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The Complete QBIM ONE HUNDRED

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Lists are cool. Lists are fun. In the last 10 years, we’ve made a lot of lists, but never a ranked one. Until now.

With sincere thanks to Quick Before It Melts’ good friends Ryan Bresee, Jonathan Briggins, Louis Calabro, Mac Cameron, Tiana Feng, and Alex Hudson, we’ve endeavoured to compile a (totally subjective and up-for-debate) definitive list of the 100 albums that made the decade and have defined Quick Before It Melts. I think we did a pretty good job.


100 BELIEFS Beliefsbeliefs2


99 GRIMES Art Angels59ef246f


98 THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE Departingraa-departing

There are moments on Departing, like “Barnes’ Yard” and “Under The Knife”, that jump out as examples of the band’s experimentation and playfulness. What The Rural Alberta Advantage has ultimately done is crafted another vibrant and electrifying record in the vein of their last, but with a life all its own.Quick Before It Melts, March 1, 2011


97 DANIEL ROMANO Workin’ For the Music ManDaniel Romano - Workin For The Music Man


96 WOMEN Public Strainwomen_public_strain_1283353281

Even at my dirtiest, noise-loving best, Public Strain is not the kind of album I ever imagined liking, let alone loving. I’m hesitant to use such a hyperbolic as “love” because that suggests admiration and affection. Public Strain makes me apprehensive and slightly fearful; it’s the adrenaline rush it gives me that I’m truly hooked on.Quick Before It Melts, October 16, 2010


95 PS I LOVE YOU Death Dreamsa2954928824_16

Death Dreams is so full of melodies that there’s barely enough room in these 11 songs to contain them all. The established wall-of-guitar-sound PS I Love You used for Meet Me at the Muster Station hasn’t been taken down, but it’s been bricked over and given a fresh coat of paint thanks to Paul Saulnier’s fretboard shredding fervor. Lyrically, they’re going to some very dark places (the album title refers to recurring dreams Saulnier was having while out on the road), but there’s a beacon of light off in the distance to guide us back from the brink.Quick Before It Melts, May 8, 2012


94 DOOMSQUAD Kalaboogiea3615734734_10


93 CATHERINE MACLELLAN SilhouetteCover-Art-Silhouette


92 SUUNS & JERUSALEM IN MY HEART Suuns & Jerusalem in My Heart3f96ba98


91 COOL TV Painta1356145882_10


90 CHAD VANGAALEN Shrink DustCVG_ShrinkDustLPJacket_Working


89 RUFUS WAINWRIGHT Release the Stars61kcjMRdZVL


88 TANYA TAGAQ Animismmaxresdefault


87 JULIE FADER Outside InGatefold_Template

Outside In is the kind of album you swear you’ve heard somewhere else before. Like a city that’s instantly familiar even though you have never visited it before, Outside In induces déjà vu-like in the listener as they travel down musical routes that remind you of roads previously taken… Fader layers her songs like warm pullovers over plaid flannel shirts.Quick Before It Melts, September 26, 2009


86 RAH RAH The Poet is DeadLayout 1


85 JUNIOR BOYS So This Is Goodbye86f51543


84 BRAIDS Flourish//PerishBraids_Flourish_Perish_album_artwork

With no guitar in sight until the very last track, Braids have set themselves at their computers and keyboards to translate their previous record’s free-flowing, amorphous sound patterns with technology. They manage that musical feat effortlessly. The fact that there is no guitars is such a non-issue that it almost doesn’t warrant mentioning. With talent like theirs, I suspect Braids could make their singular brand of music using pots and pans and common household twine.Quick Before It Melts, August 20, 2013


83 COUSINS The Halls of Wickwirea0367239411_10


82 YOUNG GALAXY Ultramarine111YoungGalaxy_Ultramarine


81 TEGAN AND SARA Heartthrobd39c3250

Tegan and Sara’s evolution has been organic, and unapologetic; as sure as they’ll pick up new fans with Heartthrob, they’re bound to lose some long-time admirers who’ll feel alienated by the cool, synthetic sounds of new songs like “Shock to Your System”. It’ll be those disenchanted fans’ loss; Heartthrob will renew your faith in pop music and remind you that it can be much more than ‘typical’.Quick Before It Melts, January 29, 2013


