Meredith Louise – Five Questions With

Meredith Louise

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Meredith Louise teases debut EP with introspective soul track “Mind Frame”

Meredith Louise is a singer, songwriter, musician, and music therapist currently residing on the unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh (also known as Vancouver). Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Meredith combines infectious grooves with words that make you think, creating a sonic tapestry of jazz, neo-soul, R&B, and folk.

Now the neo-soul songstress is ready to unveil her sophomore single, “Mind Frame.” Produced by Josh Eastman (Helm Studios) and mixed and mastered by Sam Brawner (Moonchild, Mac Ayres, Raquel Rodriguez),” Mind Frame” is a sonic blend of jazz, R&B, and pop, creating a distinctive sound that compliments its empowering message of self-determination.

In her own words about the track, Meredith Louise shared,

“‘Mind Frame’ serves as a reminder that we can change our perspective at any time. In this world of noise, uncertainty and chaos, it’s easy to feel pushed off course into anxiety and fear. But if we go within, the pathways to freedom, connection and joy can be found.”

The new single follows on from her debut track “No More Hiding,” which, alongside “Mind Frame,” will feature on Meredith Louise’s upcoming EP. The EP, also titled Mind Frame, will showcase Meredith’s trademark sound, her strong vocals, and colourful lyrics that create rich imagery, taking the listener on a journey into the human condition. Intrigued by stories and the common threads that weave us together, she writes songs inspired by people, places, and landscapes and how we can find our way back to our truth.

Listen to “Mind Frame” below and learn more about Meredith Louise via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

My name is Meredith Louise, I am an Australian-born singer, songwriter, musician, and music therapist currently living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (also known as Vancouver, British Columbia). I moved here six months ago from Melbourne to be closer to forests, rivers, and mountains – it’s an incredibly inspiring place to be!

I would describe my sound as a melting pot of jazz, neo-soul, R&B, disco, funk, and folk. My music crosses different genres, so it’s hard to pin down!

Tell us a bit about your most recent release.

My new song, “Mind Frame,” is a reminder to myself that we can change our perspective at any time. In this world if noise, uncertainty, and chaos, it’s easy to feel pushed off course into anxiety and fear. But if we go within, the pathways to freedom, connection, community, and joy can be found. When I was writing it, I had this imagery of being inside a main frame of a computer and that we can “hack” our own main frame to expand our consciousness and alter the way we process and experience the world and our feelings. There’s more within than we can see if we allow ourselves to tap into the truth of what we know. I really wanted to have that imagery of the computer play out sonically, and had the great pleasure of working with producer Josh Eastman from Helm Studios, who was able to really expand on this idea and bring it to life within the production. You can hear a little bit of Hiatus Kaiyote inspiration on this track in the chord progressions and feel.

Where do you tend to pull inspiration from when writing?

A lot of what inspires me are the conversations I am having with others, whether that be with friends or strangers. Or sometimes I’m inspired by articles or books I’m reading, and shows I watch. I tend to be most inspired by specific words or phrases, or concepts. These can often trigger something within me and reach to the heart of how I connect with that idea – that then becomes the wellspring for lyric writing. I find that when I am most creative and inspired, it’s when I am engaged with a lot of art and in the present moment. Walking around my neighbourhood of East Vancouver or out in nature tends to get the melodic ideas flowing.

I really try and use music as a vehicle to talk about deeper issues or things I care about or about mental health. Songs with words that make you think. Often the songs are about how we connect with each other or the things that are purposefully trying to hinder the ways we connect.

Do you have any upcoming shows you’d like to tell us about?

I am releasing my debut EP Mind Frame at the end of March and have a launch show for it coming up in the next few months that I’m really excited about. That’s going to be a big one! I’m also in the middle of applying for festivals and organizing other little shows around town.

What’s your goal for 2023?

I am always writing or thinking about new ideas, and have started writing toward an album project. I thrive on collaboration and keen for some co-writes with folks around Vancouver and beyond.

I also have plans to record a single for release later this year and want to continue playing shows and singing with others. Playing music for folks and having them connect with my music is a joy and is the reason I keep going. I have had people come up to me after gigs and tell me how much my songs have resonated with them – that’s the heart of everything right there.

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