5 songs to listen to this week: May 24, 2021

With so much attention from the country focused on Tragically Hip’s surprise new album, let’s not forget that there are plenty of other new tracks floating around out there.

1. GRAE, Spinning
Single (independent)
Recommended if you like: A song for Father’s Day

This 80s-tinged track (do you think she’s a Cure fan?) Is about GRAE’s relationship with her father, something that grew even closer after her mother died. I can’t imagine getting a tattoo with my dad, but that’s just me. GRAE lived in Australia for some time before returning to Canada and is now headquartered in Toronto.

2. Not now, I lost my mind
Black holes and rituals (Independent)
RIYL: Roche Maritime

It’s the first single from a four-piece pop-punk group based in Sussex, New Brunswick (pop. 4,282; I have a soft spot for small town bands with big ambitions). More will be coming in the form of a debut album later this summer. If you like what you hear, an EP titled Suburbs was released a few years ago.

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3. Bowling for the soul, Growing old sucks (but everyone does)
Single (independent
RIYL: Deploring the passage of time

Dating back to the rise of pop-punk in the mid-90s, Bowling for Soup in Texas has toured the major labels, releasing ten albums over the years. Since they have released records with names like Drunk enough to dance, a hangover you don’t deserve, and Drunk Love Lunch, they seem to have accepted the fact that life moves fast.

4. Duran Duran, Invisible
Past future (Modern band / BMG)
RIYL: Well, it’s Duran Duran, right?

Duran Has Duran really been around for 38 years? Yes. Wow. Growing old sucks. This record, due October 22 (yes, we’re already talking about deep fall releases) features several guest appearances, including Graham Coxon (Blur), Mike Garson (Bowie’s favorite pianist) and Lykke Li. The premiere video was apparently created by an artificial intelligence named Huxley. Revolutionary, yes. But could it also have been cheaper than shooting a regular video?

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5. Bleachers, Stop doing this bad
Take out the sadness of Saturday night (RCA)
RIYL: John Hughes Movies

Nice funky indie-pop that will remind you of the kind of music that featured on the soundtracks of John Hughes movies in the 80s. The head dude is, of course, Jack Antonoff, a guy who has become a very producer / collaborator. asked for everyone from Lorde and St. Vincent to Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey. This song is a series of earworms, so approach with caution. The full album will be available on July 30.

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