ADA LEA SHARES VIDEO FOR “WILD HEART”
DEBUT ALBUM, WHAT WE SAY IN PRIVATE, OUT NOW VIA NEXT DOOR RECORDS
PHOTO CREDIT : Bao Ngo // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
“The Montreal singer-songwriter’s debut album uses heartbreak as the springboard for an innovative brand of indie rock that’s both fiery and introspective.” - Pitchfork
“If What We Say In Private is any indication, Levy’s dreams are sky-high. Using pop structures as a foundation, her debut as Ada Lea explores the full spectrum of human emotion, with a lyrical rawness that is both disarming and life-affirming.” - Bandcamp Daily
“While the Montreal songwriter’s debut is as open and vulnerable as a diary entry, it’s not messy—it's careful and intentional." - VICE, ‘The Week’s Best Albums’
"Ada Lea's workmanship is striking on what we say in private, as she delicately showcases both the chaos and beauty of change." – Exclaim!
Ada Lea’s acclaimed debut album what we say in private arrived in stores and online last Friday, July 19th, via Next Door Records, and has been earning great press from outlets including Pitchfork, Exclaim!, NPR Music (‘New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums For July 19), VICE, The FADER, FLOOD, Paste, Northern Transmissions and The Boston Globe (“one of the most striking records of the year”), among many others. The project of Montreal-based artist and musician Alexandra Levy, Ada Lea also today shared a colorful stop motion animation video for “wild heart,” created by Gaia Alari. Watch it now HERE. The clip follows additional videos for pre-release singles “what makes me sad,” “the party,” and “mercury,” which earned also praise from outlets including Gorilla vs. Bear, Brooklyn Vegan, and Under The Radar. what we say in private is available to purchase or stream HERE.
Ada Lea heads back out on the road in North America early next month, beginning on the 1st in Toronto. She will then head overseas for the first time in October for a run of dates throughout Europe and the UK, including stops at London Calling in Amsterdam and the Mirrors Festival in London. All tour dates are listed below.
To Levy -- who is also a painter -- music and visual art are different vessels for communicating similar ideas. “It's a world that I can build around me and sit inside,” she says. Through all her art, Levy explores the concept of womanhood as it feels and looks to her, as well as love and how it transforms over time. She doesn’t shy away from exploring uncomfortable and painful emotions, either. With the brightness of love, strength, and hope contrasted with the darkness of loss, suffering, isolation, and abandonment, the Ada Lea album what we say in private is a varied and vivid record that constantly seems to shift in the light, bringing together all the intricate influences she’s collected over the years.
what we say in private began with a need to document the ending of an important romantic relationship. Following a tormented period of staying up all night (sometimes days at a time), frantically painting or writing songs as a means of coping, she journaled for 180 days in the hope of finding herself again. She conducted this period of analysis and introspection in private, like most of her creative pursuits, and the process eventually resulted in a rebirth: a rediscovery of self and a new sense of freedom and self-acceptance. These chaotic feelings and the resulting catharsis are deeply felt in the final recording of what we say in private. Levy wanted the album to feel like a journal entry from those 180 days as she cycled through emotions. Throughout, she expresses feelings and thoughts that all humans experience behind closed doors and alone, but are conditioned to keep to themselves.
Ada Lea tour dates
8/1 - Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel (TICKETS)
8/2 - Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (TICKETS)
8/3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle (TICKETS)
8/4 - Cambridge, MA @ Cloud Club (TICKETS)
8/10 - Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien (TICKETS)
10/22 - Troyes, FR @ Les Nuits de Champagne (TICKETS)
10/25 - Groningen, NL @ USVA (TICKETS)
10/26 - Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling (TICKETS)
10/27 - Rotterdam, NL @ Rroodkapje (TICKETS)
10/31 - Bristol, UK @ The Crofters Rights (TICKETS)
11/1 - Manchester @ The Castle Hotel (TICKETS)
11/2 - London, UK @ Mirrors Festival (TICKETS)
11/4 - Glasgow, UK @ The Hug and Pint^ (TICKETS)
11/5 - Newcastle, UK @ Surf Café (TICKETS)
11/6 - Brighton, UK @ The Hope and Ruin^ (TICKETS)
^ with Stef Chura
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