“Oh! Canada” compilation showcases less familar Canadian artists

One of my favorite music homes on the Internet is the British music site, The Line of Best Fit.  While I’m relatively new to the site, it has quickly become my number one place for discovering new music–it’s not just another site that primarily regurgitates Pitchfork’s likes and dislikes.  Recognizing the great music coming from Canada, the site has recently launched a recurring column on Canadian music and has worked with artists and labels to offer a companion MP3 “mixtape” download.  Here’s how TLOBF describes its decision:

Those of you who have been loitering around the security doors here at TLOBF Towers for a while now you have probably noticed the frankly phenomenal amount of great new music coming from Canada over the last few years. From the classics (Joni, Neil and Laughing Lenny), the big hitters (Arcade Fire/ BSS/ Feist) to the up and coming (The Acorn, Woodpigeon, Ohbijou) TLOBF has been committed to bring you the best of what the Great White North has to offer. So we figured it made sense to start a new column dedicated to uncovering the latest new talent emerging from Canada, to showcase some of the lesser sung acts, labels, and events that may not have shown up on the collective radar over here in the UK. So from The Acorn to Zumpano TLOBF brings you: Oh! Canada.

The first compilation is one of the best compilations I’ve heard in sometime.  Dan Mangan‘s wonderful song “Robots” is a song so good, so perfect in its (folk) pop construction, that I’m nervous to check out any of his other material for fear it could only possibly let me down.  As someone pointed out on Last.fm, the ending chorus line, “Robots need love too/they want to be loved by you/they want to be loved by you” is not only perfectly orchestrated and catchy as all hell, but a tad eerie too.  There’s a certain quality that makes it seem that the background cacophony of singers might just be robots wanting to join in the robots need love  pronouncement.  Of course, the song is ultimately a larger statement of love akin to Metric’s closer on new album Fantasies, “Stadium Love.”

“I Like The Summer” by The Michael Parks is as effortless a pop song should be about liking the summertime.  Jim Bryson’s “Pissing on Everything” is stellar too and sounds like a song culled from the set of a much more famous singer-songwriter.  Timber Timbre, aside from having a great name, has a great song with “Lay Down in the Tall Grass.”  No wonder the band was  recently signed to Arts & Crafts who will rerelease its self-titled album worldwide in July.   I could go on and on.  The whole album makes for a great listen.

TLOBF’s article about many of the artists included on the CD, performing at the Canadian Blast! showcase during the Great Escape festival can be found here.

The compilation, “Oh! Canada, Vol. 1” can be found here.

Thanks to the fines folks at The Line of Best Fit for making the beginnig of summer sound so much better!

UPDATE: I’ve since purchased through Zunior.com Dan Mangan’s new EP, Roboteering. It doesn’t disappoint.  I agree with each of these sentiments that Mangan proudly displays when you visit his webpage.  Hear it on his Myspace.

  • “If this is the quality of the forthcoming album then it will be immense.” –Americana UK
  • “It’s all great, just great. Hurry up with the rest of it, dude.” –Exclaim!
  • “Mangan’s distinctive voice, which is confident and weary beyond his years, sounds like it’s been aged in oak… Compelling, twisty and imaginative.” –The Georgia Straight
  • “Mangan’s next move is definitely going to be worth waiting for.” –London Tour Dates
  • “Feels so beautiful and personal that time ceases to exist.” –CHARTattack

2 Responses to ““Oh! Canada” compilation showcases less familar Canadian artists”

  1. June 13, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    At least I now know why you didn’t respond to today’s text.

    As you saw last night and on the Canadian tip, I’ve been enjoying Mother Mother’s first LP. Quality!

  2. 2 Joe
    June 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Mangan has opened for Mother Mother.

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