80 MARIE-PIERRE ARTHUR Marie-Pierre ArthurACH002340662.0.580x580


79 DIANA Perpetual Surrender9e1299c1 


78 SILKKEN LAUMANN Not Forever EnoughSilkken-Laumann

Not Forever Enough–a record of abandon, of surrender–arrives against the odds to clean the slate and reset the controls.  Silkken Laumann started out as a re-imagining of one man’s musical trajectory, one Rolf Klausener, who alongside compatriot Pat Johnson set out to stake some new musical ground for themselves in the wake of The Acorn’s indefinite hiatus.  Together, they began rediscovering what they loved about music in the first place, exploring new ways of exemplifying that love, and exorcising some of the demons from an annus horribilis: 2011. – Quick Before It Melts, January 7, 2014.


77 JON MCKIEL Tonka War Childa4288285632_10


76 BRAIDS Native Speaker022-Braids-Native-Speaker 


75 THE DEARS Gang of LosersGangOfLosers 


74 AIDAN KNIGHT Small Reveala0840043638_5 


73 THE REST Seesaw0000224639_10

In the year 2525, they’ll still be telling the story about how SEESAW came to be, albeit probably punctuated with a chuckle at the primitive technology The Rest‘ had to use to retrieve the album from a defective hard drive.  In 2012, the story is hardly funny at all. – Quick Before It Melts, May 7, 2012


72 SHOTGUN JIMMIE Transistor Sistera3877785146_10 


71 ABSOLUTELY FREE Absolutely Freeabsolutely_free

They are, in essence, the musical equivalent of an Esther Williams “Aquamusical”, and I for one am happy to drown in Absolutely Free’s wake. – Quick Before It Melts, October 14, 2014.


70 THE ACORN Glory Hope Mountain 600x600 


69 MICHAEL FEUERSTACK & ASSOCIATES Singer Songera1839954063_10


68 DRAKE Nothing Was the SameNothing_Was_the_Same_cover_1


67 THE WOODEN SKY Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sunthe-wooden-sky-every-child-a-daughter-ever-moon-a-sun

Perhaps they’re more confident in their playing and songwriting, or maybe it’s because of new experiences gained on the road, but whatever it is, The Wooden Sky have truly come into their own. – Quick Before It Melts, February 29, 2012.


66 ZAKI IBRAHIM Every Oppositea2393853360_10


65 LITTLE GIRLS GIRLS Concepts2af6ae20

There was an exciting moment in 2009/2010 when lo-fi home recordings were trendy. All you needed to make a great album was the built-in mic on a laptop, which was really democratizing. Concepts is one of my favourites from that era. – Alex Hudson


64 ARCADE FIRE Reflektorarcade_fire_reflektor


63 WARS Pacey From Mighty Ducksa3216575217_10

Goofy pop-punk that is silly, funny and curiously touching. Very humble pop songs that are full of puns, local shoutouts and great hooks. – Alex Hudson


62 MATTHEW GOOD Hospital Musicmatthewgood-hospital-music-620px

The power of this album is undeniable to me. Written after the dissolution of his marriage and the diagnosis of his bi-polar disorder, it’s Good’s most meaningful piece of work.  It’s raw, personal, heart breaking, political and savagely underrated. – Mac Cameron


61 BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE Power in the Bloodbuffy

With the vigor and gusto of someone half her age, Sainte-Marie rallies a new generation on Power In The Blood’s closing song, “Carry It On” to keep the legacy she has established alive: “Look right now / and you will see / we are only here by the skin of our teeth / as it is, so take heart / and take care of your link with life / and carry it on.” – Quick Before It Melts, May 11, 2015.


