Reviews Oh! Canada

Young Galaxy – Shapeshifting

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Esteemed Gothenburg based Dan Lissvik produces the third album from Canada’s Young Galaxy. According to Chris Tapley they’re “intoxicated by re-invention” and pushing themselves toward a more sleek and optimistic sound with captivating results. TLOBF Recommended.

Woodpigeon hit the road with Withered Hand

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The ever busy Woodpigeon announce a Solo tour with Withered Hand, a new rarities collection, “Fra La Nuvole” and a free Velvet Underground cover.

Cowboy Junkies release ‘Demons’, a tribute to Vic Chesnutt

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The follow up to 2010’s Remnin Park, forthcoming Cowboy Junkies album Demons will be released on February 12 via Proper Records. A tribute to the late, great Vic Chesnutt, this record will be the second in a series of four planned collections set to explore the Georgian’s rich and much overlooked back catalogue.

Suuns – Zeroes QC

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All intent on announcing themselves, Suuns have let their determination point them in the wrong direction. Their debut, Zeroes QC, although glowing in a refreshing urge to experiment and transgress genres, comes off as a little naive, expressing too much at one time and giving the listener a royal headache.

SOTD #185 // The Dears: ‘Blood’

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Not a tranquil reintroduction to the band by any means, just a bold, straight ahead rock song from a group that seems determined to keep the music world’s attention focused back on them for the moment.

Oh! Canada 2010 // The Year in Review

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Oh! Canada catches up with a host of the acts we’ve been in touch with over the past year, to look at their favourite records, and highlights from 2010.

TLOBF Introducing // Shimmering Stars

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Amidst a musical landscape of neck-turning nostalgia, Shimmering Stars are The Wonder Years to Best Coasts’ Saved By the Bell – smarter, more plaintive and, shorn of brash immediacy, ultimately more rewarding.

Brasstronaut – Mount Chimaera

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Deservedly longlisted for this year’s Polaris Prize for Canadian music, the debut album by Vancouverites Brasstronaut is worth the listens it takes to unfurl. Restrained and subtle but nevertheless a powerful album which packs a punch.

Snowblink – Long Live

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Simple and elegant in design, Snowblink’s debut album titled Long Live never strays from the less-is-more approach. It is a stellar debut from the Toronto based dreamy folk-pop outfit, but it plays more like an EP than a long player.