Sarah Harmer is again, Jessie Reyez covers a traditional, Kathleen Edwards is dreading the vacations and the late Leonard Cohen has made it to the darkish facet of the moon. Songs from these Canadian artists and 5 others make up The Globe and Mail’s best-of-November playlist.

New Low, by Sarah Harmer

Singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer has been away so lengthy – no album since 2010′s Oh Little Hearth – that one might need forgotten she was ever a factor, not to mention a one-time rocker. The previous Weeping Tile entrance girl is again with New Low, the danceable lead single for a brand new album to come back in February. “If this will get us to our toes, who is aware of?” sings the eco-activist and musician on a track that jangles and bops persuasively. Harmer believes in grassroots actions, emphasis on motion.

Loopy, by Jessie Reyez

Sizzling off a Grammy nomination, the soulful singer-songwriter Reyez has gone Loopy. She does an exquisite job with the Willie Nelson-written Patsy Cline traditional, in some way making the torch tune sound like a Christmas track. One wonders how lonely eggnog feels the opposite 11 months of the 12 months.

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It’s Christmastime (Let’s Simply Survive), by Kathleen Edwards

This one really is a Christmas track, albeit a darkly humourous one. “Mother’s criticizing dad’s mashed potatoes, however he’s 4 martinis in so he doesn’t discover/ somebody let the canine lick the gravy boat, and now the air in right here is insufferable.” The kitty refrain is actually the cat’s meow, however the track additionally reminds us of Edwards’s expertise for affecting chord modifications – a present, one may say.

The Advantages of Being Alone, by Rose Cousins

The awkward vacation moments of Kathleen Edwards’s It’s Christmastime might need Rose Cousins nodding in settlement. A piano-pounding, carefree three minutes is the Halifax singer-songwriter’s salute to solo reverie. “I can play my favorite unhappy track to recollect the way it goes,” she sings. One doesn’t should be the loneliest quantity, the previous Harry Nilsson hit however.

Outdoors of Cool, V. 2, by Kliffs

“Once you hear this confession, don’t give it no pity, it’s only a unhappy track so as to add to the tower of loads.” Is the tower of loads something like Leonard Cohen’s Tower of Music? As a result of this sensual, low-riding, bass-driven monitor from the Berlin-based Canadian duo’s debut album Momentary Cures is so Cohen-like it needs to be carrying a fedora.

The Hills, by Leonard Cohen

If Kliffs’s Outdoors of Cool, V. 2 feels like an indie-rock Leonard Cohen, The Hills from Cohen’s new posthumous album imagines the late bard in a Pink Floyd afterworld. The monitor is produced by Patrick Watson, a Montreal maestro who sends Cohen’s poetry into deep area.

Eclipse (Ashley), by Braids

The bittersweet flip-side of songs written as tributes to pals is that the pal is commonly somebody who’s not round. Raphaelle Standell-Preston of the Montreal art-rockers Braids isn’t carrying black for a love track to her pal, the much-alive Quebec poet Ashley Obscura. An undulating piano carries heartfelt sentiments, introduced in a voice that stylistically manages to pay tribute to each Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morissette.

Sizzling Tears, by Leif Vollebekk

“Earlier than you go, come say hi there,” sings the mopey Montrealer, “as a result of I’m by no means gonna discover the best way to say goodbye.” However one begs to vary. A piano-based weeper could have lovers reaching for Kleenexes and Bruce Hornsby calling his lawyer. Why do one of the best issues have to finish in tears?

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