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Charlotte Day Wilson - ALPHA

Ontario: Top 10 of 2021

by Daniel McIntosh

Charlotte Day Wilson’s euphoric blend of jazz, R&B, and soul has been a comforting sound rising from the Toronto music scene for several years. Riding off the momentum of a few modest singles, CDW’s ALPHA brought exactly the kind of energy that we needed in 2021. A rare and tender talent standing tall in a sea of R&B crooners and hip-hop emcees, Charlotte Day Wilson moves us through a mountain range of emotions only to come out on the other side reminding us that everything is going to be okay.

Bo Burnham’s transcendent comedy special isn’t the only great piece of COVID-adjacent art titled Inside released this year. The indie-rock quintet’s latest opens and closes with the sounds of the 7pm clanging pots and pans that once heralded the essential workers, and many of the tracks find them grappling with introspective thoughts while trapped in a room – being stuck inside one’s own head being an even worse fate than the physical boundaries.