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Exclusive: Stream Apryll Aileen’s New Curated Spotify Playlist Feat. Songs That Have Inspired Her While Traveling

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To celebrate the release of Apryll Aileen’s new song “Catch Me,” the alt-pop singer-songwriter curated a brand new Spotify playlist featuring songs that have inspired on her recent travels. Check it out below! 

Aileen is a classically trained pianist with a touch of science and spirituality. An alt-pop soulful vocalist, guitarist and songwriter from Atlantic Canada, Aileen is chock full of captivating lyrics and melodic hooks, and her songwriting will leave you saturated in all the feels, wanting to dance but also, contemplate life’s meaning.

Her new song, “Catch Me,” was written from her perspective of being an independent female artist, traveling around the world to share her music and passion with others, but also, always feeling alone on that journey, sacrificing romantic relationships and time with friends. She elaborates, “I could never clearly express this burning desire in me to keep creating and moving forward and it has become much like a double edge sword. I often feel like a musical James Bond with a strong mission and purpose to fulfill, that is not actualized without the sacrifice of living a ‘normal’ life.”

Aysanabee – “We Were Here”

I watched Aysanabee (Evan) perform this song live from the Junos, from my hotel room in Austin, Texas on the first night of SXSW. I had just flown into Texas and was sad to not be with some of my friends who were attending the Junos. I was mesmerized by his vocal delivery, passionate performance and the spiritual subject matter of this song. This is an extremely powerful song that shares the pain of a buried past and the journey towards reconciliation from the brutal history of the Canadian Indian residential school system & gravesites. After meeting Evan a couple of days later in Austin, Texas, I knew it was the only way to start the playlist. 

Maya Yenn – “Sour Grapes”

This song was featured on the “Pop Chillout” playlist by Atlas – my new single “Catch Me” was also featured on this. The title and cover art caught my eye and I wasn’t disappointed by the cool vibe and lyrics of the song. I resonated with the lyrics wondering when things would change career wise and why things always seemed to be so difficult? A sort of ironic pessimism to following your dreams in the creative realm.

Ruthie Craft – “Love Me Or Leave Me”

A fresh pop R&B vibe that reminds me of summer time vibes in LA, driving with the sunroof open and the windows down. A fun fresh production with groovy piano, horns and a beat that will have you boppin’ your feet. I met Ruthie at SXSW and we’ll certainly be playing some future shows together!

SG Lewis – “Oh Laura”

Again this song caught my attention from the first few seconds of the kick drum and badass synths. It’s a vibe – total vibe. I’ve actually never heard of SG Lewis before this song but I’ve certainly added his music to my playlists. 

Jah’ Mila – “Sugar & Spice”

I’ve seen Jah’ Mila play live quite a few times and she never disappoints. I recently interviewed her (footage coming soon) and we decided to sing a verse and chorus of each other’s songs. It was an awesome collaboration and I chose this song to sing harmonies on and hence, chose it for this playlist because it’s so uplifting. This is pure reggae vibes and I definitely feel the energy of being on the road traveling, working hard & counting down the days of getting back to someone at home. 

Miley Cyrus – “Flowers”

From the minute I heard the intro, I knew it was a hit. I learned it as a cover in an hour and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. What a great track and music video. Yes Miley!

Harry Styles – “Late Night Talkin'”

Harry Styles grew so much on me with his last album but especially this one. I’m blown away by the songwriting and production on this entire album. This is a track I put on when I’m driving and want to sing along & feel alive.

Mute Choir – “Basement”

My friend told me they released a new single and when I checked it out, I added it right away to my library & playlist. This track has a electro-pop Arctic Monkeys vibe and I adore the hook. It’s so amazing when your friend’s music is something you’d add to your playlist even if you didn’t already know them and this track won me over instantly. 

Jessie Reyez – “Only One”

Another dope Canadian artist who won a Juno this year for Contemporary R&B. I’ve watched her launch from her first single years ago, and she’s an artist I’d love to share the stage with someday. Again – a driving/getting ready to go out with the crew track.

Stephen Sanchez – “Until I Found You”

This song reminds me of some of my favourite 50’s and 60’s songs. I love the guitar tones and I’m also a sucker for true romance and that old school love so here we go. If you haven’t heard this song, make sure you take a listen. 

Tabi & Qwinn – “Puddles”

Rainy day lo-fi jam about questioning your own expectations and ability to reach a level of personal satisfaction. The artist Qwinn is a friend that I’ve co-written with and the producer Tabi, is also someone I’m working on a new track with now. I was ecstatic with this collaboration – again one of those, “Wow they’re both my friends and I love this song” moments. 

Anvia – “One Day”

I found this song on a playlist by Sinusoidal that also featured my single “Bad Things”. Instantly it had movie vibes to me and felt like a Zero 7 production, which I used to listen to all the time. I reached out to her and turns out – she not only wrote it all but also produced it. Maybe one day we’ll write a song together 😉



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