Close Talker/Jared Jackel’s Bad Vibrations/Actors/Mathematik

Close Talker - “Half Past Nine”

The new single from Saskatoon’s Close Talker, carries with it the weight of emotions that are often hard to express in words. Light flourishes of guitars and a sensible swells of harmonic beauty create the feeling of an escaping moment that one tries to hold on to as time passes by.

Jared Jackel’s Bad Vibrations - Saw-Horse Pentagrams

Jared Jackel’s Bad Vibrations hail from Penticton, B.C. and employ an eccentric, psychedelic style that invokes some kind of spooky-blues lounge vibes. The album mumbles and rants and shouts along to a jammy band that spurs on a musical twitch that is good for the soul. 

Actors - “Mining For Heart”

Immediately gripping with pulsing sub-synth and a simple rhythmic plucking of one string on the guitar, “Mining For Heart” really grabs you when the vocals come in, resembling the tone of Murray Lightburn from The Dears. Mining For Heart is surgical in its precision, cutting right to your vitals. 

Mathematik - ReAL/iS-HiM

Missing from Canada’s hip-hop scene for a number of years, Mathematik returns with a brand new full length that proves he was just gaining perspective and honing his skills. Rooted in the “old-school” and capitalizing on the warmth of analogue instrumentation, ReAL/iS-HiM is an album you need to hear.

- Jeshaiah David