Rich Aucoin – We’re All Dying To Live (Sonic / Warner Music Canada)

While Halifax musician Rich Aucoin has been steadily building his reputation of having a live show that is second to none, his newest studio effort shows a myriad of influences that is truly infectious to listen to. Mining the catalogues of everyone from The Beach Boys to Phoenix, Aucoin offers listeners an incredibly fresh perspective on pop music, creating unforgettable melodies in the process. From the gang vocals featured on Brian Wilson Is Alive to the minimalist first half of the track All You Cannot Live Without, Aucoin creates a huge sound without ever sounding over indulgent, ultimately making for one of the best records to come from Atlantic Canada this year.