Talk about starting with a bang. Adaline achieves near Judy Garland levels of melodrama on “That’s What You Do Best”, the stately electro-torch song that opens her new album, Modern Romantics. But she doesn’t get there without boxing your ears with wiggy sax (from Shuffle Demon Richard Underhill) and unhinged guitar solos (by Hawksley Workman) on the way. It’s what Adaline does best; elegant structures that happen to be wildly hooky. “It’s a pop record,” she says of her sophomore effort, “but certainly not straight down the middle. I have pop sensibilities, but I hope I come across as a little deeper than a pop tart.” Deeper by orders of magnitude, based on the sheer stylistic scope of Modern Romantics, and the quixotic path it takes through sexy, minatory trip hop (“Keep Me High”), smartly built robo-pop (“The Noise”, “Sparks”, “Stereo”), and even the sad-erotic cabaret of “Cost Is Too High (Not To Love)”. Recorded at Toronto’sCanterbury Studios, Adaline and her collaborators and co-producers Hawksley Workman, Marten Tromm, and Tino Zolfo have made the kind of record that’s invested with depth you only ever get from high-end, ultra-talented music nerds.
Since its release on Light Organ/Universal Records on November 1st, 2011 the album has received strong praise from music critics. The Grid TO calls it “hook-y without being soulless, and patchwork in the most flattering sense. Think of this as pop, unpackaged”. The Uniter states, “A strong sophomore release from a crucial new voice” and CBC Radio 3 deems the album “A visionary classic from one of Vancouver’s best up and coming talents. A breathtaking in-depth journey of the imagination”.
Modern Romantics entered the “Earshot” Top 50 on Nov. 29th 2011 charting in the top 10 in many stations across Canada and her song “That’s What You Do Best” had an impressive 12 week stay in the Top 30 on the CBC Radio 3. The music video for the first single “The Noise” was premiered on Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine Online in January 2012. The video broke into the Top 20 on Much More Music and garnered over 100,000 Youtube views in its first week.
The television and movie world also took note of the album. Shortly after its release, the song “Say Goodbye (I Won’t Even)” was featured on the “Grey’s Anatomy” mid-season finale (Nov. 2011). A couple weeks later, Adaline’s song “Sparks” was again featured on “Grey’s Anatomy” with almost back-to-back episode placements. Other music features include “90210″, “Ringer”, “Royal Pains”, “Rookie Blue”, “Degrassi”, “The Listener”, “Bomb Girls”, “Heartland” and the new Samuel L Jackson movie “The Samaritan”.
Since her debut release Famous For Fire (2008), Adaline has been interviewed on ETalk, MuchMusic, ET Canada and has toured across Canada sharing the stage with esteemed colleagues Blonde Redhead, Wild Nothing, Dan Mangan, Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother), Hannah Georgas, and The Sheepdogs. She has played numerous festivals including CMW, NXNE, Junofest and Breakout West.
Recently, the album also earned a nomination for “Pop Recording of the Year” at the Western Canadian Music Awards which will take place this September 2012 in Regina, SK.
Favourite Toronto Hang Out:
I live right by Grange park and spend many afternoons hanging out on a blanket doing work and writing. I always welcome company!
Torontonian You Admire:
Laurie Brown from CBC’s “The Signal” – I have spent many late nights listening to Laurie’s perfect silky voice on her show “The Signal”. It’s like listening to a bed time story. She always has interesting and unique things to say about the songs she plays – I think she is an incredible radio presence and since radio is something that I’ve been interested in getting into, I’ve always looked up to her. We’ve never met, but I’d like to.
Best Coffee in the City:
I have no idea! I’ve never been a coffee drinker. I do enjoy David’s Tea from time to time
Anything else you’d like to share?:
I like to go out. I prefer to go out and listen to music so feel free to let me know when and where your band is playing. I’d love to check it out!