Today, Hamilton-based songwriter Evangeline Gentle releases a new single, “So It Goes” from their upcoming self-titled LP (out internationally August 21, 2020 on Sonic Unyon Records). The track is accompanied by the release of a lyric video directed and edited by Rob Viscardis, who has teamed with Gentle on videos for "Sundays", "Ordinary People", "You and I" and "Black is the Colour".
"This a love song for my final teen years,” says Gentle of "So It Goes". “It's a memory of how “bold and burning” teen experiences of life are, and how easily songs can transport us back through time to those days."
In celebration of the album's international release, the artist has also announced a special online concert with full band backing, taking place Saturday September 5 at 6:00pm EDT. The show reunites Gentle with drummer Matt Greco, bassist Derek Bell, and guitarist Nick Ferrio for the first time in months.
The performance, the first show the band has played together since before pandemic lockdown, will feature the debut of new material. The concert, which will take place live at Hamilton, Ontario multi-arts venue Mills Hardware, will also be the first full concert the venue has hosted in almost half a year.
This special set, performed in front of a small and exclusive audience of friends and family, is being produced by Sonic Unyon in conjunction with Dan Mangan's Side Door Concerts. Tickets are now available via Side Door.
Gentle’s recent You and I, an a cappella double-single released May 22, 2020, was recorded live-to-tape and mixed by Luke Schindler at Toronto’s Revolution Recording in mid-March, a week before the world began going into lockdown. The single has served as a striking introduction to the artist in advance of the international release of their full-length album.
Gentle’s self-titled debut LP is rich, sweet, and lush with vibrato – only a few of the unmistakable qualities that constitute Gentle’s fervent timbre. Produced by Jim Bryson (Kathleen Edwards, Oh Susanna) and mastered by Grammy-nominated Philip Shaw Bova (Bahamas, Feist), their songwriting on the LP possesses an authenticity and depth as rare and unique as their own journey.
Gentle began writing their debut LP – recorded at Bryson’s Fixed Hinge studio together with percussionists Pascal Delaquis and Matthew Greco, and vocalist Carleigh Aikins – over the course of three years, collaborating with Bryson and slowly working on demos together.
“During the writing years I trudged my way through deep periods of self-doubt, often wondering if I should quit music entirely,” says Gentle. “I’ve been in love with music my whole life. Somewhere along the way, I internalized a lot of messaging about my queerness as being something that would hold me back, something that made me inherently less gifted and valuable as an artist, that I wasn’t enough for the industry… and my spirit got broken. Each song on this record is a landmark on the journey toward re-establishing this spirit.”
At only 23 years of age, Evangeline’s accolades are already accumulating at an impressive rate. Touted by CBC Music as one of “Seven exciting Canadian artists who broke out in 2019”, awarded Emerging Artist at the 2015 Peterborough Folk Fest, and Best Female Vocalist of the year at the 2015 Wire Awards, they have shared stages with artists such as Basia Bulat, Craig Cardiff, Matt Andersen, Terra Lightfoot, and Sam Weber.
PRAISE FOR EVANGELINE GENTLE
“Evangeline Gentle's self-titled album is a triumph” - Exclaim!
“Gentle's voice communicates an aching warmth that comes with knowing hardness and choosing softness instead… every time I listen to the record, I'm blown away anew by their songwriting and the space they're carving out across multiple genres — indie pop, alt-folk, singer-songwriter — in a way that feels effortless" - CBC Music
"Gentle's voice grabs you instantly with its purity and expressiveness" - FYI Music
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