🎧 Jacob Barber – “Just Can’t Let You Go”

Singer-songwriter and musician Jacob Barber hails from Sarnia, Ontario. He also happens to be the lead singer and guitarist of garage-rock outfit Dream Seer. We recently came across his new album Loving Friends, and we can’t get enough. Now, it’s time to share it with you.

Check out Just Can’t Let You Go, our favourite album cut, in the embed below. And, while you’re at it, hit up his socials for more going forward. This is an artist you don’t want to sleep on.

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🎧 Strawman & The Jackdaws – “Field Of Wonders”

Strawman & The Jackdaws hail from Dublin, Ireland. The indie-folk-pop outfit just dropped their new extended-play FOX on the masses, and we can’t get enough of Field Of Wonders. It’s a highly infectious number that will leave looking for more. Now, it’s time for you to check it out.

Listen in the embed below, and be sure to hit up their socials to show some love. Not sure about you, but we can’t wait to hear more from this bunch.

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💿 THE RECORD LABELS: Flemish Eye

Welcome to our latest column: The Record Labels, where every Monday, we tell you about a label we know and trust when it comes to new music. Last week we introduced you to Toronto’s Telephone Explosion Records, and now we’re back with another one of our faves, Flemish Eye Records.

If you’re not familiar with the indie label, you definitely should be; the Calgary-based company has been around since 2003. Over the years, they’ve released over 40 albums, and it all started with Infiniheart by Chad VanGaalen way back in 2004.

Since then, they’ve gone on to release records by Ghostkeeper, Women, Braids, Preoccupations (formerly Viet Cong) and many more. More recently, they’ve dropped some incredible new music from up-and-comers, Yves Jarvis and Blessed. If that’s not enough, we’re rather excited about the new Besnard Lakes album The Besnard Lakes Are The Last of the Great Thunderstorm Warnings.

Check out the playlist below and get familiar with some of our favourite label songs over the years. One can never have too much Flemish Eye in their ife.

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🎧 Coy Haste – “West Plains”

If you’re not familiar with Brad Weber, he’s the producer behind Toronto-based electronic outfit Coy Haste. He also happens to be the brains behind one of our favourites; Pick A Piper.

Recently, he dropped West Plains on the masses, and we can’t get enough of this thing here at The iM. It’s been on heavy rotation over the last few days and shows no signs of slowing down. Now, it’s time for you to take a listen.

Check out the track in the embed below, and be sure to hit up his socials leading up to the new record; Apicultura drops February 5th via Stereo Ferment.

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📹 PONY – “Couch”

It’s no secret around these parts that we’re big fans of Toronto power-pop outfit PONY. After last year’s stellar WebMD single, the band is back with another song and video to go along with it; they’ve even got a new album on the way.

Watch the video for Couch in the embed below and be sure to hit up their socials for more leading up to the release. The new record, TV Baby, is out April 9th via Take This To Heart Records. We can’t wait.

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🎧 PREMIERE: South Of France – “Sidewalk”

Photo By Alden Bonecutter

South Of France is the moniker of Denver-based songwriter and musician Jeff Cormack. When he’s not making infectious indie-pop music, Jeff is a full-time composer and head of record label Staycation … he’s even shared the stage with The Flaming Lips and Portugal. The Man.

Over the past year, he’s released a string of successful singles on the masses. His latest track, Sidewalk, might be the most infectious yet, and we couldn’t be more excited to be premiering it at The iM today. The song will be included on his upcoming long-player; more about that below:

“It’s about when someone catches your eye and you like that person’s vibe and you kinda imagine what they’re like, make that story up in your head and run with it,” Cormack explains. The track was such a stand out that it ended up defining the album of cheerful, lo-fi indie-rock anthems. “The goal is to deliver a mental vacation.”

Listen to the track in the embed, and be sure to hit up his socials for more leading up to the release. The new record, Remember That Cool Thing We Did, drops on February 26th. Not sure about you, but we can’t wait.

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🎧 Granny Smith – “Ode 2 A King”

If you haven’t familiarized yourself with Toronto “devotional” pop outfit Granny Smith, you’ve been missing out. Just last year, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jason Bhattacharya dropped two albums on the masses, and now he’s back with a beautiful new single for 2021.

Listen to Ode 2 A King below and be prepared for a musical journey you won’t soon forget. And, while you’re at it, check out his last single, Delusions Of Grandeur. Not sure about you, but we can’t wait to hear more from this guy; he deserves all of our attention.

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🎧 Seas – “In The End”

Back in July of 2012, we had the pleasure of hosting a Seas double EP release-party at the infamous Rancho Relaxo in downtown Toronto. The band, consisting of members from emo-noise-makers Moneen, really blew us away that night.

Since then, they’ve released two stellar albums on the masses, and now we have their first new music in over two years via Dine Alone Records. Check out In The End below and hit up their socials to find out more about the new 7-inch. Not sure about you, but we can never get enough of Seas.

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📹 Speed Stick – “Plants”

Speed Stick is an indie-rock “supergroup” that hails from Carrboro, North Carolina. The band consists of Ash Bowie from Polvo, Charles Chace of The Paul Swest, Laura King from Bat Fangs, and Thomas Simpson of The Love Language. Today, we came across their latest single, Plants, and after just one listen, we’re hooked. The track will be included on their upcoming record, Volume One, via Don Giovanni Records.

Check out the video in the embed, and be sure to hit up their socials for more. And, while you’re at it, listen to Protect Your Magic and Knots over on their Bandcamp page. Trust us when we say you’ll be glad you did.

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