The best new music of the week: Randy Bachman, Lord Huron, Brian Wilson and more

By Nicholas Jennings

As music columnist for hellomagazine.ca, each week I’ll bring you my selections for the best and most notable new music, albums you’re going to want to add to your collection plus a five-song playlist to try out. Happy listening!

HEAVYWEIGHT ALBUMS:


Randy BachmanHeavy Blues
Working with the female rhythm section of Anna Ruddick on bass and Dale Anne Brendon on drums, the Can-rock legend teams up with some famous buddies on his latest album. As the title suggests, it leans towards the bone-crunching rock of his BTO days, especially with Neil Young on “Little Girl Lost” and with Peter Frampton on the thundering title track. Topping it off, the “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet” singer unleashes a rave-up with the late Jeff Healey on the Bo Diddley-style “Confessin’ to the Devil.”


Lee Harvey OsmondBeautiful Scars
Tom Wilson has worn many musical hats, including fronting Junkhouse and serving as a member of Blackie & the Rodeo Kings. His third album with his acid folk-blues outfit is a doozy, full of moody, smoldering numbers like “Loser for Your Love” and “How Does It Feel,” plus such haunting acoustic ballads as “Come and Go” and “Bottom of Our Love.” Produced by Cowboy Junkies’ Michael Timmins, the album is the perfect showcase for Wilson’s evocative lyrics and signature deep growl of a voice.

OTHER NOTABLE RELEASES:

Brian WilsonNo Pier Pressure
Zooey Deschanel joins the legendary Beach Boy for the swaying, palm-themed “On the Island,” while fun.’s Nate Ruess warbles through the sweetly retro “Saturday Night.”

Lord HuronStrange Trails
Inspired by summer nights on the shores of Lake Huron, Ben Schneider now imbues his catchy dream-folk songs with the slightly sinister edge of weird fiction.

Matt & KimNew Glow
The indie dance duo’s fifth album is another box of quirky, bouncy pop confections, from the giddy “Hey Now” to the infectious, stay-up-late anthem “Get It.”

Toro Y MoiWhat For?
Chaz Bundick’s work has evolved from the bedroom to the dance floor, moving from chillwave recordings to more energetic (but still dreamy) beat-laden pop.

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