Moody, driving guitars, garage-rock drums, and vocal layers make up Dog Day’s recent album, “Fade Out.” The minimal pop-rock creates a grungy atmosphere within which listeners can disconnect from themselves and just rock out. “Fade Out” is at the top of our charts this week.
At number three on our charts this week we hear “Sun Grenades & Grenadine Skies.” The sophomore LP from Calgary’s Raleigh is a folky blend of art rock and chamber pop, also skirting along the line of progressive rock. Delicate his-and-her vocal harmonies perforate the instrumentals composed of eerie, resonating sounds and colourful assemblies of strings and brass.
The psychedelic, grunge-rock sounds of “Obsidian Spectre” took the number seven spot on our Top 30 this week. The off-kilter droning of Crosss throughout the album is comprised of heavy guitar riffs and vocals delivered with a vague disconnect. With musical parallels to a number of ‘90s grunge-era bands and the early days of metal, Crosss make for a pretty wicked listen.
On our Electronic chart…
“Free Your Mind” is bright and hopeful; full of glittering synth lines, beatific vocals, and a sense of total freedom. Cut Copy continue to blend nostalgia and futuristic sounds, as if soundtracking a time-period defying dance party. The Australian new wavers are currently in the number nine spot on our Electronic chart with their fourth studio album, “Free Your Mind.”
On our Jazz chart…
The multi-instrumentalists of the Griffith Hiltz Trio come together with prolific artist/producer, Hawksley Workman, across multiple genres for their second album, “This Is What You Get….” The trio has taken their unique stylings of the genre, a bold departure from classical forms of jazz music, to a whole new level, with some risks taken to the listener’s indisputable benefit. Recorded straight to tape, the rich sounds of indie, rock, and pop-infused jazz are not lost or polished of any heart and feeling. This is what you get when genres from all parts of the spectrum are combined in the name of jazz, along with ingenuity and no lack of talent. It comes as little surprise to find the album at the top of our Jazz chart this week, as well as in the number six spot on our Top 30.
Here’s what was missed:
1. Dog Day // Fade Out (Fundog)*
2. The Arcade Fire // Reflektor (Merge)*
3. Raleigh // Sun Grenades & Grenadine Skies (Self-Released)*
4. Solids // Blame Confusion (Dine Alone)*
5. Volcano Choir // Repave (Jagjaguwar)
6. Yamantaka // Sonic Titan // Uzu (Paper Bag)*
7. Crosss // Obsidian Spectre (Telephone Explosion)*
8. Griffith Hiltz Trio // This Is What You Get… (Self-Released)*
9. Broken Deer // Unseen World (Self-Released)*
10. Drake // Nothing Was The Same (Universal)*
* = CDN
Check out the rest of our Top 30 albums for the week at our earshot listing.
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