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BLack on BLonde has been out for two weeks now, and the video for "The Dog Is Mine" dropped back in October, but our respect for the vision and accomplishment of k-os' bold double album only increases with each passing day. An intensely collaborative effort – he's backed here by Toronto indie darlings Magneta Lane – the record is a career-defining work, one we'll be listening to and talking about for years to come.
Hayden Desser's seventh studio album Us Alone is out this week on Arts & Crafts. The publicity-adverse folkie has been busy of late juggling a European mini tour with the responsibilites of raising a young daughter, but he's found time to do a little press, and has just released a delightful video for "Rainy Saturday" in which the laid back singer pauses the song to take a phone call and leads us on a watery journey through an automatic car wash.
Just nominated for a Canadian Radio Music Award for Song of the Year, Elise LeGrow's "No Good Woman" is the lead-off track on her debut EP. There's a slick new promo video to go along with it, but we're far from alone in finding something captivating in the unadorned acoustic version, which showcases the range and raw emotion at play in the Whale Tooth singer's breakthrough song.
With a second single out this week, the anticipation for Tegan and Sara's seventh studio album (due Jan 29th) continues to build. Here's the infectious earlier cut "Closer", a song awash in synth pop happiness but cut through with just the right amount of tension and angsty longing. The smart money is saying that "Heartthrob" could be the twins' biggest record to date.
That's Tom Wilson on the left in "Dead Flowers", a short film that provides the visual accompaniment for his excellent new song "Break Your Body", taken from the second full-length album by LeE HARVeY OsMOND. Also appearing in the video is Kathleen Edwards, while the record itself features a host of other well-respected musicians, as Kerry Doole details here.
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