60 JENNIFER CASTLE Pink Cityjennifer castle pink city

Pink City beckons listeners to join Jennifer Castle on a barefooted journey through subdivisions of the sublime, decomposing districts, and cross bridges over chaotic chasms. The landmarks are familiar, but through the lens of Castle’s music, you’ll see this city n a whole new light. – Quick Before It Melts, September 29, 2014


59 SAID THE WHALE Hawaiisaidthewhalehawaii

When I first got involved in the local music scene in 2006/2007, Ben and Tyler of Said the Whale were the first peers I met who wrote what sounded like “real” songs. That really changed the way I thought about local music. This album came out years after that, but it’s their best. – Alex Hudson


58 LIFESTORY: MONOLOGUE Drag Your White Fur Make It Greytumblr_lsh2ruqqUe1qdw79to1_500

Lifestory: Monologue occupied a strange place in the Southern Ontario Hardcore scene in the mid-2000s; not quite hardcore, almost post-rock and consistently excellent. Drag Your White Fur Make It Grey is the band’s lone full length but it proves that Lifestory was one of the only bands in the scene that was able to mature gracefully out of it. This album is criminally underrated, proving that people are really scared of interesting and original rock music. Their loss. – Mac Cameron


57 RAE SPOON Superioryouareinferiora2952345152_10

Its roots are in folk and country, but there are inspired moments where computerized beats and sampling adds an unexpected–but very welcomed–twist. Rae Spoon’s lyrics are like a mini-geography lesson, traversing this country from sea to sea. Along the way, you not only visit physical landmarks and historic sites, but you get to see a soul laid bare, and a life not many of us could ever expect to experience. – Quick Before It Melts, September 8, 2008.


56 HUDDLE All These Firesa3278649318_10


55 THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS Brill Bruisershomepage_large.c0c1c6ba

The New Pornographers are perhaps my favourite band ever, but I had pretty much given up on them after a couple of so-so albums. Brill Bruisers is their return to form. – Alex Hudson


54 PROPAGHANDI Supporting Caste613MglSF-xL

I was a latecomer to Canada’s most enduring and outspoken punk band and although it may be blasphemous to longtime fans on the band I think more recent Propaghandi is far superior to the old stuff. Case and point, the all out thrash metal meets punk meets post hardcore masterpiece Supporting Caste. Through rage, humour, intellect and direct and brutal honesty. – Mac Cameron


53 THE BESNARD LAKES The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night918798fc

The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night is not doom and gloom, though: it’s loom and boom.  From the outset, “Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 1: The Ocean” pulses and ripples out of the speakers like a thick fog, enveloping you in a soft cushion of sound designed to heighten the sonic impact of it’s sibling, “Like The Ocean, Like The Innocent Pt. 2: The Innocent” which seamlessly flows from its predecessor.  It’s like a slow motion slam dance; you’re trapped on all sides by its immense wall of sound, buffeted back in forth between its beats and rhythms in an ever increasing trance. – Quick Before It Melts, March 9, 2010.


52 ALVVAYS Alvvaysalvvays

In Molly Rankin, Alvvays have a most captivating, poker-faced front woman. When the tempo slows, and Rankin lets a little longing into her performance, you get delectable moments like “The Agency Group” revealing the breadth and depth of Alvvays’ songwriting chops. – Quick Before It Melts, July 22, 2014


51 DONOVAN WOODS Hard Settle, Ain’t TroubledDonovan Woods - HSAT


50 DRAKE If You’re Reading This It’s Too Latedrake_if_youre_reading

Nobody is better than Drake at making hedonism sound sad. “You told me she’s free Thursday and I’m sure that she’s an angel / But she don’t want this life / The timing ain’t right / Maybe one day, but even one day with us is the time of her life.” – Alex Hudson


49 JENNAH BARRY Young Mena3258549148_16


48 FOLLY & THE HUNTER Tragic Carefollyandthehunter_tragiccare_cover_1024x1024-copy


47 JAPANDROIDS Celebration Rockhomepage_large.6cc98599

For a band that had a breakout debut album, Celebration Rock is a best-case scenario for the followup. It takes the best bits of the debut and magnifies them. – Alex Hudson


46 SHAD Flying Coloursshad flying colours


45 DIRTY BEACHES Drifters/Love is the Devilhomepage_large.c873b11c

I had a big phase where I listened to almost entirely instrumental/soundscape music. I’m a big fan of music that you don’t have to fully pay attention to. Love Is the Devil is bleak, desolate and completely beautiful. – Alex Hudson.


