In anticipation of the vinyl release of their self-titled full-length album, Evangeline Gentle has releasedlast week “You And I”, on Sonic Unyon Records, a unique EP that serves as an introduction to the emotional warmth and dynamic power of this emerging singer-songwriter, as well as a mirror held up to humanity’s unique historical moment. You can stream/purchase the EP here.
“You And I” is the preludial a cappella opening song of my live show, and its message seeks to unite audiences with a sense of ‘sameness’. I believe that our deepest connections are found through vulnerability which is why I feel compelled to sing this track completely unaccompanied.
“Black is the Colour” is “a traditional Scottish folk song that I first heard as a child growing up on the North East Coast of Scotland. Despite moving to Canada at age 11, my love for Celtic folk music persists and performing this song feels like sharing another bit of who I am.
These a cappella tracks were recorded and mixed by Luke Schindler at Toronto’s Revolution Recording, and the companion videos, in striking black and white, were directed by Rob Viscardis. Live-to-tape performances, they pulse with intimacy and immediacy. In a twist of the kind of fate alluded to in the title track, the session took place in mid-March, a week before the world began going into lockdown.
There’s an inevitable poignancy to vocal-only songs whose lyrics deal with the power of human connection. Perhaps more so now in a time when our shared experience of life is one of being physically separated from each other, and aching to close those distances.
Hi there! My name is Marie, I am French born and raised, now living in Montreal. I work in Marketing by day, and I’m an avid concert-goer by night. I have always had a passion for photography, and realized that this mixes quite well with my love for live music (the absolute best way to experience music, if you ask me).
You can check out some of my work on my website or on Instagram!