Last summer I had the privilege of working with producer/engineer/musician Joshua Van Tassel at Dream Date Studio in Toronto, ON. The result is a new collection of songs brought to life by Van Tassel, with help from guests The Weather Station (Tamara Lindeman), Drew Jurecka, AE Bridger, and members of Great Lake Swimmers. The album draws from feelings of detachment and loneliness, contemplation and acceptance. It’s a long arm to the past for myself, and turned into a very cathartic experience. The album is a collection of fragments and songs. Little pieces stitched in with longer thoughts to form the final body of work. It’s more of an EP in length (27 minutes), but feels complete to me. Spending too much time in the past is enough to make anyone slowly unravel. This order and length made the most sense to me personally. And it is a personal record, so why not?
The album is available at Fred’s Records in St. John’s, NL (www.fredsrecords.com). It’s also available on…
February brings the RPM challenge along every year. It’s always an exciting time with folks hidden away, working through ideas, and banding together for help, creating weird audible joys. Lately, I’ve been working on final mixes for a sophomore release, and running over new recordings from McGill University in Montreal. I had no intension to record an RPM album this year. However, we were moving out of our beloved house at the time, and the spirit struck me. Our old place on Military Road was spacious, with lots of light, and dripping with beautiful and challenging artwork at every turn. I decided to put the creative energy of the home to good use one last time. This album was written and recorded from the top floor, perched in the window, on my last night in the house. Single takes, imperfections included, of these reflective cowboy songs. Certainly one for the night owls.
I’m spending the month of January as songwriter in residence with the Dawson City Music Festival. This quiet little gold rush town is currently under a blanket of white, and still as can be. Long tails of smoke slipping from every chimney into the calm that surrounds. Beautiful and mysterious, much like home (NL). A great time for meditation and future planning. I’m in the ever-haunted Macaulay house, working on new music to be recorded in February at McGill University in Montreal. I’ve also been branching outside of songwriting, working on other written pieces which will hopefully come to light this year or the next.
I’ll be guest hosting a show on Dawson’s own CFYT this Wednesday, January 18th at 6pm (10:30pm NL time). I’ll be playing some music that’s caught my attention lately, with a brief segment on NL music as well. You can tune in online here… http://cfyt.ca/listen-live
Also! New shows coming up. Starting with a show on February 1st here in Dawson City at the KIAC Ballroom. I’ll also be playing at one of my favourite spots in Montreal Le Cagibi on Wednesday, February 8th. Keep your eyes peeled to the “Shows” section for more details soon.
I hope you’ve been settling into winter wherever you may be.
We’re excited to be playing our final show of 2016 at the George Street United Church on Thursday, December 22nd for a Lawnya Vawnya Christmas! Also featuring the amazing Wunderstrands, and Kat McLevey! Tickets are at Fred’s Records and O’Brien’s Music in St. John’s! Doors are at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Really excited for this one!! Come support LV and your buds!