Tag Archives: Pop Music

Artist Of Instagram – Allanah Jeffreys

Out of Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada, Allanah is an up and coming singer songwriter with a sense for combining rock and pop. Enjoyable tune, recommend you check her out at the links below. The YouTube is her newest release, June 2020.

To find out more about Allanah, hit the links

Instagram

Twitter

YouTube

Website

Remembering Andre Gagnon

This Friday’s tribute is to Andre Gagnon, a Canadian composer, conductor, arranger, and actor. Born August 2, 1936, he passed on December 3, 2020. Between 1964 and 2011, he released 41 albums and multiple singles. In 1978 and 1995, he was awarded Juno awards (Canada’s Grammy) as Instrumental Artist Of The Year. Not only prolific, he was also very good. He was especially good at fusing pop and classical music with often great results.

The cut I have chosen is titled “Wow” and is taken from his album “Neiges”, released in 1975.

Wow

Caia Brun – Glad You Met Me

Going through my mailbox, I found this one to be next in line. Caia Brun is a pop and R&B singer who released her debut EP of the same name in 2019 (yes, I’m that far behind). Interesting voice, nicely arranged. Check it out and give her a visit at any of the links below the song.

Glad You Met Me

Soundcloud

Spotify

Instagram

YouTube

Twitter

Slow Down by Margot

Somehow I’ve been hooked into a promo group who are flooding me with emails about a wide variety of artists. The material provided as a bio and intro is pasted here for you to peruse. Prior to that, give it a listen. I’m not a huge fan of this type of music, not to say I dislike it, just not my main taste. Margot has good instincts and a good voice. You can definitely feel her love for her craft. All in all, I enjoyed it.

London-based singer-songwriter Margot releases her debut EP, Make It Last on the 9th of October via Pink Bikini Records. The EP, premiered via VENTS Magazine, is produced by Frank Slimm (Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Maevis, Slowlines) and features Andy Bunting on bass as well as Jamie Chalmers on guitar. Margot has been featured by noteworthy publications such as Clash Magazine Spinnup, Essentially Pop, LeFutureWave and Girls Are Awesome. The songstress has spent the last few years writing and producing her first singles, playing her first shows and refining her craft both in the studio and on the stage. 

Originally from Paris, France, lived in Berlin, Germany and now based in London, UK, Margot has been trained to play both the violin and the piano. When she was younger, the songstress was exposed to a wide variety of music from classical opera to Rage Against The Machine, however when seeking inspiration for her own work Margot turns to the likes of Erykah Badu, H.E.R., Raveena, Ari Lennox, Frank Ocean and Rihanna. With these vast influences, her own sound draws closer parallels to Dua Lipa, MØ, Alina Baraz and Little Dragon.

Make It Last takes a playful approach to music production as Margot embraces a light and fun attitude in the first two tracks and takes a slower, more distinctive approach in the latter two. Sometimes sultry, other times purely evocative, the songstress has managed to find numerous ways to display her wide range of vocals. The occasional sprinkling of French lyrics only further proves the depth of her talent.  

Margot reveals a bit on the origins of the EP: “I was chatting to my producer and going over some of the material we had written and I realised that we had more than enough to do an EP and it just felt like the right time to put my name on something bigger than just a single. My good friend Andy Bunting played bass on three of the tracks, and our mutual friend Jamie Chalmers put guitar on the closing track as well. We recorded most of the tracks over lockdown so we had to do it all over email and sending guitar takes and vocal takes backwards and forwards, but it came out perfectly, and it was definitely a unique creative experience!”

Make It Last EP Tracklist

1. Make It Last

2. Slow Down

3. U In Mind

4. Dance For You

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.