44 KETCH HARBOUR WOLVES Dead Calm Horizondead-calm-horizon


43 APOLLO GHOSTS Mount Bensona3548922622_16

When Apollo Ghosts were active, they consistently put on the best live shows in Vancouver. All of their albums are great, but Mount Benson is the best mix of catchy, jangly punk and big-hearted sweetness. – Alex Hudson.


42 COEUR DE PIRATE BlondeBlonde_by_Cœur_de_pirate

In Blonde, we see an ever-maturing Beatrice Martin come out from behind the piano. This propelled her to a singer-songwriter with crossover popularity outside of Quebec. Often singing about heavy subjects, there’s a youthful light-heartedness with Blonde that makes us fall in love with the singer even when the listener may not know what she’s singing about. – Tiana Feng


41 MOONFACE with Siinai: Heartbreaking Braveryhomepage_large.84c9cba9

Krug’s narratives aren’t always easy to follow, but it’s his delivery that conveys the emotional truths at the core of what he’s singing.  He’s more than ably backed by Finnish band Siinai, who’ve created a murky, billowing sonic wall of sound to hang Krug’s woeful portraits on. – Quick Before It Melts, April 17, 2012


40 ARCADE FIRE Neon Bible90ddc67ced3498cdc6cce4da3c4be50aae5acb4a

We wouldn’t have the ever growing popularization of indie rock if it weren’t for bands like Arcade Fire in 2007. With Neon Bible, they did not follow the structures of “Wake Up” from Funeral that propelled them into the eyes of critics but rather continued to challenge listeners with their sound and lyrics which critiqued everything from the government to the industry. – Tiana Feng


39 WOLF PARADE Expo 86wolf-parade-expo-86

“Cloud Shadow on the Mountain” kicks the doors wide open, rushing in to fill the void with thundering drums and bass, pulsing synths, and shredding guitar work.  Everything is pushed to its limits, sounding as if it’s about to tumble into a mess of feedback and distortion.  “Little Golden Age”, “What Did My Lover Say? (It Always Had to Go This Way)” rank as some of Wolf Parade’s best songs ever, while Expo 86 as a whole… coalesces into their finest collection yet. – Quick Before It Melts, July 2, 2010


38 JAZZ CARTIER Marauding in Paradisestatic1.squarespace

With Marauding in Paradise, Cartier rose to fame without any help from the OVO crew. He digs deep racially into what it’s like to live in the city. It’s fearless and aggessive, challenging the current sounds of hip-hop coming from Toronto. – Tiana Feng


37 STARS In Our Bedroom After the WarStars_bedroom

Early Stars records drew high emotional connections to those with not-so-perfect relationships. This was an album I spent countless hours listening to when heart-broken, it understood the complications of our personal relationships, that it’s not always black and white. “Personal” remains a song that will always make me cry. – Tiana Feng


36 PUP PUPa3907713216_10

There’s something about PUP’s visceral punk energy that is highly relatable to audience of all types. In their debut, they capture their intensity in 35 minutes. It’s quite impossible to sit still and listen to PUP. You’ll head bang, air guitar and maybe accidentally knock over the vase on the kitchen counter-top. – Tiana Feng


35 TIMBER TIMBRE Hot Dreamstimber timbre hot dreams


34 SPORTS SPORTSa2481519724_10

This temporary combination of Meligrove Band and By Divine Right members produced this fabulous FREE album full of fun melodic hooks. This may be one of the most under-appreciated albums in the past 10 years. – Tiana Feng


33 Gonzales Solo Piano I0.65492600 1321186668


32 CONSTANTINES Kensington Heightsac032_1_26

We may very well have one of this year’s best album on our hands here, folks. – Quick Before It Melts, April 16, 2008.


