EP: When Lightning Strikes
Release Date: February 8, 2019
Genre: Alternative Pop
When Lightning Strikes is the debut EP from Ottawa’s Grace Lachance. The 18-year-old artist definitely picked a fitting name for this EP as it hits like a storm.
When Lighting Strikes uses a full arsenal for its soundscapes. Though primarily featuring Grace’s rich voice, it also uses layered vocal harmonies, electric guitar, synths, distorted audio recordings, guest rap interludes, and even the sound of a car driving away. This variety of sounds are a great compliment to the EP’s themes of relationships, power, rebellion and freedom.
What struck me most when hearing ‘When Lighting Strikes’ for the first time, though, was its intriguing rhythm. The rhythm of the tracks are fast-paced synth-pop, but Grace’s vocals move asynchronously through the underlying melody of the verses to bring the listener’s attention to the lyrics – then create a more satisfying harmony by rejoining the rhythm in the choruses. The result is you find yourself understanding Grace’s message while still moving your hips.
A standout track for me was ‘The Undone.’ The first track on the EP, this track, in particular, captured not only the power and rhythm I feel sets When Lightning Strikes apart but its themes as well.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.