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.


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.


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.

Song Of The Day – Guster – “Do You Love Me”

Guster 4

Guster 4 (Photo credit: OpenEye)

2010 was a great year for Guster.  They released their “Easy Wonderful” album which contained this song “Do You Love Me” among others.  A light pop song, very catchy and feel good, the band captures a touch of quirkiness which comes through very clearly in the video.  The song is full of hooks, and comes across as a genuinely well constructed power pop song.  I hope you enjoy.

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Song Of The Day – No Good Woman by Elise LeGrow

I believe that if CBC2 did not exist, I would not have a blog.  This number is from Canadian songwriter, Toronto based Elise LeGrow.  The song, No Good Woman. reached number 6 on Nielsen’s Canadian Adult Contemporary chart in April 2012.  Not a new song, but new to me.  Her first album was released in December of 2012, and it includes this tune as well as songs written by Ron Sexsmith and Jon Levine.  A bit of a push??

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Song Of The Day – Caro Emerald – “Back It Up”

English: Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald at Zoe...

English: Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald at Zoetermeer Stadhuisplein, Netherlands. September 19th, year 2008, time 14:20:55 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Kind of a fun song from the “Michael Jackson of The Netherlands”.  Her most recent disc broke Micheal’s long standing record for biggest selling album (Thriller) in Holland.

Back It Up