Wednesday, August 15, 2012

LISTEN: Our 5 Favourite Albums of 2012

2012 has been a great year for Canadian music, with homegrown acts like Grimes, the Weeknd, Cadence Weapon and the Sheepdogs gaining worldwide notoriety. There's no doubt about it - this was a year of great albums! We're already on the edge of our seats, waiting to hear who'll take Canada's top music honours with year's Polaris Music Prize. This week, we're sharing our most favourite albums of the year, from some of the country's top talent. Listen, share and (most importantly) enjoy!

1. Voyageur, Kathleen Edwards
 
This album from Ottawa-born singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards has something for every listener, at times poppy, at times rocky, and always heartfelt. With guest appearances by the likes of Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) and Norah Jones, it's definitely worth a listen.
Listen to: Sidecar

2. Adventures in Your Own Backyard, Patrick Watson
We fell in love with Adventures In Your Own Backyard on our first listen. The Montreal-based musician's fourth album was, quite literally, recorded in his own backyard, at the home studio next door to his home. It doesn't get more homegrown than that!
Listen to: Into Giants

3. Metals, Feist
The fourth album from Canadian fave Feist was about as eargerly anticipated as they come. We loved every beat on this folk-meets-pop-meets-rock album, and couldn't have been happier to see Feist back on the Canadian airwaves!

4. Barchords, Bahamas
Alfie Jurvanen, aka Bahamas, has collaborated with two ladies on this list, but his solo work is all his own. Barchords gets right to the heart of things, with poignant tunes and poppy hooks to reel us all in. Well played, Bahamas.
Listen to: Lost in the Light

5. Aux alentours, Marie Pierre Arthur
It's not for nothing that this album from Quebecois crooner Marie Pierre Arthur got a nod from Polaris. It's catchy, upbeat and super easy on the ears. What's not to love?
Listen to: Fil de Soie

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