Drew Khan here from The Verge with your weekly emerging music fix with news on City And Colour, Said The Whale + more!
New Music out this week
City and Colour just released ‘Astonaut’ a few weeks ago and now we have ‘Stranger,’ the official single from his 6th album out this fall. The award-winning singer-songwriter shares more about the song before kicking off his summer festival tour dates. He says “Strangers is about how you will never truly know another human being. You’ll never really understand what it’s like to be inside someone else’s brain or heart. So, we need to appreciate the differences. If we do, maybe we can live better with one another”.
For all upcoming tour dates visit www.cityandcolour.com. Hear ‘Strangers’ on The Verge this week.
Polaris Music Prize Long List
The long list of 40 albums was just announced for the 2019 Polaris Music Prize. The list itself will be narrowed down to just ten on July 16th with the grand prize being handed out in Toronto on September 16th. The Polaris Music Prize honours the top albums and artists each year. Past winners have included The Suburbs from Arcade Fire, Metals from Feist, and Power In The Blood from Buffy Sainte-Marie. Which albums are in your top 10 this year and who do you think will win? Let us know @theverge.
Dizzy Share Twist Music Video
The Oshawa, On band won a JUNO Award this year for their debut album Baby Teeth, which also made it onto the Polaris Music Prize long list this year as well. With their new single ‘Twist’ off an upcoming EP, the band draw upon the new stories that they have experienced on tour and travelling. Lead singer Katie Munshaw says, “‘Twist’ is about missing someone so badly that you see them places and get really excited, and then realize it’s not them. It’s about the hold someone can have over you even after they’ve left your life.” If you can’t get enough of ‘Twist’ find it on your top 10 countdown, The Grocery List this week.
Take a spin through Said the Whale’s record shop
Created using no visual FX or digital animations, Said The Whale bring their record shop into focus with 129 vintage records & 129 12 inch stickers. The band are no strangers to creating captivating visuals for their songs, winning the Audience prize at the Prism prize awards this year for their video for ‘UnAmerican.’ Teaming up once again with video director Johnny Jansen for Record Shop, the band continue to develop visual landscapes providing their soundscapes with their own art exhibition. Which song from Said The Whale’s new album Cascadia would you like to see them make a music video for next?