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Some artists write because there is no other way - because for them the very act of living, searching and tending to their own souls produces music. Renaissance woman Sarah Slean is such an artist. In her distinctive voice, described as a “19th Century Kate Bush” (Bob Mersereau, CBC), we find an entrancing mix of spiritual hunger and old-world whimsicality - in her lyrics, an ever-present longing “reminiscent of Irving Layton and Leonard Cohen” (Time Magazine) - and on “Metaphysics”, her first recording in 5 years, production nods to Peter Gabriel, Dan Lanois, Tori Amos, Radiohead and yes, Gustav Mahler. If that’s not heady enough for you, “Metaphysics” takes aim at some very grand themes on the level of the personal. In the artist's words:
“Pain and confusion are crucial voices in the song of your life. They are as necessary as the other voices - there is no music without it. I’m convinced that Life capital L is not a magazine of partial, unrelated episodes, but a single story that has meaning. And all of the world’s pain and confusion can only be reconciled in my mind by the idea that a great love is being cultivated by the universe's mysterious forces, a bigger, more radically tender love is being built in the world, heart by heart, one small gesture of softening and opening to the next. We are only softened and opened through empathy. We only feel another’s pain deeply when we’ve experienced our own. As problem-solving humans, we are constantly trying to engineer lives free from pain, but it’s the price of admission to this extraordinary thing called existence, and quite probably the engine of our evolution.”
Slean is no longer the “Sweet Ones” pop ingenue. She is a composer, producer, and unique artistic force. Over the course of her 20 year career, she has made eight albums, starred in short films and a movie musical, published two volumes of poetry, held exhibitions of her paintings, written string quartets, composed for full symphonic ensemble and shared the stage with ten of the country’s leading orchestras. During that time she was nominated for three Junos and two Geminis, graced the TED stage in Edinburgh, toured internationally, premiered works by renowned contemporary composers, and released albums in over 10 countries world-wide. “Metaphysics”, featuring string orchestra and the co-production talents of Hawksley Workman, Daniel Romano, Jean Martin and Joshua Van Tassel is slated for release in the Spring of 2017.
One of the most compelling acts Canada has to offer. Time Magazine Canada "
One of the most compelling acts Canada has to offer.