If there’s something familiar about the music of Roxanne Potvin, a singer/songwriter from Canada, it’s probably the result of your having grown up in a house where an abundance of good music on vinyl could be heard on a regular basis. Yet in spite of Potvin’s almost archeological musical dig (reaching layer upon layer of that which has made rock and folk music thrive as cultural forces), her latest album, Play, is exciting and new.
With her recently released album, Roxanne Potvin has focused her music in a new direction; those who know her mostly as a blues artist will be pleasantly surprised to hear this album full of rock and pop (and even punk) influences. The collection of songs makes it clear that Roxanne Potvin can sing music of all kinds (making it her own), and that likewise, as a songwriter, she can pretty much do it all… from cheeky to intimate to boldly honest.
The new CD was recorded in Vancouver, and was produced by Steve Dawson, with a very talented backing band that includes Geoff Hicks (drums), Keith Lowe (bass) and Chris Gestrin (keyboards).
Be sure to check out my personal favorite track – of “Dis-moi Que Tu M’aimes.” It’s a potent punk princess take on an Aznavour classic, and it captures anew the demanding desperation in the lyric. Play is one of those albums where the artist clearly enjoyed making each track. You’ll have just as much of a good time letting it take you to newly-discovered places that are at the same time familiar and welcome.