custie is an emerging alternative pop artist hailing from London, Ontario. His distinct sound explores genre-blurring pop, pulling influences from R&B, post-punk, and rock.
“Jamie Ashland” is a character that custie developed to speak with his own voice, act on his intentions, and deal with his insecurities – just with a different face.
This heartfelt track blends acoustic and electric guitar with beguiling harmonies, speaking to a hypothetical son or daughter: “Love’s a solution thinner than blood / but it solves some problems if you’re willing to trust / and it lives with every heart that was once piled dust.”
This is advice that custie gives himself, completely rooted in his own life, lived through the foil of “Jamie Ashland” for four minutes:
“In an ideal situation, you learn to look outside of yourself, to trust, to be by somebody’s side. It doesn’t fix everything, but it definitely nourishes a part of you,” the artist explains.
The title – No Jesus Piece – is a reference to the duo embracing their own spiritual symbols. While they respect people for having their own religions and religious symbols, for Yung Trybez and Young D, they’d rather rock their Copper Shield. The Catholic church and the government of Canada used Catholicism as a tool of annihilation of Indigenous culture, practice, teachings and ways of being. SNRK identify the connections between the importance of putting their faith in a sacred metal, copper or the ‘copper shield.’
The song is about SNRK, ignoring the critics around them, and betting on themselves. The duo have seen some fans of their first two albums criticizing them for embracing trap, experimenting with autotune, and developing their sound, but SNRK want to continue to evolve and they’re going to keep making the music they want to make, and put faith in themselves that the fans are going to appreciate what they continue to create. The more upbeat nature of the lyrics is a reflection of when they wrote this song. Written early in COVID times in 2020, the duo hadn’t yet dealt with everything that ultimately led them to create ‘Life After.’ No suicides, family struggles, uncovering of mass graves at residential schools, loneliness and isolation of COVID and depression.
Drawing from her twin passions for Americana and classic soul, Charissa weaves new, original stories that are at times gleefully hopeful, tearfully heartbreaking, and always a perfect blend of modern and timelessness.
Her new single, “Scars and All,” a confessional yet laid back country track, is about wanting someone to accept you for all that you are.
Instead of trying to change who you are, it’s important to recognize that we are all made up of the good, the bad, and the in-between. Charissa uses this song to admit that she isn’t perfect – no one is – and owns it anyway.
Singer-songwriter Crissi Cochrane’s sultry, soulful music is an original blend that honours her East Coast folk roots and abiding love of jazz, retro pop, and classic soul. The end result is a musicality that is delicate, profound, and powerful. Since going viral on Spotify with more than 13 million plays of her album Little Sway, recording and performing artist Crissi Cochrane is beloved for her silky vocals, expert songwriting, and fierce musicianship.
“Why” is a bittersweet ode to missed connections and unrequited love; always crossing paths at the wrong time, and desperately wishing that love will get a chance to bloom and become something special.
Calgary indie mainstay Ryan Bourne has a new single to share from Plant City, his upcoming solo album which blends idiosyncratic takes on garage pop, glammed-out rock cruisers, baroque pop, and dark psych-folk.
“Wasted World” captures the mess of being lovesick amidst a manic loss of control through distorted, guitar driven new wave.
The melody for “Wasted World” came from a dream, with lyrics playing on the theme of having hopelessly fallen in love. “I got this sickness” – all the ecstatic, nauseating overwhelm of dopamine rushing and brain chemicals swirling.
Chamber-Folk-Pop artist Elise Boulanger is a haunting vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and environmental advocate hailing from Nanaimo (Snuneymuxw), Canada. Influenced by nature, she creates cinematic dreamscapes of ethereal vocals, resonant strings and rhythmic energies.
“It Started in the Garden” is her new single with shimmering, tormented string passages and howling vocals. “It’s more than a dark and moody love story, of when you do something you love with someone you love and then they turn around and do it with someone else.” explains Boulanger. “As a passionate environmentalist, I’ve partnered with environmental organizations to raise awareness for the indelible importance of biodiversity in the face of climate change.”