Gena Perala – “Good Girl” – A Review

  • Received the following press release for a new single by Gena Perala.  A good tune, reminiscent of a more electronic Lana Del Rey.  And Canadian out of Vancouver.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Visual Single Release: Good Girl FEB 20th, by Vancouver based Singer Songwriter Gena Perala (pronounced Jenna).

Gena Perala releases a haunting new single Good Girl on the 20th of February. Reuniting with long-time producer Chris Gestrin, the two have a powerful connection, moving seamlessly through genres and sounds, creating dark melodies enhanced by Perala’s sultry vocals and intensely honest lyrics.

Good Girl opens with beautiful yet ominous “ooohs” and “ahhhs” setting the tone before getting straight to the point: “She’s too good for you and you know it’s true. I think it’s killing you, instead you’re killing her, murderer, murderer, murderer.”

With a voice that is both warm and chilling, Perala creates a style all her own – soft yet strong. “The song is about an abusive relationship and ultimately how every day my friend stayed in this relationship, it was killing her,” Perala explains. “But it’s important to understand how complicated and wrapped up in our past these situations are, so the song is also about the enabling that went on with the abuse and then my own helplessness and anger around men fucking with women, especially when those women are my best friends.”

The visual single premier is an eerie depiction of the artist floating in water surrounded by darkness and at times drowning. Dancers writhing underneath fabric represent the relationship eliciting visuals as unnerving as they are interesting. “Sometimes we know something isn’t good for us and we know we need to get away but we just can’t. Like there’s a force outside ourselves, the fabric drawing us together or the water drowning us and no matter how hard we try, we just can’t get out, Perala says, shedding light on some of the unsettling yet stunning imagery in the video.

Good Girl is the first of a string of releases Perala plans for 2018. It is bit of a departure from her last album (Exactly Nowhere, 2014): Perala trades in her piano for a synthesizer and her drummer for a drum machine. Good Girl is a minimal down-tempo electronic synth song that flirts with pop elements.

Perala’s upcoming releases will feature more of this electronic sound: “Going into the studio I had very specific ideas of what I wanted and co-produced the songs with Chris Gestrin. I love working with Chris anyway but he was the perfect person for this project since his studio is literally packed with synths and drum machines, a lot of them from the 80’s, he loves that stuff so a great fit for the poppy sounds I was going for. He’s also just really good at making my ideas a reality.” Good Girl leans more towards avant-garde pop but then again, Gena Perala is pretty avant-garde herself.

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The 7:40 Songbook – March 12, 2015

A great morning, beautiful sunrise, more Chinook clouds and reasonably warm.  A great day in Calgary.  Looking forward to a great long weekend, off tomorrow, making Friday the 13th a lucky day for me.  Having said that, I doubt here will be a songbook tomorrow, closed due to sleep.

Today’s tune is called “Emily” by San Fermin.  San Fermin is a pop band from Brooklyn, NY.  The cut i from their soon to be released album “Jackrabbit”.  They have been termed as baroque, but I prefer electronics spiced with some opera.  They get the most out of their 8 piece group, giving rich, layered composition with soothing vocals.

Music From The Mailbag – Boolfight

Boolfight

 

Boolfight is an electro-pop band that hails from Paris, France.  This is a dusty one from the mailbag as they dropped me a line in December 2012, ouch and bad on me.  The group has released 2 albums, most recently “Feral” in 2012.  The song I am featuring is off this record and is “Deluxe”.  The tune is a light pop style, hearkening back to my 80’s roots in music.  Good tune and an interesting video, which I enjoyed.  The vocals are clear and concise, again with a strong 80’s style.  If you want to hear more, or delve a bit deeper into the band, hit the links below the video.

 

Boolfight on Twitter

Boolfight on iTunes

 

Music From The Mailbag – Bordeen

Today’s mailbag features a Canadian indie pop punk band, Bordeen.  The group is from Newmarket, Ontario and consists of 2 bothers and a sister, Ryan, Daniel and Brianna Bordhin.  Very pleasant sound, very much like a lot of music dominating Canadian airwaves.  Take some Lumineers, toss in a dash of Walk Off The Earth, and toss in some Hey Rosetta and you have the sound pretty much down pat.  The tune is titled “Broken Bones” and is off their February 2013 EP, “Bordeen”. If you like what you hear, hit the links provided.

Bordeen on CBC

Bordeen on WordPress

Bordeen on iTunes

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Random Songs From My Phone – Gabriella Cilmi – Save The Lies

Gabriella Cilmi

Gabriella Cilmi

Australian singer writer Gabriella Cilmi‘s song”Save The Lies” is the result of my random shuffle today.  The song is off her 2008 album “Lessons To Be Learned“.  She has a very interesting voice, very Amy Winehouse in nature.  Lori was the original discoverer of the artist this time.  Heard her in a hair salon of all places and she fell in love with the voice.

 

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