Halifax, NS-based songwriter, Burry has teamed up with us at Canadian Beats to give our readers a first listen to the brand new EP, Yellow Paint.
“As a queer person, I had to come out to my friends and family, after pretending to be someone that I wasn’t for years,” said Burry (she/they). “After ‘coming out,’ there’s this weight lifted from your shoulders, and you’re given a special opportunity to rediscover yourself. The songs on Yellow Paint are a collection of stories and events from after my ‘coming out’ that have helped me become who I am today.”
Rediscovery is not always an easy or happy task, and that’s reflected on the EP’s title track. “Yellow Paint” references the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh and his desire to eat yellow paint, which he thought was a happy colour and thus might make him happy on the inside.
“The struggles that come with being a queer person in the music industry, or a member of a marginilized community, and having your dreams doubted by the people around you are the experiences that inspired me to write this song,” Burry said. “Van Gogh worked hard to be a successful artist while fighting mental illness, addiction, and the doubts of the people around him. It wasn’t until long after he died that his artwork was appreciated by others, and in a way I think that is beautifully sad and relatable for a lot of artists and musicians,” they said.
Check out the EP below, and stay up to date with Burry via their socials!
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