Hailing from a gritty industrial town, Arkells have notched four Juno Awards and a Gold Record on their sweat-rusted belts, proving there's still a place for passionate, no bulls*it rock 'n' soul in the mainstream. (In 2015, they were the most-played band on Canadian alt-rock radio.) But the group's new album, Morning Report, betrays a more irreverent, adventurous ethos that more readily recalls the cut-and-paste approach of hip-hop beatmakers than the plug-and-play attack of a live rock band, with click-tracked rhythms, subliminal samples, electronic pulses, and sax and violins threaded into the richly textured mix.
1. Drake's Dad 2. Private School 3. My Heart's Always Yours 4. Savannah 5. Passenger Seat 6. Making Due 7. Round and Round 8. Hung Up 9. Come Back Home 10. A Little Rain (A Song for Pete) 11. And Then Some 12. Hangs the Moon
Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks of God (Ltd. Ed. Pink/White Vinyl)
Teenage Fanclub - Endless Arcade
M. Ward - Think of Spring (Translucent Orange Vinyl)
Edie Brickell & New Bohemians - Hunter and the Dog Star