31 VARIOUS ARTISTS Native North AmericaLITA103_Highres


30 CRYSTAL CASTLES Crystal Castleshomepage_large.75b8c461


29 MAJICAL CLOUDZ Impersonator30c06206

Devon Welsh and his synth programming partner, Matthew Otto, have crafted a gorgeous record with only the sparest of elements, one that sounds as of it’s taking a deep breath with every bar, savouring the experience of being alive with each note. – Quick Before It Melts, May 27, 2013


28 MAC DEMARCO 2homepage_large.46f10fc3


27 CFCF Exerciseshomepage_large.8eebc8e2


26 TOBIAS JESSO JR. Goonhomepage_large.44e3ab4b


25 PARALLELS Visionaries0004873510_10


24 TEEN DAZE Four More Yearsa2522792422_16


23 MOONFACE Julia With Blue Jeans Onmoonface_julia_blue_jeans

Julia With Blue Jeans On is elemental in construction: the entire record is stripped down to just piano and vocals.  The limitations are far from being an impediment, as the record shines a spotlight on Spencer Krug’s two finest assets: his songwriting ability and his voice. – Quick Before It Melts, October 28, 2013.


22 DESTROYER Poison SeasonDestroyer - Poison Season

“Solace’s Bride” is having second thoughts, but about what exactly?; “Girl in a Sling” whose eyes come in and out of focus; the unnamed first person who’s seen “Bangkok”, a million girls, been around the world and now wondering, “Hey, what’s got into Sunny?” Their stories (if they have one) remain wrapped in Dan Bejar’s trademark enigmatic lyrics, but understanding what he’s on about has never been intrinsic to appreciating the abundant musical wealth of Destroyer. – Quick Before It Melts, August 31, 2015


21 CARIBOU Our Lovecaribou our love

Our Love starts off innocently enough. The coy introduction to “Can’t Do Without You” floats in, relaxing tension and settling the body into the song’s rhythmic arc; a repetitive caress that stimulates and soothes at the same time.  It’s the gentle touch of a lover who asks, “Is that okay? Does that feel good?” The instinctual, affirmative response comes, gradually at first and then in ever quickening beats, as the song swells in stature and robustness. A testament to Dan Snaith’s prowess as a master beat-maker, “Can’t Do Without You” barely breaks a sweat as it settles into its deep house groove, anticipation building, taking us closer and closer to crescendo before showering us in a sweet release by whispering in our ear, “You know you’re the one I dream about / I couldn’t do without you.” – Quick Before It Melts, October 6, 2014.


20 BRUCE PENINSULA Open FlamesSAMO12JACKET_STANDARD

Bruce Peninsula are one of the most original sounding bands I’ve had the pleasure of hearing in my lifetime. There is something so stunning about the interweaving of Misha Bower, Neil Hagerty and their supporting chorus’s vocals on top of such dense and rhythmic instrumentals. Bruce Peninsula sound and feel like they are connected to the earth and specifically Canada. I’m unsure a band from anywhere else could sound like them, which makes it that much easier to feel their songs in my bones. – Mac Cameron


19 ATTACK IN BLACK Marriage1258103-gf

Marriage was (and is) the perfect blend of punk and roots music for me. While most of my friends were getting into Alexisonfire and the like, I was finding solace in mellower fare. We all met in the middle with Attack in Black, a group who had much folkier intentions than any of us would have guessed. Despite the band ceasing to play any of the songs on Marriage in their later period, it’s a perfect rock record and a glorious tip of the hat to youth and all its frustration. It’s also the jumping off point for three of the country’s best and most prolific songwriters. While every song on the album is great, “If All I Thought Were True” will never cease to tug at my heart strings in the best way. – Mac Cameron


