In anticipation of the vinyl release of their self-titled full-length album, Evangeline Gentle today announces the release of You and I (out May 22, 2020 on Sonic Unyon Records), a two-track digital single that serves as an introduction to the emotional warmth and dynamic power of this emerging singer-songwriter, as well as a mirror held up to humanity's unique historical moment.
“You and I” is the preludial a cappella opening song of my live show, and its message seeks to unite audiences with a sense of "sameness.” I believe that our deepest connections are found through vulnerability which is why I feel compelled to sing this track completely unaccompanied." – Evangeline Gentle
“'Black is the Colour” is a traditional Scottish folk song that I first heard as a child growing up on the North East Coast of Scotland. Despite moving to Canada at age 11, my love for Celtic folk music persists and performing this song feels like sharing another bit of who I am.” – Evangeline Gentle
These a cappella tracks were recorded and mixed by Luke Schindler at Toronto’s Revolution Recording, and the companion videos, in striking black and white, were directed by Rob Viscardis. Live-to-tape performances, they pulse with intimacy and immediacy. In a twist of the kind of fate alluded to in the title track, the session took place in mid-March, a week before the world began going into lockdown. There’s an inevitable poignancy to vocal-only songs whose lyrics deal with the power of human connection. Perhaps more so now in a time when our shared experience of life is one of being physically separated from each other, and aching to close those distances.
Just as “You and I” serves as an introduction to my live show, hopefully the single makes a fitting introduction before my full album arrives on vinyl in August. – Evangeline Gentle
PRAISE FOR EVANGELINE GENTLE
“Evangeline Gentle's self-titled album is a triumph” - Exclaim!
“Evangeline Gentle's voice communicates an aching warmth that comes with knowing hardness and choosing softness instead. I didn't know anything about them before this self-titled debut, produced by the great Jim Bryson, and every time I listen to the record, I'm blown away anew by their songwriting and the space they're carving out across multiple genres — indie pop, alt-folk, singer-songwriter — in a way that feels effortless” - CBC Music
“A talent to be watched carefully. Gentle's voice grabs you instantly with its purity and expressiveness” - FYI Music