Today Jenn Grant announces her forthcoming album Paradise which will be released via Ba Da Bing Records on March 3. With this annoucement Grant also reveals the first single, “Galaxies” which premiered on Stereogumwho note that with the single she is, “creating something that’s both a bit familiar and a little otherworldly.” Read what Jenn told Stereogum about “Galaxies” here. LISTEN to “Galaxies”
Grant and husband, producer Daniel Ledwell, took a year in their home studio to craft Paradise. It is the follow up to 2014’s Compostela which earned Grant two Juno nominations in her native Canada — for both Songwriter as well as Contemporary Album of the Year. Compostela, was written after the loss of her mother and whereas that record was “of the stars” and based on her own personal experience of loss, Paradise points the compass towards the epic and intimate. It marks her most adventurous and deliberate work she’s ever done.
The two years of crafting and shaping, interrupted occasionally by the journeys of a busy touring musician on the road, gives Paradise a new dimension of sonic beauty and melodic landscapes that touches upon balladry, R&B and Electronic music along the way. Grant notes, “I also thought about my singing much more. I feel like I am a completely different artist from when I began performing. I don’t feel like I really heard my own voice until recently. The delivery of songs has become so important to me. And for some of these new songs, I decided to approach singing more like a whisper, to try and get a feel for it’s softness. I wanted to feel the power in that.”
Paradise‘s songs reach out with world-weary awareness, that is most evident on today’s single “Galaxies,” which is the aural equivalent of star-gazing. “I pictured people standing at the edge of the earth, hands outstretched, asking, ‘What is bigger than us, than any of this?'” Grant says. The song is an incisive introduction to an album of universal reach.