Feist, Daniel Caesar and much more new audio

Introducing the Toronto Star’s Weekend Songs Digest, a roundup of new new music, concert listings and a lot more.

This week’s roundup incorporates new new music from Feist, Daniel Caesar, DEBBY FRIDAY and a lot more. Click on here to listen together to the Spotify playlist.

Album of the 7 days

Feist: Multitudes

It is been a whilst since we’ve heard new new music from Leslie Feist, the Canadian musician who around the past two decades has navigated roles as an clever songstress, a badass rock star, your child’s favourite singer and, most not too long ago, the ethical conscience of indie rock. “Multitudes” is hence a fitting title for the 47-calendar year-old’s sixth solo album, an stylish and mostly-hushed assortment of tunes encouraged by both of those grief and new lifestyle.

In 2019, Feist adopted her first boy or girl. Two many years later on, in the midst of pandemic lockdowns, she misplaced her father. On “Multitudes,” Feist transforms emotional upheaval into artwork-pop experiments on tracks like “In Lightning,” and graceful people tracks like “Love Who We Are Intended To.”

“You cannot get started to put together/ For permanently before/ She’s sleeping ideal more than there,” Feist sings more than gently-picked guitar on “Forever Just before,” a transferring ode to motherhood executed in the spirit of her musical forebearer Joni Mitchell.

Feist performs History in Toronto on May well 18.

Far more new releases

  • Metallica’s 11th studio album, “72 Seasons,” marks the metallic titans very first album considering that 2016. Strap in, this negative boy is over 77 minutes lengthy.
  • Montreal duo Bodywash have released their sophomore LP, “I Held the Form While I Could.” If you like Seashore Residence, examine these guys out.
  • Indie rock/alt-region singer Angel Olsen has launched a new EP titled “Forever Suggests,” which collects track from recording sessions from her critically acclaimed album “Big Time.”

Star Tracks: The very best new new music this 7 days

Daniel Caesar: Disillusioned (feat. serpentwithfeet)

“I’m terrified of getting more mature, it weighs on my shoulders,” Daniel Caesar laments on “Disillusioned.” The 28-12 months-old Toronto native, who turned a home title in 2021 thanks to his characteristic on Justin Bieber’s chart-topping strike “Peaches,” may possibly be clinging to his youth, but his music seems remarkably experienced on his 3rd LP, which dropped previous 7 days. That includes an impressive roster of R&B major-hitters — which include Mustafa, serpentwithfeet Ty Dolla $ign, Omar Apollo and Raphael Saadiq — “NEVER ENOUGH” strikes a high-quality equilibrium amongst the gospel-oriented sound of his 2017 debut and the additional experimental manufacturing of his sophomore album. The consequence is a smorgasbord of gooey hooks and earworms that vary from downtempo ballads (“Cool,” “Toronto 2014”) to neo-soul anthems (“Let Me Go,” “Unstoppable”), all tied collectively by the undeniable allure of Caesar’s voice.

Debby Friday: What A Guy

Really don’t slumber on Debby Friday. The Nigeria-born, Toronto-centered digital artist created a large splash in Canada’s underground tunes scene last month with the launch of her supremely assured debut, “GOOD LUCK.” Thunderous and comprehensive of swagger, the superior-octane challenge swings wildly amongst industrial rock, pop, techno and drill music, as chugging bass strains and distorted percussion clash with squealing guitars and robotic synths. But it is Friday’s voice — sweet, but razor sharp, laced with just a hint of menace — that delivers the glue on “GOOD LUCK,” shifting easily among the euphoric electro-pop of “SO Tricky TO TELL” to the industrial sludge of “WHAT A Person.” Friday has arrived like a power of mother nature, one particular that seems like absolutely nothing else.

The Countrywide: Your Brain Is Not Your Buddy (feat. Phoebe Bridgers)

Supplied the state of indie rock in the calendar year 2023, it is tough to feel of a extra pure (or algorithmically-obvious) collaboration than dad-rock journeyman The Nationwide and Queen of Unfortunate Woman Indie Rock Phoebe Bridgers. Instagrammable lyrics (“Don’t believe that in manifestation Your heart’ll break”? Examine. Twinklyingly remarkable piano component? Check. Charmingly twee new music movie? Check out.

On paper, this does not audio like a notably fresh or appealing thought (and I’m a large lover of both equally artists). But in exercise, it operates — Bridgers and vocalist Matt Berninger clearly have fantastic chemistry below, and the harmonies hit that sweet place. Will Aaron Dessner producer the followup to “Punisher?” Possibly.

Newly declared concerts

  • SZA has introduced yet another string of dates for her huge tour in support of her next album, “SOS,” which not too long ago topped the charts for 10 consecutive months. She’ll return Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Oct. 4 — massive news for those who have been unable to score tickets to her February demonstrate (like me). Tickets are on sale Friday. Fantastic luck.
  • Canadian indie folk singer Dan Mangan is heading on tour in help of his newest album, “Being Somewhere.” The tour consists of a great deal of Ontario dates, like an visual appearance at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto on October 28.
  • Indie rock bands Cloud Nothings and Wavves are embarking on co-headlining tour of North America this summer months, together with a end at The Phoenix Concert hall on June 14. The two bands launched a collaborative album, “No Existence for Me,” in 2015.

Toronto Live performance Calendar


Get all set to mosh: the Olympia punk rock/ riot grrrl legends engage in the next of two demonstrates at the Danforth Music Corridor Friday.


The indie rock duo, made up of Anishnaabe songwriters Daniel Monkman and Adam Sturgeon, released their stirring debut album, “Sewn Back again Jointly,” very last yr. Browse the Star’s profile in this article.


The Maryland rapper, recognised for her distinctive mix of hip hop, punk and hyperpop, is touring in support of her seventh mixtape, Las Ruinas, which arrived out final summertime.


More than the past a number of a long time, previous Chairlift singer Caroline Polachek has reinvented herself an art-pop diva — a sort present day Kate Bush, stretching the limits of pop audio through sonic experimentation and weird visuals. Her good fourth solo album, “Desire, I Want To Turn Into You,” arrived in February, and was satisfied with universal significant acclaim (assume to see it at the top rated or in the vicinity of the leading of most album of the 12 months lists this wintertime).

Examine out this job interview with Polachek in Pitchfork, in which she describes the issues of obtaining mentorship as a lady in the music market:

“Here’s the thing with mentorship typically: The landscape of how people today consume tunes variations drastically each individual five several years. So what tips, truly, does just one era have to give to the subsequent? Quite minor. Identifying on your own is the only factor that can be taught in that way. Mainly because each and every generation and microgeneration has to rewrite the principles and come up with new means of navigating and producing meaning—in a way that previous generations not only can’t suggest on but it’s possible even can’t recognize.”

If you favor indie folk to avant-garde pop tunes, head to the Phoenix to verify out John Darnielle and the boys, who are touring in assistance of the band’s 21st album, “Bleed Out.”

Miscellanea from about the audio entire world

The topic music for Super Mario was among the the 25 recordings not too long ago included to the National Recording Registry, which collects “audio treasures deserving of preservation for all time.” The theme, composed by Koji Kondo in 1985, is in good business with other recently extra songs like Daddy Yankee’s “Gasolina” and Madonna’s “Like A Virgin.”

Hurry singer and bass god Geddy Lee narrated a promo video clip for the Blue Jays home opener. This would make me incredibly content:

Freddie Gibbs reacted to DJ Akademiks posing with Donald Trump:

Arlo Parks responds to a trend brand name that evidently does not know what sort of audio she makes. (Study the Star’s profile on Parks in this article.)

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