La Pressure – October (Magic formula Town): Highly-regarded Montreal singer/songwriter Ariel Engle (aka La Power) releases a new album, XO Skeleton, on Sept. 29, with the second advance one and video clip, October, now out.
In a label push release, Engle describes the song this way: “Oct is a time of harvest below [in Montreal]. It’s a time when we settle into darkness and leaves drop from the trees. It’s a time when we turn inward into our garments and protecting shells. It’s a song about the voices we internalize. People today we can no more time see but whose voices and phrases are living on within us and shape us. It’s a track about the uncanny. A track about the cycles of nature, the cycle of everyday living. The tune reminds us that in spite of our grand emotions, we are just like animals and crops, destined to be born, to dwell and to die.”
The mellow and sparse lower showcases Engle’s very clear and haunting voice and her imaginative lyrics (sample: “Memories folded like laundry, In dreams the lifeless and living are the similar, Equal on the imaginary airplane”). Reference points prompt by the keep track of would involve Feist and The Climate Station, nevertheless her body of function illuminates Engle as a strikingly original artist.
XO Skeleton was coproduced by La Drive and Warren Spicer (Plants and Animals). “The topic of the album unveiled alone in the creating,” she explains, recalling how the title monitor is rooted in a phone contact with her life insurance coverage broker—one everyday banality on the periphery of death. “At a single stage, she stated, ‘God forbid you must die.’ I was gobsmacked. ‘Well, there’s one issue certain: no god or goddess is going to keep me alive.’”
Engle previously created a splash along with personal and musical husband or wife Andrew Whiteman (Apostle of Hustle, Damaged Social Scene) in the band AroarA, which produced the EP In the Pines in 2013, a longlisted nominee for the 2014 Polaris Audio Prize.
Engle also appeared on Damaged Social Scene’s 2017 album Hug of Thunder. The adhering to 12 months, she released La Drive, garnering a Polaris Music Prize long-listing nomination and drawing awareness from significant publications, as effectively as The National’s Aaron Dessner, who recruited Engle to appear on the new Large Crimson Equipment LP along with Bon Iver, Taylor Swift, Fleet Foxes and Sharon Van Etten. Engle also contributed to the the latest album of Patrick Watson, who employed their collaboration as the guide one on 2022’s Far better In The Shade.
La Force supports Patrick Watson on European dates in the fall and then in the US and Canada, Oct. by means of Dec. Check her itinerary listed here. Engle is a drive to be reckoned with
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