Audible/Visual Hoots: Only Wolf, Shy Kids, Ginger Ale & The Monowhales & more

Only Wolf
Only Wolf

Only Wolf – “Pirate Drones” 

Back in early 2014, we were entranced by the experimental, psych-folk debut from Vancouver’s Only Wolf (Sean Parker) so we’re thrilled to finally have some new material from this lone wolf. “Pirate Drones,” the first single from his forthcoming record TRUST, is a captivating listen and sounds like a messy battle on the high seas. Parker fights the swirlingly chaos of synths and clings to the debris of a broken (relation) ship, before admitting what has gone wrong: “You can take what you want, so you take what you want / I don’t know why you don’t know this at all? And you don’t know why I don’t want it at all.” – Laura Stanley

Hannah Shira Naiman – “The Blue House”

It’s never a bad thing to want to bring the sounds of the Appalachians farther north. That’s the aim of Hannah Shira Naiman’s upcoming album Know the Mountain, and she’s bringing us a sneak peak of what to expect with the dramatic “The Blue House.” With ominous banjo and strings, Naiman sings of the mysterious blue house, which seems at times inviting and disquieting. There’s a bit of levity as the fiddle takes over for a stretch, but it’s nonetheless a gripping first single and a sign that the full album will be similarly arresting. –Michael Thomas

Sarah Jickling and her Good Bad Luck – “Valentine”

“Valentine,” the second single from her forthcoming album When I Get Better, is about Sarah Jickling’s struggle with Bipolar and its impact on those around her. It’s a heavy topic and the song was inspired by some very dark days so it’s quite surprising that the song and its accompanying video are both so upbeat. With some minimal electronics twinkling in the background, Jickling’s quick-tongue relays how much her friends and partner mean to her and the strength they give her – cutely summarized in the chorus: “Sometimes I feel like I can’t get up but I always do, yeah, I always get up for you.” – LS

Shy Kids – “Noodie” 

The upbeat, optimistic song from Shy Kids’ 2015 album gets a colourful, creative (and that’s saying something) video. Crayon, cereal, photos and a million other things move at hyperspeed as the band looks back at what makes being a kid so much fun. –MT

Ginger Ale & The Monowhales – “Home”

The video for the buoyant new song “Home” from Ginger Ale & The Monowhales is a totally endearing love letter to their hometown of Toronto. Sally Shaar takes us by the hand and shows us so many of the great spots nestled in and around the city and we even run into some Monowhales along the way. Wherever your “Home” may be, Ginger Ale & The Monowhales will make you sentimental about it. – LS

Sweet Alps – “Powerlines”

There’s nothing sugary about this Ottawa group if the song “Powerlines” is anything to go by. This is some punk-rock goodness here, full of crunchy guitars and yelled lyrics to pump you up. Until Japandroids come back to us with new music, you should find plenty to love in the band’s new album, Chronos//Cosmos. – MT

The Wicks – “Nothing Turned Out (Live)”

The Wicks are back and their alt-country musings sounds as good as ever! In the video for “Nothing Turned Out” – a live recording of the track set to appear on their new record due out at the end of November – the Wicks take us on a tour of their home in Victoria. The road-tripping video is very appropriate as the song feels like it would be best listened to from the speakers of a Chevy Luv rolling down the highway. – LS


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