Monday, July 04, 2011

newmusicmonday #100:: Louise Burns

Louise Burns from her Lillix days,

Genre indie pop
Members Louise Burns    
Base Vancouver
Label Light Organ Records; Recent Release:: 5 April 'Mellow Drama' [CD], iTunes Canada
Tour DatesJul 05 The Fez Saskatoon
Jul 07 The Club Regina
Jul 08 The Rock Bar Winnipeg
Jul 15       The Waldorf  Vancouver


The Polaris always vexed me, as I never understood the logic of giving established bands cash prizes. I'm not sure how much of a shot Louise has, but she's on the long list and I'm hoping she at least makes the short list due out on 6 July. Louise was the bassist in the ill-fated teen pop group Lillix, which was fodder for the music industry machinery after being signed by Madonna's Maverick Records. The Globe & Mail provides a history lesson of Louise's earlier days, but listening to her recent material {she has a recent release 'Mellow Drama'} it's clear that her pop sensibilities, retro 50s-60s leanings, and time spent in the Vancouver rock and punk scene are gelling. The songs from 'Mellow Drama' {streamed on Soundcloud & avail for purchase on link above} are based on the Maverick days and her CBC Radio 3 bio explained what that experience did to her::
“Basically we were trained to write for radio, and it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it can really fuck with your ideals and what you think is good and what you think you should be writing. That tremendous pressure just ruins it for you. I hated music for so long after that, and I hated the idea of writing. But at the same time I’m really grateful for the perseverance that I developed. Now I have a really high standard, before I even show anybody a song. I am grateful for that part of it.” 
There a hint of darkness in the vein of Mazzy Star {as opposed to Fiona Apple dark, which has more of a quirky factor}, but her music remains accessible in the best of ways. Her cover of Cohen's "Gypsy's Wife" is a good example of this::

 11 Gypsy's Wife by Louise Burns

She has a knack for interesting arrangements and her often sultry vocals are a draw and she doesn't fall prey to overproduction. "Ocean Grey" is a slower track that draws the listener in with catchy hooks::

 12 Ocean Grey by Louise Burns

I'll leave you with the single "What Do You Want to Do?" that's a catchy homage to pop eras gone by::

 04 What Do You Wanna Do by Louise Burns

Twitterversion:: [blog] #newmusicmonday {Nº 100} feat. folksy/bluesy indie pop of Louise Burns ex of Lillix @Prof_K

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