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Some brave songwriters set themselves the difficult task of completing a new song every month.
That’s just not enough for Toronto’s favourite overachieving indie-rock darlings Altered By Mom, who released one original song per week for all of 2020. That’s a total of 52 new songs, all available across digital platforms!
The resulting (and appropriately-titled) collection 52 SONGS (2021) demonstrates a knack for infectious melodies, classic songwriting, and a quirky sense of humour.
Highlights of the monolithic collection include collaborations with Terra Lightfoot, The Lowest of the Low, and Nigel Pulsford of Bush.
While the 52-song collection is stylistically diverse, fans of quirky bands like The Barenaked Ladies may especially enjoy the cheekier songs – “I’m Gonna Send A Smoked Salmon to Moncton” could easily be the next “If I Had A Million Dollars”. Hard rock fans should start with “Blind” and “Hey Ashley”. For feel-good Canadiana along the lines of Sloan and The Arkells, check out “Get Right” and “You Can Do What You Want With My Heart, Babe”.
Fans of emerging Canadian artists may recognize Kennedy and Lougheed from other acts like Hey Ocean!, Skye Wallace Band, and Monowhales. The duo have been releasing music together as Altered By Mom since 2016.