Your First Listen: 9 songs you need to discover this week

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It’s time for Your First Listen, where we show you songs you need to discover this week!

This Indie88 feature is presented with Bay Bloor Radio.

Each week we feature five remarkable songs that you need to hear on Your First Listen on air. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs every day on Indie88 beginning at 10 a.m.

Online, we expand the list with a couple more tunes. This week, we’ve got some treats for you to head into the long weekend with. A trio of tracks from July Talk, new releases from Paramore, Dan Mangan, The Beaches, and more.

Check out nine songs you need to discover this week below.

July Talk – “After This,” “Certain Father,” and “Hold”

July Talk announced their new album, Remember Never Before, live from The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on Tuesday night, where they played the entire new record. The band’s fourth studio record arrives January 20, 2023, via Six Shooter Records. Remember Never Before was produced by Graham Walsh, Kevin Drew, and July Talk guitarist Ian Docherty.

July Talk have accompanied the album announcement with the release of three new songs, “After This,” “Certain Father,” and “Hold.”


Dan Mangan – “All Roads”

Dan Mangan has shared another new song from his upcoming album, Being Somewhere. Today, Mangan has delivered “All Roads,” a bouncy indie-pop song where the Vancouver-based singer-songwriter reflects on finding beauty in the moment.

“It’s absurd and beautiful how much consideration and yearning we place into a life so fleeting,” Mangan explains in a release. “In a billion years, it’s all just space dust. No John Lennon, no Oprah. Relativity is infinite, and we are infinitesimal. And yet, in the here and now, how could anything matter more? This song is about being emancipated by the beautiful humility of littleness.”

Zoon – “Giizhig”

Zoon (Zoongide’ewin) has unveiled a new video for the track “Giizhig” from his EP A Sterling Murmuration, which arrived earlier this year via Paper Bag Records.

“‘Giizhig’ is a shorter word for the phrase ‘Ingii-pawaadaan babaamaashiyaan giizhigong’ which means ‘I dreamed I was soaring around in the sky.’ ‘Giizhig’ alone means ‘sky’,” Daniel Monkman said in a release. “As a young person I’d find ways to escape my reality, sometimes I’d lay in a field and watch the clouds shape shift in the sky, just like wasakeechuk, an old mythical creature that lived with the first indigenous people of Turtle Island.”

Valley – “The Problem Song”

Local alt-pop outfit Valley have shared a hopeful new song, “The Problem Song,” which dropped recently via Capitol Records / Universal Music Canada.

“‘The Problem Song’ is the beginning of a whole new chapter for us. It’s our most delicate attempt at holding space in a song while still having a chorus that feels powerful both emotionally and sonically. We really tried to keep the production engaging without getting in the way of the very universal message of the lyric,” vocalist Rob Laska said in a release.

“We didn’t hold back on really saying it as it is. ‘The Problem Song’ simply put is about switching on hope within the grounds of your relationship with someone you’ve loved for a long time. It’s about the unexpected shit that is the reality of being with ‘the one’ for a long time. It’s about finding joy in the pursuit of starting again.”

Paramore – “This Is Why”

Paramore have delivered their first sampling of new music since 2017 with the release of “This Is Why,” the title track from the forthcoming album due out February 10, 2023 via Atlantic Records.

“This Is Why” arrives with a video directed by Turnstile frontperson Brendan Yates.

Tegan and Sara – “I Can’t Grow Up”

Tegan and Sara have unveiled a video for their new single “I Can’t Grow Up,” the latest release from their forthcoming album, Crybaby, which arrives on October 21 via Mom + Pop.

The song “was musically inspired by Chicago band Dehd and their album Flower of Devotion. The song started on bass, an instrument I’d never written with until Crybaby, and I was channeling a little bit of Emily Kempf from Dehd, and Peter Hook from New Order,” Sara Quinn said in a release. “My partner had traveled back to the U.S., after a year of being stuck in Canada during the pandemic, and I was enjoying late nights alone writing music and singing full tilt in the basement.”

The Beaches – “My People”

Toronto’s The Beaches have dropped another new single, “My People,” following the release of “Orpheus” and the summer anthem “Grow Up Tomorrow.” Lyrically, “My People” follows a familiar theme of being young, broke, and reckless, with vocalist Jordan Miller running down the trials of scraping by in Toronto.

“‘My People’ is a song about being young and broke in Toronto. It’s a song about a collection of experiences that some of my friends and I have had in order to get by in the city,” The Beaches said in a release. The track embraces of the struggle, which Jordan Miller adds is about “enjoying this state of arrested development.”


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