18 THE WEATHER STATION LoyaltyThe_Weather_Station_Loyalty

Loyalty is a refreshing breeze and it’s the calm rustle of the leaves it runs though. Tamara Lindeman’s voice is meditative, Zen-like; her finger picking is mesmerizing and masterful. No album calms me down and puts me at ease like this one. The subtle production makes Loyalty more than a simple singer-songwriter record – it’s mellow gold. “The way it is and the way it could be both are”, there is no phrase more comforting than that. – Mac Cameron


17 KWARKA Les chemins de verrea0343852502_10

Les chemins de verre‘s last song is titled “Le vrai bonheur”, “true happiness” according to my trusted translator, and I couldn’t think of a better title or way to describe the pleasure of listening to this record. – Quick Before It Melts, August 2, 2010.


16 TOPS Picture You StaringABT040 TOPS LP-Jacket 11183 v2

TOPS’ wickedly addictive pop charms have kept me coming back to them time and again. – Quick Before It Melts, July 10, 2014


15 YOUNG GALAXY ShapeshiftingYoung-Galaxy-Shapeshifting

In my opinion, this is still the best Young Galaxy album. Shapeshifting has a certain type of romanticism and atmosphere about it that engulfs the soul. The listener travels through the 80s, tropics and dreams with song structures that are more impressionistic than pop but still maintaining an attractive flow. Despite not always having a verse-chorus structure it is still anthemic. – Tiana Feng


14 HEY ROSETTA! SeedsHey_Rosetta-SEEDS-cover

Hey Rosetta! have thrown themselves a coming out party on their third album, Seeds.  It betters their previous Polaris short listed LP Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood) by reigning in their anthemic sound and focusing the power into compact, explosive songs like “Welcome”. – Quick Before It Melts, August 15, 2011


13 ARCADE FIRE The Suburbsthe-suburbs

What quickly becomes apparent as you listen to The Suburbs is that, if Neon Bible was the aural equivalent of The Ten Commandments, then The Suburbs is The Ice Storm.  The former, a Cecil B. DeMille cinematic epic; the latter, a grainy art house film by Ang Lee.  Each unique in it’s own right, but masterpieces, both. – Quick Before It Melts, August 3, 2010.


12 THE ACORN Vieux LoupThe Acron - Vieux Loup

Vieux Loup is the story of one man’s journey back to the self, rediscovering his muse after wandering into forests of uncertainty. It is a deeply personal, autobiographic record, bordering on spiritual reawakening, and the best thing The Acorn has ever produced. – Quick Before It Melts, May 19, 2015


11 DRAKE Take Care6a010536846743970c015391d7ea3f970b


10 FUCKED UP The Chemistry of Common Life4c360ea1

Fucked Up’s best album starts unlike any other hardcore album ever made – with a flute solo. Once the solo ends and all three guitars roar into your speakers it is very clear this band is something special. Damian Abraham’s vocals are guttural and gnarly and having them a part of such epic, uplifting and fun songs, that often seem to have little to do with hardcore history makes for an incredible and unique listen. – Mac Cameron


09 WINTERSLEEP Welcome to the Night Sky796c2dd7

I was bullied for singing “Weighty Ghost” one to many times at summer camp the year this album came out. I listened to the album almost everyday walking to school that year. I have a deep-seated love for this album and in my opinion it is certainly the band’s best work. It’s expansive and accessible at the same time. It’s angsty, honest, triumphant and beautiful – pretty much my criteria for all music I have come to love since then. Every song on the album has it’s own sound and feel and Paul Murphy’s exceptional lyrics are a journey through the confusion of adolescence into the strange acceptance of adulthood. Thanks for getting me through high school Wintersleep! – Mac Cameron


08 DANIEL ROMANO Sleep Beneath the Willow and Mosey (tied)

sleep-beneath-the-willow Daniel Romano - Mosey

Sleep Beneath the Willow catapults Daniel Romano into the circle of great Canadian songwriters.  He handles delicate stories of love and loss with beauty and ease. – Quick Before It Melts, April 4, 2011

