Midweek Music Mix

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Spotlighting three new releases from New Brunswick artists. This week we look at new music from Helm, Matt Boudreau and Towards the Unimportant.

Matt Carter

Helm – Creeper

Helm have shared a new single…and it’s a heavy one. The appropriately titled Creeper is a slow burning 5:54 minute track that moves through three distinct Helm-realms, from head nodding Sabbath-esque deep grooves to up-tempo thrash and back again. The only supporting info released with this track is the sentence, “Helm Split coming soon!” The future looks good.

Matt Boudreau – Goéland

Petit Rocher’s Matt Boudreau has released Goéland, a 14 track, beautifully paced recording that highlights his strength as a songwriter and arranger. The album begins with Chacale, a solo acoustic song that sounds like a demo recording tracked on an iphone. At 1:29 minutes in length, it serves as the album’s introduction and transitions perfectly into the first of several tracks to feature Boudreau’s ensemble who proceed to explore pop, rock and country inspired territory over the remaining 13 tracks. A strong debut from a part of the province known more for its enthusiastic audiences than its recorded output.

Towards The Unimportant – Coconut Milk 

Here’s something interesting. The debut from Moncton’s Towards the Unimportant. This five track EP by Samuel Gagnon and Normand Pothier is reminiscent of down-tempo 90s pop-punk, but with a subdued polish that coats the overall production to create a glossy, dreamlike vibe. It’s like a French Canadian version of Alvvays, raised on the music of Choke, Beach House and Saint Jack. Guest vocalist Annie Desjardins (who appears on three of the five tracks) fits perfectly with what Gagnon and Pothier have created. The liner notes note this release was created for the FICFA (Festival International du Cinéma Francophone en Acadie). Hopefully there’s more to come from Towards the Unimportant.

If you have new music on the way and would like to be considered for a future edition of Midweek Music Mix, send us the details at gridcitymagazine(at)gmail.com

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