September 9, 2022 – Canada: Today Canadian singer-songwriter, Claire Coupland, has released the first single off her sophomore album New Light, due out in early 2023. Love Song can be heard everywhere you stream music, and was premiered via Canadian Beats.
Love Song is a spritely love letter that sits right in the pocket of California folk and Canadiana, written and performed on a shimmery high-strung acoustic guitar. It takes listeners through a lush toe-tapping arrangement echoing bluegrass and country styles with dreamy harmonies, watery electric guitar, slick stand-up bass and playful percussion.
Like many other artists, the stasis of the pandemic left Claire Coupland with a substantial period of reflection. Without live performance and the usual music engagements, her creative focus was turned inward towards a collection of partially written songs that had long been lying dormant in her imagination. Deeper, darker and more vulnerable song writing exploration unearthed stories of fragile family dynamics, the struggle to belong, homesickness, painful goodbyes, and hope for the future.
After half a year of email and phone correspondence, Covid 19 vaccine rollouts and easing of border restrictions, the stars finally aligned and Coupland made a trip to Los Angeles to join creative forces with JUNO award-winning musician and producer Sam Weber (Bahamas, Terra Lightfoot, Madison Cunningham). Together, with a hand-picked selection of LA’s finest musicians (including members of Dawes, one of Claire’s biggest musical influences), the team laid down a collection of exciting new songs with bluegrass, folk, soft rock and grunge flavours, and thus her brand new album, New Light, is set to release in early 2023.