Mosey is not a country album, a folk album, or a rock album, but a eulogy to those genres that have become gross silhouettes of their former selves. Fortunately for us, as long as Romano has a melody and few things to say about you and me, these traditions will not die. – Mac Cameron, Quick Before It Melts, May 23, 2016


07 GRIMES Visionshomepage_large.42bf6de8

Grimes challenges the boundaries of pop and electronic music with Visions, breaking sexual stereotypes about females in the studio (which opened her up to more future collaborations, including the ones on Art Angels). This album was impressively recorded on GarageBand. The attention from Visions transformed Grimes into more than a musician: a producer, a pop/fashion icon and a feminist role model. – Tiana Feng


06 THE WEEKND House of Balloonsweeknd-house-of-balloons_hisi6d

House of Balloons is a sombre, sobering record that immerses itself into the depths of the disco, only to exit out the back door, disorientated and alone, standing in the dark without a ride home. – Quick Before It Melts, September 12, 2011


05 KATHLEEN EDWARDS Voyageurkathleen-edwards-voyageur1

Voyageur has been an unexpected pleasure from an artist whose new material I wasn’t anticipating.  This is the kind of record I love discovering, and the kind that ends up on my year-end lists in December.  We’ve a long way to go until then, but I’m certain that Kathleen Edwards will be on that journey with me for 2012.Quick Before It Melts, January 17, 2012


04 EVENING HYMNS Spectral DuskEvening Hymns - Spectral Dusk

 Spectral Dusk is Evening Hymns’ Jonas Bonnetta reaching out to me, to anyone else who’s listening, wrapping a comforting arm around my shoulder and saying words that aren’t always easy to hear, even though they’re true: “It never gets better; it just gets easier in time.” – Quick Before It Melts, August 14, 2012


03 CARIBOU Swimmrg348

It’s a whirlpool that will suck you into its centre and drown you in sound.  The most arresting moment on Swim has to be “Bowls” but be forewarned:  listening to it on headphones for the first time may induce throbbing deep inside your skull. – Quick Before It Melts, April 20, 201


02 HANDSOME FURS Sound KapitalSound_Kapital-The_Handsome_Furs_480

All of the albums to come out of the Wolf Parade camp, Sound Kapital is my favourite. I have very found memories of walking around Strathcona and listening to this one. – Alex Hudson

Sound Kapital may have NSFW cover art, but the music inside could easily be classified as NSFS (Not Safe For Sitting).  The beats are viral (see “Repatriated”, the best dance-pop-punk hybrid tune of 2011) and the synths seductive (“What About Us”).  It’s sleek, modern, and designed to connect physically, intellectually, and emotionally. – Quick Before It Melts, June 29, 2011


01 DESTROYER KaputtDestroyer - Kaputt

Dan Bejar is the coolest cat around. Sexy soft-rock saxes were all the rage for a while, and Kaputt is the album that really defined that sound. – Alex Hudson

…I always feel the need to have a cigarette after listening to Kaputt. – Quick Before It Melts, January 25, 2011

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  • LUKA >> "Why Don't You Go To Her" LUKA >> "Why Don't You Go To Her"
  • SHIRLEY & THE PYRAMIDS >> "All The Time" SHIRLEY & THE PYRAMIDS >> "All The Time" Saskatoon's Shirley & The Pyramids wear their musical influences on the arm of their long-sleeved tee-shirts, but before you're quick to group them in with other neo-shoegazers, give a good listen to "All The Time", one of two advance singles from their recently released self-titled record. In it, you'll hear a the broad strokes of someone who's explored a range of sonic influencers--from 13th Floor Elevators to Ride, The Velvet Underground to Atlas Sound--and is now drilling down through the gauzy haze of guitar drone to find their essence, their truth.
  • EXPWY >> "Love in Idelness" EXPWY >> "Love in Idelness"






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