|Lily Frost — Do What You Love (2012)|
Lily Frost — Do What You Love
Location: British Columbia ~ Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Album release: October 2, 2012
Record Label: Aporia Records
01. Background Radio 3:08
02. I'm On Fire 2:11
03. Do What You Love 2:41
04. Grenade 2:11
05. Poetry 2:49
06. No Promises 3:12
07. Long Sweet Ride 3:30
08. It Shines 4:02
09. Stand 4:18
10. San Tropez
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Press contact: Shannon Martin -
Reservé agent: Nicole Rochefort -
• Eclectic, BC-bred singer-songwriter Lily Frost brought listeners on an “eerie adventure through the woods” with her last folky set, 2010's Viridian Touch, but her next LP, Do What You Love, is poised to deliver a handful of positive life lessons.
• The 10-song set was produced by Me&John (Ryan Kondrat and John LaMagna), and is said to navigate between playful, hummable pop, ’60s girl-group melodies, country swing and “trip-pop.” The record also closes with a cover of Pink Floyd’s San Tropez.
• On top of Frost’s performance, guests appearing on Do What You Love include Jose Contreras (By Divine Right), Bryden Baird (Zeus, Feist), and Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning. Album track “Stand” also received a string arrangement courtesy of Todor Kobakov (Small Sins, Emily Haines).
• A press release for the album explains that Frost’s latest was mostly written in a cabin in Georgian Bay, ON, and was “conceived, written and recorded as a letter to the daughter she was about to have.” It allegedly offers insight from Frost’s experience in the recording industry, among other topics.
• “I wanted to make a fun, upbeat record for my daughter that included lessons I had learned the hard way,” Frost said in a statement. “I wanted to leave people feeling inspired with smiles on their faces.”
Biography by Tom Demalon
• Singer/songwriter Lily Frost draws on influences of '60s pop, fashion, and art to create her engaging brand of not-easily pigeonholed music. Painfully shy, the introverted Frost spent years expressing herself in her diary entries, gradually setting them to music and putting years of classical piano training to use. By 1989, she was studying jazz and French at Concordia University in Montreal and was performing '20s covers in a local group called the Sheiks. To escape from the Montreal winters, Frost took a job singing on a ship in Cairo, Egypt, performing standards and torch songs seven nights a week, for six months, before returning to Vancouver in 1992 to front the Colorifics, who embraced '50s-style swing and attracted a following along the West Coast. The group scored at college radio when they released one of Frost's compositions, "Soda Pop," but Frost, wanting to pursue more contemporary sounds, released the solo effort Lunamarium, which was re-packaged and re-released when she signed with Nettwerk. Promoting the record, which was well-received by critics, Frost had the opportunity to share the stage with acts that included Coldplay, Cowboy Junkies, and the Dandy Warhols. She also continued to work concurrently with the band Mimosa.
By Gregory Adams
• As Exclaim! wrote in our review, eclectic, BC-bred singer-songwriter Lily Frost brought listeners on an "eerie adventure through the woods" with her last folky set, 2010's Viridian Touch, but her next LP, Do What You Love, is poised to deliver a handful of positive life lessons.
• A press release for the album, which arrives October 2 through Aporia Records, explains that Frost's latest was mostly written in a cabin in Georgian Bay, ON, and was "conceived, written and recorded as a letter to the daughter she was about to have." It allegedly offers insight from Frost's experience in the recording industry, among other topics.
• "I wanted to make a fun, upbeat record for my daughter that included lessons I had learned the hard way," Frost said in a statement. "I wanted to leave people feeling inspired with smiles on their faces."
• The 10-song set was produced by Me&John (Ryan Kondrat and John LaMagna), and is said to navigate between playful, hummable pop, '60s girl-group melodies, country swing and "trip-pop." The record also closes with a cover of Pink Floyd's "San Tropez."
You can catch a sneak peek of Do What You Love via the twinkly piano melodies and breathy "ba-ba-ba" vocal harmonies of "Background Radio" in the stream down below.
On top of Frost's performance, guests appearing on Do What You Love include Jose Contreras (By Divine Right), Bryden Baird (Zeus, Feist), and Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning. Album track "Stand" also received a string arrangement courtesy of Todor Kobakov (Small Sins, Emily Haines).
• As an added bonus, the version of the album in Quebec will come with an extra disc featuring songs by Frost sung in French. Plus, Frost has a few Ontario shows on the horizon, and you can see those below.
