The Foreign Films Merges Past and Present on New Album ‘Magic Shadows’

Bill Majoros aka The Foreign Films is an award-winning singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist. Deeply fascinated by the musical alchemy of the past and the present, he creates retro-futurism: sparkling melodies that dream of tomorrow. 

Imagine yourself as a ghost floating away from this earthly life. Free from everything yet forever tethered to your memories. That’s the premise of “Perfect Future” from new full-length album, Magic Shadows.

Sparked by the magical realism of The Twilight Zone (1959), “Perfect Future” is reminiscent of a lost summer deep in the memory. The nostalgic and dreamy pop track conjures up hazy imagery of summer twilight.

Magic Shadows is a time machine, connecting the dots between reality and the dream world, transitioning between the organic and synthetic sounds of the ‘70s and ‘80s.

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Cree Artist Joey Stylez Drops Inspirational LP with Anthem of Hope

Recognized by CBC as one of the top 25 Canadian rappers of all time, chart-topping Cree hip hop artist Joey Stylez has partnered with JUNO winning and Platinum achieving DJ Kemo for 6 tracks and executive production of his new album. 

Horsethieves & Bootleggers will steal your heart, a 16-track compilation hitting hard on common issues faced by Indigenous North Americans. Stream here. Dedicated to all who came before him, Stylez credits his success to faith, family and commitment. He overcame the struggles faced by North American Indigenous youth and his journey serves as an inspiration.

“Finally” feat. Lancelot Knight is an anthem of hope for persevering artists. “At the end of the day I’m gonna leave my mark on this place,” Stylez declares in the optimistic new track with a little bit of rap and a little bit of rockabilly. 

Native Pool Boy makes an appearance in the official video:

This past November, “Indian Girl Driving Me Crazy” picked up the best Pop Music Video award at the 2022 Native American Music Awards.

Emm Gryner Debuts “Burn the Boats”

Award-winning singer and songwriter Emm Gryner has a new single to share, imbued with the rhythms of the early 70s. 

Burn the Boats” took inspiration from Gryner’s desire to communicate the story of the birth of a new race of people and the woman who was the mother of this story.

Written with Michael Holmes, this laid back yet mysterious yacht rock song is a contemporary retelling of the life of La Malinche, Dona Marina, a Nahua woman enslaved to Cortes in 1519. 

She would become both his guide and interpreter in Mexico, and ultimately gave birth to his son, Martin, who is considered one of the first Mestizos (people of mixed European and indigenous American ancestry).

DUTCH ENIGMA KOVACS RELEASES THIRD ALBUM ‘CHILD OF SIN’

Two years of pandemic fears and lockdown threats down the line, Sharon Kovacs returns with her third album Child of Sin. Music, videos, costumes, set design, make-up and even the sleeve are her own doing. The third record is a culmination of everything she has learned these past few years. One hundred percent raw, honest, and independent. 

The result is a collection of highly effective songs that form one cohesive whole. Musically, there’s a lot of diversity to be discovered. Each song presented challenges regarding vocal highs and lows, with lots of layers and belting. Whatever the listener will hear, is more often than not the first take. With Kovacs’ first album, Shades of Black, she could barely let go. With her second album, Cheap Smell, some details and fringes were lost. Now everything’s ace from the get-go. Overthinking a composition leads to the loss of a song’s personal relevance and impact.

The one and only Till Lindemann features on the duet and title track, “Child of Sin.” The results are stunning, undoubtedly the record’s highlight; the voices of Sharon and Till are beautifully complementary.

During the writing of “Child of Sin,” I immediately thought of Till, I wanted it to be a duet. The message is loud and clear, because you seldom hear a male and a female voice team up to bring a story to a song. We shot the video in November 2022 and that was the icing on the cake! Working with Till was a learning process for me, I feasted my eyes on every detail. A huge-ass set, 30 people working on a big short film. People really seem to believe in the song, the collaboration, and the message. It seems to touch them, which delights me to no end.

TORONTO ROCK BAND AUGUSTA DROP ANTHEMIC NEW TRACK “BETTER OFF”

Seven-piece outfit Augusta debuted on Toronto’s rock scene last year with the release of their debut single, “Little Birds.” Officially added to Sportsnet’s rotation, you can hear “Little Birds” weekly on the channel’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcasts. The group have since been hard at work on their debut EP, and are excited to share another offering.

Better Off” was written during Augusta’s first band retreat. Leading members Joe Dent, Zach Stuckey and August Jones went to the latter’s cottage to write music from scratch together for the first time. This is the first of four songs to be released from that session. It is also the first song to be released that was recorded from start to finish in August’s bedroom.

Written to be an anthem, “Better Off” hears the band add strings to their musical repertoire and features a whole group of their talented friends singing on the chorus.

Montreal’s The Weather Holds Pinpoints the End of Childhood on “It Feels So Strange”

The Weather Holds is the latest project and supergroup formed by Montreal-based producer and composer Devon Bate whose career is rife with secret contributions to contemporary Canadian music, theatre, and dance. As the producer behind JUNO Award and Polaris Prize winning albums for artists such as Jeremy Dutcher and Jean-Michel Blais, Devon has built friendships and relationships that have shaped his compositional voice. The Weather Holds is fundamentally about recognizing those connections, bringing disparate worlds of Canadian indie and contemporary classical music together, grounded in prairie soil and nourished with a Montrealaise spirit of experimentation.

New single, “It Feels So Strange,” is about what it feels like to age, but also laughs at the seriousness of those feelings. These tectonic inner transformations and the profound feelings of conviction as a younger person – Devon is singing to their validity, but with a warmth and humour he couldn’t have had while in the thick of them.