Albums, Music, The Revue — February 18, 2015 at 7:00 am

Sarah MacDougall – “Grand Canyon”

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Sarah MacDougall has quietly made her name for herself for her indie folk-pop. Born in Sweden and now residing in beautiful Whitehorse, Yukon, MacDougall has received accolades in the UK and has had songs played commercially in Europe. With the arrival of her third album on Tuesday, MacDougall will be seeking to translate her success overseas to her new homeland and beyond.

Like the location the album is named after, Grand Canyon is an expansive and at times cinematic album, where each turn there is a bit of beauty to behold and landscapes to remember. The opening and lead single, “I Want to See the Light (Lost from Our Eyes)”, is a stunning track. As mentioned back when it was first released in December, it has the allure and haunting qualities of Marta Pacek’s terrific Voodoo Dolls False Alarms and the alluring qualities of Orenda Fink’s Blue Dream – two terrific albums from 2014.

Equally stunning is Malmö I Mitt Hjärta”. Sung in her native Swedish, the track is founded on the dense folk of Scandinavia, but the climax is stirring with MacDougall’s voice soaring above the cataclysm of instruments. It’s a devastating yet brilliant track.

The album, though, is mostly filled with upbeat or midtempo folk-pop tunes. “Sparrowhead” pays tribute to Western Canada, in particular the fine prairie province of Manitoba with MacDougall possibly lost in its hundreds of lakes or its gorgeous wheatfields. The title track isn’t about the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Arizona, but rather it is a metaphor about a relationship, which we all can relate to. It’s the one track that comes closest to being a pop tune rather than folk. “2012sees MacDougall lean towards Americana with a roaring chorus a la Of Monsters and Men.

Where MacDougall really shines, though, is on the indie-folk tracks. In addition to “Malmö I Mitt Hjärta”, “Devil’s Gap” is a straightforward folk song, but the simple arrangements allow her voice to shine through. Every intonation can be heard as MacDougall aches longly for the one she loves, singing “waiting for you to love me”. It’s a song that would have been perfect for our Sad Suckers Soundtrack.

MacDougall will be commencing a tour this week with stops across Canada, including Ottawa, and Europe. Tour dates are below. Grand Canyon comes out on Tuesday, February 24. You can purchase it by supporting Sarah’s PledgeMusic campaign.

Website – http://sarahmacdougall.com/
Facebook – Sarah MacDougall Music
Twitter – @sarahmacdougall

UPCOMING TOUR DATES

  • 18 Feb – Prince George, BC (CA) @ Canadian games – MainStage- 4-piece band
  • 19 Feb – Prince George, BC (CA) @ Canadian Games @ The Artspace
  • 11 Mar – Montreal, QC (CA) @ Le Petit Campus with The Once- solo
  • 13 Mar – Ottawa, ON (CA) @ National Arts Centre- w The Once
  • 17 Mar – Kingston, ON (CA) @ Grand Theatre with The Once
  • 18 Mar – Toronto, ON (CA) @ Winter Garden Theatre with The Once
  • 19 Mar – Cookstown, ON (CA) @ Iron Horse with The Once (solo)
  • 20 Mar – Meaford, ON (CA) @ Meaford Hall Arts and Cultural Centre with The Once (solo)
  • 21 Mar – Aylmer, ON (CA) @ Aylmer PAC with The Once (solo)
  • 24 Mar – Winnipeg, MB (CA) @ West End Cultural Centre with The Once (solo)
  • 25 Mar – Regina, SK (CA) @ The Artesian with The Once (solo)
  • 26 Mar – Saskatoon, SK (CA) @ The Bassment with The Once (solo)
  • 21 Apr – London (UK) @ Green Note (solo)
  • 24 Apr – Hamburg (DE) @ L-Beach Festival
  • 25 Apr – Guilers, BRE (FR) @ Guilers- Duo
  • 14 May – Lauterbach (DE) @ House concert
  • 6 Jun – Toronto, ON (CA) @ Private show

 

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