Your First Listen: Week of September 19th

Five songs you need to hear this week from Basia Bulat, July Talk, James Vincent McMorrow, Bros and Arkells

Each week we feature five remarkable songs you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45pm, 5:45pm, and 8:45pm.


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Basia Bulat – “La La Lie”

The Polaris Prize shortlist was packed with incredible Canadian artists, and here’s one of them. Basia Bulat’s nominated album Good Advice sees the singer going in a more electronic direction, pairing synths with her unmistakable voice. Check her Black Box session above, or hear the single ” target=”_blank”>here.

July Talk – “Picturing Love”

Toronto’s July Talk released their MUCH anticipated sophomore album Touch earlier this month and it is full of jams. The band needs no introduction so lets just get to it: “Picturing Love” brand new July Talk, on your first listen.

James Vincent McMorrow – “Get Low”

If you’re into Chet Faker or Alt J’s crooning, Irish singer songwriter James Vincent McMorrow will be right up your alley. You’ll be able to catch him in town at the Phoenix on November 14th, from his album We Move this is “Get Low”.

BROS – “Tell Me”

Sheepdogs played TURF this weekend, but if their twangy country sound ain’t your thang, lead singer Ewan Currie and his brother, keyboardist Shamus Currie have put together something a little different for you. Their new side project is called, appropriately, ‘BROS’.

Arkells – “My Heart’s Always Yours”

Arkells have been ON A teaaar since releasing their new album Morning Report back in August. With this record it really feels like they’ve taken a step from great Canadian rock band to almost legendary Canadian rock band.