• steph cameron Daybreak Over Jackson Street (CD, £11.50)

    Set for release on At The Helm Records, Daybreak Over Jackson Street is the keenly-anticipated second album from Steph Cameron and the first to see a formal release outside of Steph’s native Canada. The Saskatoon-based roots singer/songwriter arrived on the scene like a bracing gust of fresh musical air with her 2014 debut record Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady receiving unanimously enthusiastic reviews. “This is a monumental, brilliant album... heralds the crowning of a bright new talent,” declared Pop Matters in calling it the #1 Canadian album of 2014. No Depression termed it “a stunning debut,” while Exclaim! noted that “Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady delights from start to finish. Steph Cameron is the real deal.” The record also made the 2015 Polaris Prize longlist. If the debut felt as if it emerged fully-formed from the bohemian streets of Greenwich Village circa 1963, then the extra maturity of Daybreak gives it more of an early ‘70s Laurel or Topanga Canyon atmosphere. Like her debut, the album was recorded at elite Toronto studio Revolution Recording with producer Joe Dunphy. The result is a collection of songs that showcases Steph’s storytelling songwriting style, one that works in perfect tandem with the sparse production style chosen. The themes they explore of love, loss and finding joy when times are rough are universal. What truly rings true is the authenticity of the human experience that the characters she sings about have been through. Tracks: Daybreak Over Jackson Street / Young And Living Free / That’s What Love Is / On My Mind / Richard / Winterwood / Litt le Blue Bird / You Ought To Know By Now / California / Sing For Me / Peace Is Hard To Find


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