Lost Compass by Amy Millan, from Masters of the Burial (Arts & Crafts)
The Stars singer is sleepy-eyed and sultry, intimately offering an ode to the fever of love. We've turned over rocks in search of the next Feist, and here she was under our noses all the while.
Amy Millan plays Toronto's Mod Club Wednesday.
Laura Palmer's Prom by You Say Party! We Say Die!, from XXXX (Paper Bag)
Her heart needs a "love dance," and maybe yours does too. With romantic, lightly bopping synth-pop, the B.C. band stops the world and melts with you, under the disco ball.
You Say Party! begins a cross-Canada tour Thursday at Habitat in Kelowna, B.C.
Radio, Radio by Elvis Costello, from Live at the El Mocambo (Hip-O/Universal)
"I wanna bite the hand that feeds me," rages the peppy-rock rebel, referring to bland choices offered by commercial radio. The thing is, this 1978 concert at the illustrious palm-treed Toronto club was being broadcast live by CHUM FM.
My Broken Heart by Noah the Whale, from The First Days of Spring (Cherrytree/Universal)
His life caved in, a stoically down fellow believes he'll laugh again. But on a riveting piece of slow psychedelic folk, muted horns can't cheer this dude up. The rust-toned guitar solo? That is anguish.
Noah the Whale plays Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern, Oct. 31.