POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE LONGLISTED SONGWRITER’S NEW ALBUM, DAYBREAK OVER JACKSON STREET, OUT APRIL 14 VIA PHEROMONE RECORDINGS
LIVE PERFORMANCE DATES BEGIN APRIL 15
“a warm, intimate sonic experience” Exclaim!
“a voice that carries as much weight as the Edmund Fitzgerald. She weaves a tale within her melodies as craftily as Mariposa's favourite son.” - Slow City
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Steph Cameron arrived on the scene like a bracing gust of fresh musical air with her debut record Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady, receiving unanimously enthusiastic reviews. No Depression termed it “a stunning debut,” while Exclaim! noted that “Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady delights from start to finish. Steph Cameron is the real deal.” The record also made the coveted longlist for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2015.
Today, the Saskatoon-based songwriter is sharing her new album, Daybreak Over Jackson Street, with listeners a week ahead of its release date courtesy of Exclaim!. Recently, Slow City claimed Cameron to be “the next Gordon Lightfoot” and added that her “voice that carries as much weight as the Edmund Fitzgerald. She weaves a tale within her melodies as craftily as Mariposa's favourite son.”
Due out April 14 via Pheromone Recordings, Daybreak Over Jackson Street navigates subtle changes in stylistic terrain. If the debut felt as if it emerged fully-formed from the bohemian streets of Greenwich Village circa 1963, then the extra maturity of this album gives it more of an early ‘70s Laurel or Topanga Canyon atmosphere.
Like her debut, Daybreak Over Jackson Street was recorded at elite Toronto studio Revolution Recording with producer Joe Dunphy. It retains the sparse template of her first record – one voice, one guitar, both recorded in intimate fashion and to tape.
Many of these new songs feature a more mature Cameron looking back upon earlier turbulent times. “As I get a bit older I’m able to recall my youth from a different perspective. Many of these songs draw their content from the life and relationships I had in my youth; to people and places, particularly East Vancouver.” She describes “Daybreak Over Jackson Street” as a song “about living in an impoverished neighbourhood in an urban setting. That song acknowledges some of the elements of life in a slum.” A similar locale, East Vancouver, permeates “Richard,” a haunting ode to a troubled comrade left behind – ‘a hotel is a real sad place for living’.
Having spent some time living in The Kootenays, the great outdoors appears in Cameron’s “That’s What Love Is,” a lovely and gentle tune featuring a circular guitar pattern and such atmospheric imagery as ‘late at night when the coyotes call, the dogs whimper and the leaves fall’. Then there is the fast and breezy “Little Blue Bird,” one ‘sitting in the snow, staring at the stars dreaming of the railroad cars’.
Apr 15 – Saskatoon, SK – Village Amp & Guitar
Apr 22 – Toronto, ON – The Dakota Tavern (8 PM) - CMW
DAYBREAK OVER JACKSON STREET TRACKLIST
01 Daybreak Over Jackson Street
02 Young And Living Free
03 That’s What Love Is
04 On My Mind
07 Little Blue Bird
08 You Oughta Know By Now
10 Sing For Me
11 Peace Is Hard To Find