Published Jan 13, 2015Halifax songstress Alana Yorke is ready to release her debut full-length Dream Magic next week, but you can hear it in its entirety right now on Exclaim.ca.
We previously shared the album's lead single "Anthem," which Yorke described as being "about finding other people to create magic with, and doing what it is that you love against all odds, against all logic, and against all of the voices that tell you that you need to give up or do something else."
That sentiment rings through on other songs on the album, as do themes like renewal on "Start Over Again," or learning from the past on "Time Revisited." As the title implies, there's a surreal whimsy that permeates the seven-track album.
A press release notes Yorke's ability to shift between "sparkly synth-pop, grand cinematic gestures, and stripped-down intimacy" — a chameleon-esque quality that creates songs that are at once minimalist and complex.
Driven by her piano-playing and hypnotic, versatile vocals, Yorke's debut showcases an impressive array of alt-pop gems. Dream Magic officially arrives on January 20, but you can give it an advanced listen in the player below.