By: Staff –
Acclaimed Toronto-based artist Lily Frost is back with her new single “Changes In The Air”, which can be streamed exclusively via Aesthetic Magazine below.
On her new album, Decompression (out in September), she makes her first foray into Americana, assisted by producer/multi-instrumentalist Aaron Goldstein (Daniel Romano, Le Ren, Lee Harvey Osmond).
The first single, “Changes In The Air,“ is a great example of the record’s overall sound, a blend of rough-edged Crazy Horse-style rock with haunting, ’70s Laurel Canyon harmonies.
With nine original solo albums and three EPs to her credit, Frost is a beloved figure within the Canadian music scene. Over the course of those records, she has explored topics ranging from introspection and our connection to nature, to spirituality and psychology, all draped in poetic metaphor in genres including indie folk, pop, swing, western—all with a touch of sass. This, along with her sweet but dynamic voice and stage presence, has led to her loyal following, critical acclaim and songs being featured in high profile television shows such as Gray’s Anatomy and Workin’ Moms, as well as the 2001 Disney movie Crazy/Beautiful. In 2009, Frost earned a Gemini Award nomination as co-writer of the theme for CBC’s Being Erica.
But, like many of us, the fallout from the pandemic left Frost seriously questioning her future as a creative entity. Was there any point in carrying on if there were no opportunities to play shows? Was this the time to throw in the towel and move in a different direction?
As Frost searched for answers, loyal fans, promoters and her neighbour, producer Aaron Goldstein (Daniel Romano, Le Ren, Lee Harvey Osmond) convinced her she was a “lifer” and that there was so much music she still needed to share. Aarons’s drive convinced Frost to gather all the best songs from her overflowing arsenal and they set to work bringing together her raw and real piano-based material. The results are contained on Decompression, a Lily Frost album unlike anything else in her catalogue.
Most strikingly, the songs take Frost fully into the Americana realm for the first time, encompassing folk, soul, blues, and country. With her piano and Goldstein’s renowned pedal steel and guitar skills providing the musical foundation, Decompression displays Frost’s songwriting in its most direct and purest form, as clearly heard on the rough-edged and lushly harmonised first single, “Changes In The Air.”
Recorded at Goldstein’s East Toronto studio, the band was filled out by some of the country’s most respected session players, including drummers Dani Nash and Nick McKinley, along with bassists Anna Ruddick and Darcy Yates. Mixing was handled by Marty Kinack (Sarah Harmer, Broken Social Scene), and artwork was done by Carleigh Aikins, also a respected singer and co-founder of Bahamas. Frost didn’t hesitate to include a painting by her, knowing Carleigh’s metaphysical visual style would perfectly fit the album.
“Aaron had a vision for my next record — something real with a focus on the songwriting, live and not overproduced, like Carole King. That spoke to me,” said Frost. “Overall, it’s quite melancholic and earnest. The songs deal with change, self-love, desire, loss, and more. I’m on a path to deep healing and awareness and music has always been my way to process and transmute difficult times into something of strength.
Frost continued, “I wrote ‘Changes In The Air’ over Zoom with Chris Bartos, Rob Joy, and Denielle Bassels during the pandemic. It’s a song of hope and getting back to the earth. It feels really good to sing this one, especially in three-part harmony! It took a few attempts before we nailed the feel. Even before Aaron, we recorded it a couple of times. This version finally hit the zone.”
Catch Lily Frost as she plays songs from Decompression and other beloved tracks when she performs at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound on April 17. Get tickets here.