Hours of fresh local music. It’s like Release Radar for #ottmusic. Updated weekly by apt613.ca music writers.
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“Runnin’ Again” by Harea Band // Here’s another sexy, soul-infused pop hit from Ottawa’s Harea Band. Produced by Alex Harea and multi-instrumentalist Caylan Penny, “Runnin’ Again” first appeared on a live EP recorded in 2019. This weekend we were finally treated to a studio version of the song. It slaps! Recommended if you like ’90s Usher and Remy Shand. [Bandcamp]
“D.U.I.” by Maurice Moore // Ottawa-born, LA-based r&b standout Maurice Moore put out a new track that’s the perfect song to drive to (sober, definitely sober). Recommended if you like 2000s Usher and Ty Dolla $ign. [Soundcloud]
“Affliction” by Raphael Weinroth-Browne // Ottawa’s virtuoso cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne was last featured in the #ottmusic weekly playlist with an original composition for loop pedal, cello and effects. This time he’s stripped it down to a completely acoustic performance. You’ll be amazed that Weinroth-Browne performed this solo—and in one take. Recommended if you like classical, contemporary, and metal music. [Bandcamp]
“Tell Me What I’m Living For” by Townes // Thanks to Ming Wu at photogmusic.com for this fresh find. Townes aka producer Matt Radich enlisted the help of vocalist Jessica Eblie for this indie pop-rock song, performed as a duet which Radich likens to Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood’s ’60s collab. In lieu of a chorus, the track uses audio samples from the 1964 film The Last Man on Earth about an infectious (zombie!) disease outbreak. [Bandcamp]
“Gone and Run Away” by Taming Sari // From the powerful drum fills, to the seemingly-endless slide guitar melodies and then an all-round groovy bass line to drive the Lynyrd Skynyrd-esque track home, Taming Sari has delivered a modern (northern) take on classic Southern Rock. ICYMI, the band recently took part in the Encore Ottawa live music tapings at Shenkman Arts Centre and have released one live song from that session so far. Recommended if you like Glorious Sons or Rival Sons. [tamingsariband.com]
“Different Sides” by Mad Gamma // Fresh off of recording their first EP, folk rock band Mad Gamma (emphasis on the “rock” in folk rock – big drums!) is sharing their first single from the new album. “Different Sides” was inspired by two people who love each other but are living different lives and are struggling to connect… Timely in these pandemic days, although songwriter Sam Fisher says he penned the tune about three years ago. “I’m amused by how well it’s aged.” Mad Gamma’s Moving On EP is set for release in summer 2021. [madgammamusic.com]