Patrick Watson – “Love Songs for Robots”

Sampled in a preview for the current season of The Walking Dead, the acclaimed TV series on AMC, Patrick Watson’s “Love Songs for Robots,” is murky and mysterious. Its experimental sounds move from background noise to the forefront and back again almost seamlessly, and his orchestration is top-notch, especially in the way the song continuously shifts in shape. Look for his album that comes out on May 11th via Domino Records.

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All Dogs – “Georgia”

They may be simple songs, but they are fully-loaded. The alt-rock trio, “All Dogs,” hails from Columbus, Ohio, and while the band’s songs often sport pared-down lyrics and the typical three power chord structure, the lead singer Maryn Jones tells it honestly. That alone, is sometimes the perfect remedy for the complicated dejection she sings about. And as an artistic notation, that rising guitar note which harmonizes with her melody at the one minute mark is chilling.

Jordan Klassen- Firing Squad

Jordan Klassen is back. The Vancouver-based musician, released his LP Repentance on Nevado Records almost a year ago. He actually recorded Repentance with producer/Multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Anderson who worked with another RTM favorite Aidan Knight. The easy comparison is to Sufjan Stevens, but his newest single has the indelible hook that could help get him some serious radio play in the near future.

And another for good luck.