Posted: March 1, 2019 in CLASSIC ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Known both as a songwriter in her own right, as well as a very talented drummer who’s played with the likes of Tim Darcy and Molly Burch, Toronto’s Charlotte Cornfield caught the ear of many with her 2016 release, Future Snowbird. Some three years later, Charlotte is back with a new album, “The Shape Of Your Name”, due in April. The record was the result of a residency at The Banff Centre, as Charlotte explains, “my initial intention wasn’t to make a record at all”, yet with a batch of songs as good anything in her career to date, let’s be very glad a record was made.

This week Charlotte has shared the latest single from the record, “Storm Clouds”, one of the first songs recorded during the Banff sessions. Featuring backing vocals from Kevin Drew, alongside contributions from a number of other Broken Social Scene Members, the track reverberates around the central repeated mantra, ‘storm clouds, elation, desire, mania, darkness’, described by Charlotte as a personal meditation, it’s a phrase she’s carried with her without ever quite knowing what to do with. Musically, the track has a loosely folky feel, the Lucy Dacus-like guitar line paired with a warm melody that has a touch of Natalie Prass or the aforementioned Kevin Morby. An album recorded over a three year period and numerous sessions,

The album has a more honed studio sound than Cornfield’s scrappier 2016 release Future Snowbird, and for good reason: it was recorded in 5 different sessions over the course of 3 years. The songs are Cornfield’s strongest and most striking to date – contemplative and contemporary, funny and heart-wrenching – and they’ve got that stuck-in-your-head-for-days quality that Cornfield is known for.

The Shape Of Your Name is many ways a tribute to taking your time; on this sparkling evidence, it’s time well spent.

Band Members
Charlotte Cornfield,
Sam Gleason,
Steven Foster,
Ben Harney,

The Shape Of Your Name is out April 5th via Next Door Records.

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