Single Saturdays: Sab & Steph Take Me Back Home/Au Loin Là-Bas

Canadian duo Sab & Steph have a single entitled Take Me Back Home. There’s also a French version entitled Au loin de là-bas. Both songs tell the story of two sisters who wish to return home to reconnect with one’s origins.

The music is slow with upbeats parts to it, which is common in Country songs. When I hear this song, I feel like going on a road trip, especially on a lovely Summer day. The sound of the guitar in this song is soothing and relaxing.
Sab & Steph’s voices are soft and sweet. They sing in sync with each other. Their sounds compliment each other well.

The lyrics have a beautiful simplicity to them. Sab and Steph sing a detail description of their place of origin, giving it a personal feel. The words of both songs are structured and have a rhythmic flow to them.

Both singles are available. Enjoy!


Single Saturdays: Laurence St-Martin -Filles Des Îles

Canadian Singer Laurence St-Martin has this amazing single entitled Filles Des Îles (The Girls of the island). It tells the story of a girl who’s proud of her origins, even if she may live in the city.

The music has two types of beats: upbeat and slow. When Laurence St-Martin sings the verses, the sound is slower. When she performs the chorus, the beat is a bit faster. Christian Sbrocca composed this song with a smooth transition from the verses to the chorus, which a part of a quality composition. There’s a Summer feel to it, which has me thinking about the warm weather of that season.

Laurence St-Martin’s voice is cheerful and full of life. She sings with pride and joy about her village and the people whom she knew growing up. Her sound is unforgettable.

The lyrics have a sense of joy in them just like Laurence St-Martin’s voice. Her song has descriptive details to it. The words have a personal and genuine touch to them because she talks about her family and her village of origin. Richard Turcotte did an excellent job writing the lyrics of Filles Des Îles. He captured the sentiment of being proud of one’s identity.

The single Filles Des Îles is now available. Enjoy!

Julia Jacklin’s Second Studio Album Crushing

Australian singer Julia Jacklin has a new album out entitled Crushing. The overall theme is telling stories, getting to know oneself, as well as life and love.

The music is alternative mixed with Indie Pop. It is flowy and rhythmic with a structured composition. It even reminds of the music of the 1970s and early 80s. The sound of the guitar is soothing in this album. The slow and not too fast beat of the songs allows the listeners to focus on the lyrics.

Julia Jacklin’s voice is soft, mellow and sweet. She sounds laid-back and relaxed. Her style of singing reminds of the Mamas and Papas group – a 70s feel to her voice. She also has a sound that has me thinking of that of the late Cranberries lead singer- Dolores O’Riordan- specifically the song Pressure to Party.

The lyrics of the songs have the use of imagery, to allow the listeners to visualize her stories, like having access to Julia Jacklin’s world. The description of what she says is fantastic. The subject matter of life and love is relatable and timeless.

Single Saturdays: Gizelle De Guzman – We Don’t Love Like That Anymore

Canadian singer Gizelle De Guzman has a new single out entitled We Don’t Love Like That Anymore. It’s about a kind of love that seems to be challenged by modern society, especially in the world of social media. Gizelle de Guzman and Aaron Langier wrote, performed and recorded the tune.

The music is a combination of a slow and fast beat in the pop and country mix. The guitar has a lovely presence in the song. One can honestly feel the sadness in tune. Aaron Langier mixed the music for this song.

Gizelle De Guzman’s voice is beautiful and filled with emotion. It’s so pure and sweet with a great rhythm. She follows the beat perfectly.

The lyrics describe a which that is familiar to many, which is pure love. It explains how in this day and age, love has lost its meaning. The story describes the story of a girl whose love was genuine, but it appears that something happened to end a beautiful relationship. That seems hard to maintain in a time of instant gratification, which dominates the world- particularly on social media, one can feel lonely and unhappy.

Single Saturdays: Lili-Ann De Francesco – Au travers des ombres

Canadian singer Lili-Ann De Francesco has a single entitled Au Travers des Ombres (Across the shadows). It’s a love song about a girl who thinks about reuniting with her love but has reservations.

The music has a lovely smooth rhythm that is dream-like and romantic. John Nathaniel composed the song. There are stop-beats at times, then it switched to a natural flow. The combination of two is phenomenal, giving a nice touch to the composition.

Lili-Ann De Francesco, Mariane Cossette-Bacon, and John Nathaniel wrote “Au Travers des Ombres. The symbolism and metaphors give the song essence. The girl describes “being lost in thought”, which represents the chaos in her mind. Time is another symbol that demonstrates how it affects one’s life especially in the world of love. The shadows are a metaphor for obstacles that make it difficult to get back on track. The lyrics are well-written and structured in the following way AA BB. There’s movement in this song.

The song “Au Travers Des Ombres” is available. Enjoy!


Cassadee Pope- Stages A Fantastic Country Album!

American Country Singer Cassadee Pope has released a new album entitled Stages. The overall theme of the album is about life experiences and love.

The music is Country with a modern feel to it. Cassadee Pope plays the guitar beautifully in this album with a lovely melody. The rhythm of the songs varies in each one. The composition is sweet and romantic. The piano has a beautiful presence in this record, which is the case with the tune Gavi.

Cassadee Pope’s voice is strong, beautiful and unforgettable. She knows how to play with the register of her sound. Cassadee Pope’s singing captures the mood she feels depending on the subject of the song. Her voice reminds of Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill. It’s impressive!

The lyrics are intricate and well-written. There’s a use of metaphors and other poetic techniques to describe the emotion of love. An example is If the Heart Had a Heart is a personification. It’s a description of the emotions one feels when in love – as if the heart had a mind of its own. The rhyming is marvellous. The flow of the lyrics is natural in all of her songs.

The album Stages is now available. Enjoy!