Screening Room: VISSIA – “Walk Me Home”

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Edmonton singer/songwriter VISSIA begins a new stage of her musical evolution today with the release of the single “Walk Me Home,” a slow-burning ballad that showcases the Edmonton singer/songwriter’s soaring voice and a message of empowerment. It’s the first taste of her next album With Pleasure, due out in Spring 2021 on Hurry Hard Records.

On “Walk Me Home,” VISSIA takes the plunge into alt-pop, while drawing from dance, R&B, rock and soul influences. Her intuitive creative choices as a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist explore our emotional heart-spaces with unquenchable curiosity and playful awareness.

Screening Room: Leah Barley – “Mountains”

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Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Leah Barley’s first full-length album Bring Out Your Dead contains eight stirring original songs that evoke both the jubilation and heartbreak inherent to classic folk and country music. An accomplished banjo player as well as guitarist, Barley is joined on the album by a full band featuring longtime collaborators violist John Kastelic and multi-instrumentalist Ross Christopher Fairbairn to create a sound as affecting today as it was a century ago.

Screening Room: The Hello Darlins – “Aberdeen”

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With their impeccable pedigree, The Hello Darlins continue to shake up the Americana and Roots music scene with each single they release leading up to the arrival of their full-length debut album, Go By Feel. Their latest offering, “Aberdeen,” (out now on digital platforms) features singer/guitarist Joey Landreth of The Bros. Landreth, the latest addition to The Hello Darlins collective, showing again how they’re living up to their reputation as “the Broken Social Scene of Americana.”

Screening Room: Silver Clouds – “Peter Sellers”

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“Peter Sellers” is the second single and first video from their self-titled debut album by Winnipeg alt-rockers Silver Clouds, available via Disintegration Records on all digital platforms. The clip, directed by Caelum Vatnsdal, captures the band in full flight on stage, along with references to the song’s inspiration, the legendary British comedian and actor. Have a cuppa tea and enjoy!

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Screening Room: Roxanne Potvin – “Jump In”

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The summer of 2020 will forever be remembered as, well, the summer that never was. But that hasn’t stopped Roxanne Potvin from releasing her latest single “Jump In,” the perfect summer jam that can invigorate us now and for years to come.

Having honed her home recording skills on her previous two releases — full length For Dreaming and EP All It Was — the pandemic didn’t really hinder Ottawa-based Roxanne’s musical vision. Working remotely with her trusted crew consisting of drummer Olivier Fairfield, bassist Mark McIntyre, keyboardist Jesse O’Brien and guitarist Nick Zubeck, Potvin created “Jump In” as an anthem for anyone pondering making a fresh start.

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#NewMusicFriday: Mallory Chipman & The Mystics – Aquarian

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“There is a difference between an artist experimenting for the sake of freedom and one who is so educated and confident in their diverse toolkit that they combine the elements together in the best possible way. Mallory Chipman & the Mystics are unarguably the latter. (8/10)” Exclaim!

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#NewMusicFriday: Joe Nolan – Drifters

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“In the midst of the cacophony of noise that constantly fills modern life, Nolan’s turn toward simple arrangement and minimal accompaniment [on Drifters] offers welcomed respite. Over ten tracks Nolan mines the trials, travesties, and triumphs of life’s journey; deep in that mine Nolan strikes a vein of sequestered gold.” Americana Highways

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Stream on Spotify HERE

Monica Lee releases new single “Only One”

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Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Monica Lee will release her new album Farewell on July 24, but today she shares the first single, “Only One,” on all digital platforms. The lyric video premieres exclusively at Roots Music Canada [click logo below]. A classic country ballad with echoes of Patsy Cline, “Only One” is an uplifting moment on Farewell, inspired by Lee mustering the courage to propose to the man she would marry.

That’s just a taste of the range of emotion conveyed on Farewell, which ultimately celebrate our ability to survive. From a musical standpoint, it’s all brilliantly reflected in Farewell’s seamless blend of country, blues and jazz.

“These songs are all about relationships,” Lee says. “The album was sequenced to start with a feeling of letting go, then move through the various relationship stages and finally end with letting go once again.”

Farewell marks the end of a long creative journey that included Lee needing to adapt to using hearing aids, but on the other hand it’s the beginning of an entirely new musical identity. The late John Mann of Spirit of the West once compared Monica Lee to Joni Mitchell and it’s easy to agree after hearing her ability to balance confessional subject matter with observations of everyday life.

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Stream “Only One” on Spotify

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