Grae – “Outta This World”
This Toronto based artist is one of our favorites. Her ability to craft intelligent and earnest pop tracks are a rarity. The track follows her 2020 EP, Permanent Maniac, which was a great exploration of style and craft (while also being a self-described love letter to The Cure). “Outta This World” shows the artist at the height of her art, and is a concise piece of warm pop mastery. The guitar part is as alluring as her vocal play. The end result might just be one of our most beloved tracks in a growing catalogue of tracks.
Fjord Mustang – “Health Class Field Trip”
The sound of Canadian rockers Fjord Mustang is like a dream. Their latest release, “Health Class Field Trip”, is a perfect example of this ethos. The track helps to showcase the depth of diversity and talent coming from the Toronto music scene. Fans of Big Thief will find a kindred band, but we can’t help but feel a little more hopeful when we listen to the finely textured tunes of Fjord Mustang. This is definitely an act to watch . . . and dream about.
Rainbow Girls – “Free Wine”
The title of the new EP from Rainbow Girls is perhaps the best description of the last few years we have heard. Rolling Dumpster Fire is a collection of honest, earnest, and altogether lovely indie rock tracks. The band has many strengths, but their harmonies and gentle, yet urgent, sound is what separates them from many. The collection of songs showcase just how special the act are. During the pandemic, they were able to further endear themselves to their fans via livestreams and a genuine social presence. The Bay Area trio are one of our freshest finds lately. We cannot wait to see how they continue to win over listeners.