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Can you believe their last record, ‘Comedown Machine’, came out seven years ago? Can you believe their debut record, 'Is This It', came out (whisper it) 19 years ago? Can you believe how prescient the title of their new album is? It’s called ‘The New Abnormal’. Can you believe we’ve written this whole thing mostly as questions? You can? You can believe it? What’s that? You hate it? You want us to stop? Okay. The first single is “At the Door” and its video is both animated and creepy so check it out. ‘The New Abnormal’ will come out on April 10.
If you’ve only ever read their name and never said it, have no fear: it’s pronounced "division". This Canadian R&B duo will release ‘A Muse In Her Feelings’ on April 17. The lead single is “Between Us” [feat. Snoh Aalegra]. "We’ve never been afraid to take risks in our songwriting, and this time is no different,” the pair said in a statement about the track. “With Snoh’s help, we were able to casually blur the lines of communication and temptation.”
This country 'n' western star from Taber, Alberta, is a national treasure and you can enhance your very Canadianness by watching him play live (someday). “I worked really hard on this album—harder than I’ve ever worked before,” Lund said in a statement. “This time around I took my time and wrote more songs, rehearsed more with the band, and explored sounds much more deeply. It took some time but I’m really proud of this one and I’m excited to finally be able to share it.” The Juno winner’s tenth album, 'Agricultural Tragic', will be available April 24.
“The devil comes into play quite a bit on this album,” the Americana singer-songwriter says in a press release. “I’ve always loved the imagery in Robert Johnson songs and those really dark Delta blues that are sort of biblical. I was inspired by Leonard Cohen – he dealt with that in his songs – and Bob Dylan and Nick Cave.” Williams' new album, ‘Good Souls Better Angels’, comes out April 24.
He’s been at this for 25 years and this is his 16th record and aren't we lucky? Often described as Canada's foremost well-heeled troubadour, this Juno-winning songwriter from St. Catharines now calls Stratford home. His sweet 16th is ‘Hermitage’, out on April 17. Also out on the 17th is ‘44’ from Haligonian singer-songwriter Joel Plaskett. A big, conceptual followup to his Juno Award-winning triple record, ‘Three’, Plaskett's new one was recorded in Dartmouth, Memphis, Nashville, and Toronto with 33 different musicians. Get on board.
A new EP from Montreal’s Nobro is on the way April 3. The lead single from ‘Sick Hustle’ is "Marianna" and get excited because it has a bongo solo. "It’s a song about a girl named Marianna,” vocalist/bassist Kathryn McCaughey said in a statement “She is my best friend and the OG guitar player in Nobro. We thought we were going to take over the world with our “onslaught of shred and grit” but before we were about to play our biggest show to date, Marianna told me she was moving away to live on a goat farm in northern B.C. I was heartbroken—absolutely devastated. But as they say, 'The show must go on,' and it did and still does. I wrote her a song so at least when we play shows she can still be there with me, always."
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‘Notes On A Conditional Form’, the fourth record from English rockers the 1975, drops on April 24. It follows last year’s ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’, which also seems relevant right now.
Toronto’s electropop star drops his sophomore album, ‘Engel’, on April 3. He’s been working on this record for three years and now it’s finally time to release the lead single, “Joy”. Hardware said in a statement that it’s “a song not about experiencing joy but a promise to myself to keep looking for it."
These Montreal indie rockers just launched their own label, Musique Tops, last year. And now they’re releasing ‘I Feel Alive’, their fourth album. We feel tired just thinking of how much work all that would be. ‘I Feel Alive’ is the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Sugar at the Gate’ and it drops April 3.
Fellow Montreal indie rock band Braids will launch their new record, ‘Shadow Offering’, on April 24.
Update: this baby has been delayed until July 24. Can you imagine a wooden cave? So cool. So cosy. It sounds like it would be a great spot in which to hunker. Thin Lear called his debut album ‘Wooden Cave’, so naturally, we want to spelunk all over it. "Disillusioned people getting lost in self-destructive or just generally dangerous thinking is a major theme of this album," Matt Longo, also known as Thin Lear, said in a statement. "The narrator in 'Maniacs' is pitching a cult-like community to an alienated, uncherished internet dweller. And you just know it's going to be a rapid descent for this person, that they'll soon be indoctrinated." Thin Lear is Queens-based. When you hear about a Queens-based artist, do you wonder if they’re from the university in Kingston, Ontario, or the New York City borough? We do. In Thin Lear’s case, it’s the New York City one. 'Wooden Cave' drops April 24 except now it's July 24, folks!