SKYE WALLACE RELEASES “SUFFERING FOR YOU” FROM HER SELF TITLED LP
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Toronto-based songstress Skye Wallace releases “Suffering For You” the second single from her upcoming self titled album due June 7. The grungy new track was inspired by her time spent in Dawson City and will be one of the many stories behind the songs shared in detail in a booklet accompanying the release.
Skye had this to say about her inspiration on the song: “Suffering For You was written during my time as the Dawson City Music Festival’s songwriter in residence in the Yukon. I was there for the month of January in a big (potentially haunted) heritage house by myself, with very few hours of daylight, and a wealth of history and inspiration to prompt me to write. The song was inspired by the story of a group of people who were separated from their expedition, trapped on an ice floe in the arctic for months.”
Skye’s diverse musical background and ‘contemporary’ songwriting influences may seem like a dichotomy, yet she is able to seamlessly blend both to create her own brand of music. In other words, Skye Wallace is what happens when a classically trained singer with East Coast roots discovers punk rock in their youth and writes music that makes you feel excited.
Wallace’s upcoming album embodies Canadiana. From living on BC’s west coast to spending time at residencies from Norris Point, Newfoundland to Dawson City, Yukon, the Toronto-based artist has been inspired by every corner of the country. She plans on touring extensively starting in the spring and participating in many festivals over the summer, more details to come.
But it’s not just geography that informs her sound – her lyrics are often based on Canadian history, sharing the struggles and stories of the past. But this doesn’t result in nostalgic sounding music – her songs may have roots in folk, but they branch out into so much more – sometimes moving, sometimes frenetic, sometimes straight-up unrestrained. With a voice that effortlessly floats between sultry purrs to powerful yelps, and a band that will take you from somber lows to raucous highs, Skye’s live show is a force to be reckoned with and a residency at Dakota in Toronto last Fall solidified that garnering much industry buzz.
Skye has been cited as one of Canada’s best female artists and aptly described as “Fire” by Noisey. Her last album, Something Wicked, was produced by beloved musician/songwriter Jim Bryson. It was named one of Vancouver Weekly’s Best Albums of 2016, CBC’s Top 8 Albums You Need To Hear This Month, and was dubbed by CBC’s Stephen Quinn, a “kick ass record”.
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