Atomique Productions presents…
LOUISE BURNS & MISE EN SCENE
Friday, October 20
Lucky Bar, Victoria
Louise Burns is already a 20-year vet of the music industry and she’s barely 30 years old. She witnessed the heady last gasp of the majors in the late-’90s (Burns co-founded pop band Lillix at 11 and signed to Madonna’s Maverick Records at 15), and was front and centre for Canada’s indie renaissance. Now Burns is an in-demand collaborator (Gold & Youth), high-profile hired gun, an acclaimed solo musician (2011’s Mellow Drama, long listed for the Polaris Music Prize, and 2013’s Midnight Mass), and multi-instrumentalist whose celebrated songwriting is equal parts grit and gloss. She’s toured extensively, playing throughout Japan, China, Europe, and North America and is an engaged, dynamic artist, whose interests cannot be contained by hours in a day. Burns is also a freelance contributor and host on CBC’s Radio 3, and a journalist whose writing appears on CBC Music, the Talkhouse and Westender.
Her third album, titled Young Mopes, is out now. Co-produced by Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain) and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Braids, Austra), its songs have been featured in the New York Times, Stereogum and Consequence of Sound.
Mise en Scene are coiled and ready to leap. The Winnipeg rock outfit, comprised of Stefanie Blondal Johnson, Jodi Dunlop, and Corey Hykawy, are touring the world hot off the heels of their latest release, Still Life On Fire (Light Organ Records). The record is a burning holler, a vibrant statement on living in the present. In control of everything from their self-made music videos to their cool kid aesthetic, the artists are independent and resilient, wanting to be seen but more importantly, to be heard. The album follows 2012’s knockout hit Desire’s Despair (Pipe & Hat) and is produced by Montréal-based mastermind Mike Nash (who has worked with everyone from members of The Dears, Blue Rodeo and Ladies of the Canyon). The sound reflects on years spent honing their craft, touring Canada, the US and Europe, playing the prestigious Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, Spain, and amassing hordes of fans in France. From the first reverb buzz to the parting resonant silence, it’s a sun-soaked blur of forward motion, eternal chasing.
It’s your life on fire.
“One of the most compelling albums you’ll hear this year.” – CBC Music