High Rotation: 5 Albums I Wish You Knew

Music is a huge part of my life. I love discovering new sounds, songs and experiences. You will often find me in some dingy bar, in the middle of a sweaty crowd, lost in the moment. When I find something wonderful I can’t help sharing it with others, so welcome to my new post series High Rotation where I will share some of my favourite artists, albums and tracks. Moving forward each article will be focus around a single subject, musical concept or genre but for today. Here are 5 albums that I wish you knew. 

Wakey Wakey – Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said The Last Time I Saw You…

I’ve been a fan of Wakey Wakey since their 2009 EP War Sweater, but I’ve listened to their 2010 album Almost Everything I Wish I’d Said The Last Time I Saw You… front to back, every single week since its release 2010. Packed with passionate ballads and indy anthems, each track on the album carries a distinct yet familiar sound. A heavy focus on piano and violin give a soaring, almost cinematic feel to the album.

For the One Tree Hill fans out there you may notice frontman Michael Grubbs. He played “Grubbs” in the series and many of Wakey Wakey’s original songs were featured in the show.

My favourite tracks: Almost Everything, Car Crash, Dance So Good, Light Outside.

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PUP – The Dream Is Over

Toronto’s Pup has quickly become my go-to band. Half punk, half folk rock – their blend of driving guitars, gang vocal harmonies and satirical lyricism create an experience like no other. After the release of their self-titled debut album than band toured hard resulting in lead singer Stefan Babcock severely damaging his vocal chords. When his doctor told him “The Dream Is Over” their 2016 sophomore album was born.

The diversity of their musicality and lyricism put The Dream Is Over on the short list or the coveted Polaris Music Prize. The Polaris Music Prize is awarded annually to the best full-length Canadian album based on artistic merit, regardless of genre, sales, or record label.

My favourite tracks: Seriously all of them, but if I have to pick. Can’t Win, Familiar Patterns, Pine Point, If This Tour Doesn’t Kill You I Will, DVP

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Frank Turner – Positive Songs For Negative People

English post-hardcore turned folk singer-songwriter legend Frank Turner is one of my all time favourites. I can honestly recommend his entire discography and it’s honest, raw, passionate wisdom. His 2015 album Positive Songs For Negative People is extremely important to me as I can honestly say it got me through the turmoil of the last year and looking forward to the next chapter.

I had the pleasure of meeting Frank at a show earlier this year and I made sure to thank him for his art. He pulled me close, gave me a big hug and said: “the storm has passed, better days will come.” I look forward to seeing Frank for the 5th time in February when he comes through with Canadain rockers The Arkells.

My favourite tracks: Get Better, The Next Storm, Mittens, Song For Josh

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The Lighthouse and The Whaler – This is an Adventure

In 2013 I fell in love with the album This is an Adventure from Cleveland’s The Lighthouse and The Whaler. It’s bright, high energy, melodic folk-rock that will have you singing along before the first track is complete. Venice is a track you can listen to a hundred times and discover something new every time.

My favourite tracks: Venice, Pioneers, Little Vessels, We’ve Got The Most

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Right Away, Great Captain! – The Church of the Good Thief

Right Away, Great Captin! is an acoustic side project by Manchester Orchestra’s lyricist and frontman Andy Hull. The Church of the Good Theif is the third and final release from his solo project the follows the journey of a 17th-century sailor. “The third story/album starts with our hero laying over Anna’s lover (and hero’s brother). The brother has been killed. His wife has seen what the children saw and we spend a lot of time inside our hero’s mind and the reality that he is indeed a murderer of his own flesh and blood.”

Put your headphones on, press play and escape into Andy’s masterful lyrics and passionate performance. If you love Manchester Orchestra style, incredible folk music, or angelic voices – this one if for you.

My favourite tracks:When I Met Death, I Am Aware, Blame, 

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What underrated albums do you wish more people knew? Do you have a topic suggestion for future articles? Let me know in the comments.