Mel Keith and The Strombachs – S/T (Merlesong / Fontana North / Universal Music Canada)

It’s been a long road to get to this point but Moncton musician Mel Keith has finally released the follow-up to her last record, 2004’s Imitating Hercules. On this fantastic new record, Keith’s songs walk a line somewhere between Sheryl Crow-inspired pop on Is Anyone Here and Don’t Walk Away to more deliberate, poignant moments like You’re Not Here and You Shine.


With only seven songs (plus a fun remix of Don’t Walk Away) and running only 30 minutes in length, Keith has assembled a strong disc of material. These songs help make the five year span between efforts to be more than worth the wait while also showing why she is one of the Maritimes’ most essential talents.