• Living City (as The Colorifics) (1996)
• Cosmicomic Country (2000)
• Lunamarium (2001)
• Situation (2004)
• Cine-Magique (2006)
• Lily Swings (2008)
• Viridian Torch (2010)
• Do What You Love (2012)
• Flights of Fancy (2007)
• Singer songwriter Lily Frost is a rare bird from Canada’s musical woods. Frost has always danced the line between indie and jazz, thus creating a niche of her own. Frost draws from her real life experiences in her lyrics – in performance, there is an intimacy, a gentle passion that can take you somewhere else and evokes a certain nostalgia – the rainy streets of Paris, a winter picnic or perhaps a beat café in San Francisco. This rarity and distinctiveness can be found on her latest offering, Do What You Love.
• Do What You Love puts Lily’s distinct sound and exceptional talents together in one concise package. From the lyrics to the arrangements to the striking artwork, it packs a punch and delivers insightful truths about life – embracing femininity with strength, joy and creativity.
• “I wanted to make a fun, upbeat record for my daughter that included lessons I had learned the hard way,” says Lily. “I wanted to leave people feeling inspired with smiles on their faces.”
• Largely written in a cabin in Georgian Bay, Do What You Love was recorded at Pirate Studios in downtown Toronto and was produced by Juno award-winners me&john (Ryan Kondrat and John LaMagna), who also play on the record. The record also features Jose Contreras (By Divine Right) and includes cameos by Brydon Baird, and Brendon Canning and a string arrangement on ‘Stand’ by Todor Kobokov.
• Lily’s parents were hobby artists who loved music, taught disco dancing and played records after supper for Lily and her younger brother to dance to. Her mom also encouraged her by sending her to the Royal Conservatory for dance and piano lessons all her childhood life.
• Summers were spent up north at the family cottage. It was during these summers that Lily bonded most with her cousin, feminist rapper and singer/songwriter Kinnie Starr. This relationship continues to be inspiring, important and competitive.
• By the age of 18, Lily drove too fast and drank too much before flying from the nest of her born-again Christian family – heading to Montreal to study jazz. She soon connected with John Davis (The Sheiks) and found herself performing songs from the 1920’s with The Shieks – Bessie Smith, Cab Calloway and Big Mama Thorton. From that first performance, Lily was drawn to the stage and has never looked back. Instead of going back for her third year of university, and with a musical fire in her belly, Lily accepted an offer to sing in Cairo for six months. From Egypt, Lily landed in Vancouver to join Les Minstrels, playing keyboards. They would frequent a local institution called The Railway Club where the late Ray Condo was the star of the jam.
• Upon hearing Lily sing Aretha Franklin’s “Hold On”, Ray asked her to be the featured vocalist in his group, The Swinging Dukes. Ray became a mentor and dear friend to Lily, but after a few months he said to her the words that were to change the course of her life: “You gotta get your own thing going, kid.” Lily started busking with Dave Lachance and Jorge Diaz, playing upbeat swing and rockabilly. They recruited local guitarist Bernie Boulanger, called themselves The Colorifics, and began to spearhead the “cocktail nation” (a mid 90’s anti-grunge movement) alongside The Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Friends of Dean Martinez and The Pink Martinis.
• Five years and three albums later, Lily left The Colorifics in order to finally start performing her own original material. Lily began writing with Chad Horton. This dynamic writing duo led to Lily’s first album, Cosmicomic Country (1999) and her follow-up album, Lunamarium (2000), which was released on Nettwerk Records. The style was still retro, drawing from surf, rockabilly and jazz but now the lyrics were more honest, poetic and contemporary. Situation (2004), was Lily’s next effort – it was an album that began in Vancouver with producer Steven Drake, and was finished in Toronto for Aporia Records. It was there that she met her fiery soul mate and future husband, José Miguel Contreras. Jose and Lily formed a team that was more prolific than any pairing she had before. They worked together to complete Situation, co-wrote and produced Cine-Magique (2006), Flights of Fancy (2007), Lily Swings (2008) and Viridian Torch (2010). In recent years, Lily has won West Coast Vocalist of the Year (2002, New Music West), a SOCAN award for Situation (2006, NXNE) and also a Gemini Award nominee for co-writing the theme song and score for the CBC hit television show, Being Erica.
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