Many Canadian artists and bands have rose to stardom in recent years. The province of Ontario has birthed dozens of musical stars in multiple genres. Predominantly in Hip-Hop and R&B with the likes of Drake and The Weeknd dominating the charts for several years. Plus, Daniel Caesar, and Jessie Reyez becoming bigger stars this past year. Most recently though, other artists and bands that create music in other genres like Pop, Alternative, and Rock have been blowing up. Including the The Arkells, Shawn Mendes, and Loud Luxury to name a few. This trend will definitely continue and there is one up-and-coming indie pop band in particular that I first heard about during the 2019 Juno Awards. I think they have potential to be the next big thing out of Canada. Their name is Dizzy.
Meet Dizzy. They are an indie pop/alternative band from Oshawa, Ontario Canada. Their debut album titled “Baby Teeth” won a Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year at the 2019 Juno Awards. They were also nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year too.
The band consists of four members. The vocalist Katie Munshaw and three instrumentalists; Alex, Mackenzie and Charlie Spencer. They dropped their debut project Baby Teeth in August of 2018, which was followed by a tour across Canada, the United States and Europe. The three songs off the album that were released as singles are “Swim”, “Backstroke”, and “Pretty Thing”. All of which, I recommend you should give a listen. You’ll definitely like one, if not all three. Dizzy’s music is soft and melodic with lyrics that get stuck in your head easily. They have been consistent with the content they’ve put out in the past 2 years. With only one album out, Dizzy was nominated for Breakthrough Group of the Year and won Alternative Album of the Year at the Junos. They have managed to release a good amount of music videos and singles to continuously move upward without putting out too much. Something that many new artists have a hard time doing. Their consistency in good music, visuals, and overall content is what got them the success they are having now and is what is going to make them stars in the future if they stay on this track. Maybe this time next year, “Dizzy” will be a well-known band and not just the feeling you get when you bump your head.
A shot from the Pretty Thing music video.
One song that I like the most by Dizzy is “Pretty Thing”. The piano in that song is smooth and the hook is so melodic and very catchy. I’m a big fan of music videos. I think a music video can dramatically enhance or ruin the effect a song has on a listener. The video for this song is great! You can tell the budget wasn’t exactly massive for the visuals, but it still gets the job done. The video is hypnotizing with long one-take shots filled with trippy effects and bright colours. After seeing this video, I checked out their other ones and loved them all. Each video was unique, properly planned, and shot well. Plus, they added to the effectiveness of the songs. If you haven’t heard of this band before, I recommend checking out this song/video first!
Cover art for “Twist” by Dizzy.
Dizzy’s latest release is a new music video for their single “Twist”, which dropped last month. This video is also a one-take video like the “Pretty Thing” music video but this one is more immersive and had a much bigger budget for sure. The song has deep lyrics and lots of emotion. You can tell that this band makes sure more than just their music is on point. Their videos, cover art, and even website is all well thought out and share the same aesthetic and vibe. The Juno nominations and large amounts of views on their videos aren’t just by chance and those things were earned. In the year 2019, where many new music artists achieve success and are known recognized because of everything else but their music (drama, antics, trolling), Dizzy stands out as their art speaks for itself and they don’t need the extra antics in order to be noticed and appreciated.
You can learn more about Dizzy on their website here.
By: Collin Skanes