Don’t let that happen. And yes, the rest of the band is cool with things. The album was recorded in Wintersleep’s Halifax rehearsal space and features a couple of members on two tracks.
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