My name is
Francis Baptiste.
I review new music
every Friday.

I M U R, Biawanna – Fever

Written Friday, August 16

Fever is an explicit R&B Pop anthem. There’s so much polish on this track. The beat is so good. The vocal performances are top-tier. I M U R have really exploded in popularity in the electro-R&B genre, which they’ve proven to have total mastery of in their previous releases. It’s ridiculously exciting to see them […]

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Jordan Heaney writes, produces, and records everything as Yung Heazy. On stage he’s joined by a backing band, but what you hear on the record is all him, and it’s very impressive. The album is eclectic in genre, with tracks pulling in jazz influences, classic rock, pop, folk, and psych. There are a lot of […]

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Phono Pony – Monkey Paw

Written Friday, August 2

This is a great sounding rock album. Phono Pony are a rock duo, Michael Kenyon on guitar and vocals, and Shay Hayashi on drums and synths. Between the two of them they’ve created an awesomely simple and powerful rock album. From the first chords on the opening track, 00100, you get a clear sign of […]

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Swim Team – V

Written Friday, July 26

Bold, brash, unapologetic, and most importantly, expertly executed, V is Vancouver indie of the highest caliber, creativity firing on all cylinders. It’s unique and non-conformist, the kind of album that is sure to have longevity among Vancouver music fans. It’s an album I hope finds a wider audience, because people should hear it and it […]

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Necking – Cut Your Teeth

Written Tuesday, July 23

This album came out on my birthday. And it was probably the first time since high school that I went out of my way to buy a physical copy of an album on the day it was released. And boy was it a great present to myself. The much hyped, much anticipated debut Mint Records […]

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Actors – It Will Come to You

Written Tuesday, July 23

The sound of Actors is that of a carefully curated collection of nostalgic post-punk staples. Classic 80s synth sounds, popping snares and kicks, heavily reverberated guitars, a melancholy and nonchalant vocal performance. Everything about this album oozes cool and hip. And “cool” isn’t really a word I use a lot when describing music. In this […]

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Whelming – Settle

Written Friday, July 19

In only four songs clocking in at about twenty minutes, Whelming displays a wealth of diversity and attention to detail, all while maintaining an auditory identity that is unmistakable, a fingerprint characterized by driving grooves, a smooth and gritty vocal range, and a tastefully restrained and apt rhythm section. Settle presents the listener with all […]

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Haley Blais – Let Yourself Go

Written Friday, July 12

Haley Blais was probably my most listened to Vancouver artist of 2018. Following this album’s release, it promptly went on repeat on my phone and in my car for a few weeks and, even though I’ve heard it a million times now, it’s still in the regular rotation for me. She might be one of […]

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Devours – Iconoclast

Written Friday, July 5

Devours has upped his game in every way with Iconoclast, the follow up to 2016’s Late Bloomer (also a good album). His singing, song composition, and lyricism have all taken a big step forward on this new album. It’s exciting to witness his growth and development as an artist. Jeff Cancade has created a sound […]

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Sleepy Gonzales – The Joy of Painting

Written Friday, June 28

Hypnotic and soothing, The Joy of Painting is an ephemeral dream pop masterpiece. Clocking in at only 12 minutes total this EP plays like a meditation, an exercise in focus and patience. The breathy delivery by vocalist Allyson Lowry is flawless. The steady flow of the rhythm section and reverb soaked guitar parts perfectly set […]

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