- Lady Blackbird – Black Acid Soul
- Amythyst Kiah - Wary + Strange
- Patricia Barber – Clique
- Tedeshi Trucks Band, Trey Anastasio - Layla Revisited (Live at LOCKN')
- Quinn Sullivan – Wide Awake
- Allison Russell - Outside child
- Sachal Vasandani Featuring Romain Collin - Midnight Shelter
- John Smith - The Fray
- Søren Bebe Trio
- William Prince - Reliever
An album you'll hear at HiFi Shows, but up until now, hard to find in Canada. "Convergence" has just recently been made available for Canadian streaming on Tidal. The combination of Malia and Boris Blank is unique. Malia provides vocals that are reminiscent of a less raspy Molly Johnson and Boris Blank, who many will recognize from Yello, provides the electronic backbone of this album. Expect Malia's voice to be dead-center and Boris provides a huge sonic landscape as you would expect with sonorous bass suited to very full range systems.
Find it on Tidal here: https://tidal.com/browse/album/25029965
Do you speak Norwegian? Most likely not, but neither do we. However, don't let you stop you from listening to the Kari Bremnes album Det Vi Har. She's not well known in North America and previous experience with her music had only been her English album called Norwegian Mood. But, play Det Vi Har on a great system and there's so much to enjoy...even if you can't understand the language. The album is evenly balanced between her warm vocals and a large sonic landscape. Expect to hear her vocals tightly focused and the music presented with a wide soundstage with good depth as well. Start with the first track and you'll hear why she has a large following in her home country.
Listening on Tidal with the Bel Canto Black EX integrated doing the full MQA unfold to 24/96:
If you've attended audio shows in the past, you have probably heard the much overplayed track "No Sanctuary Here" from Chris Jones' stellar album "Roadhouses & Automobiles". The album highlighted here, "Moonstruck" was released three years prior, but for some reason haven't seen this until recently. Much like "Roadhouses & Automobiles", "Moonstruck" is one of those albums made for a high-end system. Play the first couple tracks and you'll wish all albums were produced this well. If you like this, definitely check out more albums from artists on the Stockfisch Records label. They have consistently incredible recordings.
Find "Moonstruck" on Tidal here:
A Netherlands-based duo consisting of a singer-songwriter and film soundtrack composer. The album contains not only the duo, but many tracks also include the Hungarian Studio Orchestra. So, at times you get a soundtrack feel, but with soothing vocals as well that is both enveloping and relaxing at the same time. The production is large scale and reminiscent of something familiar. When I found out they used Tim Bran, the producer behind London Grammar, it all made sense. The opening track will let you know how good of a job your system does at presenting a massive sound. Then, as another test, if you can't feel the incredibly deep bass from the immediate start of "Sinner Love", maybe a JL Audio sub should be in your future. ??
Find the album on TIDAL here: