Folk-rock singer ERIKA LAMON advances for “Catch the Light”
Love stories, personal epiphanies, floods of memories, messy situations… Each life story can become a source of inspiration for a song, and Canadian folk-rock artist Erika Lamon distills such moments in her next album, and her new single “Catch the Light” – available now.
Confronting the World with the Pandemic Halting has given Lamon and his co-writer, producer and husband, Max Nolet, the desire to set creativity in motion and record an album. The result is the FACTOR-funded, Kingston-based singer-songwriter’s debut full-length album, Hues, due to arrive on May 27, 2022.
Fittingly, the recording process for the album began in 2020 with Lamon sitting in the middle of her home studio with “lyrics from the last few years scattered all over me on the floor,” she recalls.
“I asked myself, ‘What songs do I really love? To reduce it to fifteen songs was difficult.
Then, as inspiration hit, Lamon and Nolet wrote new songs, cutting that initial roster even further.
“But throughout the process, we let excitement be our compass for the album,” says Lamon. “By the end of winter, we had reduced it to a single pile, and ‘Catch the Light’ was at the top.”
Even though “Catch the Light” was written in 2015 prior to the release of Lamon’s eponymous debut EP, Lamon knew the song’s time had now come to be recorded and released.
“I remember sitting down with a guitar at the kitchen counter in my in-laws and playing it for the first time for Max, my current husband and producer, and it was all there.”
The sequel where the excitement led also influenced the recording of “Catch the Light”, she continues. “A lot of things came up at the last minute in the song as people got creative: the bass swells, the backing vocals…. Even the guitar solo was not part of the initial plan.
“That’s the beauty of art: these unscripted moments make a recording what it is. “
The writing and recording of Hues and the release of “Catch the Light” marks Lamon’s re-emergence after two years of performing and touring from Toronto to Charlottetown following the 2017 release of his debut EP. In 2020, the highly anticipated single and video “Omen” caught FACTOR’s attention and earned Lamon financial support for the recording of his debut album and the release of “Catch the Light” this year.
“Music, for me, is connecting to ourselves and to the world around us through history,” explains Lamon. “And when we did the ‘Catch the Light’ demo, all I could think of was this is the start of this story.”
“Catch the Light” is available now. Hues is available on May 27, 2022.
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