Meet the latest new Exclaim! Favorites, including Montreal’s hottest singer and Newfoundland’s most notable emo rockers
Posted on November 08, 2021
These eight emerging Canadian artists span a wide range of venues and styles, but each one infuses each piece with so much heart and emotion. Meet the latest new Exclaim! Favorites, including Montreal’s hottest singer and top Newfoundland emo rockers, then hear them and other local emerging talent in our Spotify playlist.
For fans of: Grimes, Royal Canoe, JPEGMAFIA
Andrew Huculiak and Cayne McKenzie, formerly of Vancouver-based art-pop group We Are the City, have reinvented themselves musically under the name BIG KILL. Their self-proclaimed “destructive pop” features big hooks, loud drums and heavily manipulated vocal melodies. With two experimental EPs – BIG KILL FUTURE and Except for you – released in the last two months, BIG KILL has only just begun.
For fans of: Griselda Records, Megan Thee Stallion, Armani Caesar
Montreal rapper CHUNG just released Chung shui EP finds her teaming up with veteran producer Cotola for seven tracks filled with beats and grubby bars. With stellar production and impeccable delivery, CHUNG showcases their versatility and raw talent on this album, and it doesn’t go unnoticed by the top artists of Buffalo’s resurgent rap scene.
Antoine-Samuel Mauffette Alavo
For fans of: Weyes Blood, Aldous Harding, Julia Holter
Estyr buries the pop melodies under layers of electronic and folk textures as if they were a treasure hidden in vast lush landscapes, and the trip is well worth it. The four songs on her All tied up The EPs are rich in compelling detail, like reflections on suburban alienation in “Suck It Up”, the acoustic guitar accents of the title track or the captivating vocals of “High on a Feeling”.
For fans of: Anderson. Paak, SZA
KALLITECHNIS has been gaining momentum for quite some time, becoming one of the most sought-after female singers in Montreal and bringing her advantage to collaborations with Lou Phelps and Gayance. His new EP, well titled, BECAUSE IT IS GOOD, is inspired by a brand of R&B and neo-soul. The single “SELFISH” is a contagious and endlessly replayable bop.
For fans of: Emotional Oranges, Goldlink and Wizkid
After moving to Toronto from Lagos, Nova tweaked his ethereal and mellow blend of R&B, soul and afrobeats. Based on his new life experiences, recent album STAY II shows off her palette through collaborations with artists around the world, such as the singles “Can’t Complain” (with Fasina, from Lagos) and “Precious Diamond” (with Torontonian Katasha J).
For fans of: Phoebe Bridgers, Adrianne Lenker, Haley Heynderickx
23-year-old indie-folk songwriter from Ottawa, Leith Ross, asks the question: What if kissing was just for kissing? Their beautifully vulnerable song tentatively titled “We’ll Never Have Sex” caught the attention of FINNEAS, Alessia Cara and millions of others after going viral on TikTok last summer. Last year, the artist delivered his first EP Mother’s well, and followed in 2021 with the cottagecore single “Music Box” and the two-song EP I should think about it.
St. John’s, NL
For fans of: Modern Baseball, the Front Bottoms, Joyce Manor
The rock trio Swimming is so committed to their brand of emo mathy that you can practically hear them screaming from the east. Their More of the same EP and first album Its good find them battling life’s many ills with a ferocity belied by the mild-mannered headlines of the outings.
For fans of: Dry Cleaning, Porridge Radio
Visibility Choked is the last great post-punk group to emerge from Montreal. The music is tense, singer Gabrielle Domingue delivers the lyrics with captivating intensity, and there is an alchemy between each of the five members of the group. Their eponymous debut EP, which is out now, is hopefully the first of many triumphs for the group.
Yara El Soueidi
Listen to songs from these and other new favorites on our Spotify playlist: