Jonathan Kawchuk

Jonathan Kawchuk doesn’t disappoint as he uses the tools in his toolbelt to craft an impeccable album inspired by nature.

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Squids

Squids is an Edmonton four piece that is hard to pin down. They exist in a realm of odd time signatures, reverb and electronic experimentation.

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Caves

Caves’ new full band dynamic has propelled them to being one of the most exciting bands in Saskatoon.

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Pigeon Breeders

For years Edmonton’s Pigeon Breeders have fuelled the experimental scene within their city and beyond. They pushed the envelope by creating odd ambient soundscapes that are pleasing to the ears while sounding completely foreign.

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Beach Body

It’s extremely rare that a band’s first release is a statement of perfection in their genre. Such is the case with Beach Body’s debut EP entitled Plain Life.

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Ora Cogan

Crickets is the fifth release from Ora Cogan and is easily her most ambitious. It ventures into many territories, but could be best described as dark experimental-folk.

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Skim Milk

Jazz has been stagnate for too long. The genre has been kept down by old musicians set in their ways and unwilling to the explore new ideas within the classic jazz ethos.

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Painted Fruit

Painted Fruit’s sophomore album PF II comes with the announcement that the band no longer exists. Bands come and go all the time but when a band shows intense growth between releases it’s hard not to feel cheated by their demise.

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Destroyer

Dan Bejar has never delivered a clear theme to any album. His lyrics are always open to interpretation so one inevitably relies on the instrumentation to set the mood for each Destroyer record.

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Smokes

On the surface Wayne Death is a charming post-punk album, but when fully investigated it becomes an art-rock masterpiece. 

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Valiska

Calgary’s Krzysztof Sujata makes experimental music under the name Valiska. Using a Moog Sub 37 synthesizer he loops tape to develop warm analog drones reflecting on the relationship between the natural world and space carved out by cities.

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Mauno

Anxiety and insecurity surrounding love are major topics found within Mauno’s sophomore album Tuning.

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Wares

Cassia Hardy has been making music as Wares since 2013 building a following with her frenetic live shows. She typically plays solo with just an electric guitar but sometimes, with the help of a full band, an audience will be lucky to see her turn the same songs into louder punk-rock statements. Her debut full length channels both sides of Wares and also features unexpected flourishes.

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