Love & Lust (4.21.17 in U.S.)
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“One of the shining jewels in the crown of Canadian songwriters.” – CBC Radio
“…beautifully luminous and enchanting.” – THAT Mag
“…embraces folk within a broader sonic spectrum.” – USA Today’s Journal Sentinel
“…a stunning work of art.” – East of 8th
“Kelly’s voice is pure and cool, like fresh water.” – NOW Magazine
“Her vocals have the unaffected openly emotional quality needed to shine.” – Exclaim!
Some of the greatest art is drawn from darkness. So too was Love & Lust – a compelling and honest release from Jadea Kelly. However dark the muse, there is a sonic beauty and vulnerability shining throughout. Perhaps a familiar story to some, Love & Lust is an album of heartbreak but also an incredibly open and honest catalog of infidelity, desire, betrayal, forgiveness and human frailty. Built with lilting melodies, symphonic strings, pop synth pads and majestic guitar tones Jadea Kelly guides the listener through the darkness of infidelity and her prolific journey towards light and wisdom. Despite the struggle of its creation Love & Lust is quite possible the most honest, intense and emotional record of its time and a huge progression for Jadea Kelly and her songwriting.
“I wanna drown it. Way I feel. If I do does it make the heat less real
Sit up on me / Pull my waist. Watch the blood rush through my face”
The opening lines of Love & Lust – the Canadian singer’s third studio album – frame these emotions candidly. It speaks of the humanity in feeling ashamed of your desire and your lust. At the same time this catalog of songs touches on the human fear of vulnerability and our own human frailty. Perhaps unbeknownst to the writer upon its creation, Love & Lust addresses our reliance on human connection and our unending – social media driven – access to it. Rather than a critique, Love & Lust examines the confines of modern love as well as its shifting definition.
Swelling with vocal hooks and ambient guitar delays, Love & Lust is an honest and eerily haunting folk genre – accurately coined by her peers as Euphoria Folk. Mixed with the sonic atmosphere of Daniel Lanois-esque production and the same vocal and melodic heartbreak of Emmy Lou Harris, Iris DeMent or Patsy Cline – Jadea Kelly presents a fully matured recording.
Love & Lust was recorded in Toronto at Noble Street Studios and The Woodshed Studio throughout 2014 and 2015. The album was co-produced by Stew Crookes, Tom Juhas and Jadea Kelly live off the floor and directly to tape. Stew Crookes is known prominently for producing such Canadian artists such as Hawksley Workman, Doug Paisley, One Hundred Dollars and Jadea Kelly’s 2013 album Clover. Tom Juhas works as an established guitarist and producer, accompanying the likes of Royal Wood, Emma Lee and Ryan O’Reilly. The songs are orchestrated by some of Canada’s highly esteemed musicians. This includes long time collaborators Jason Sniderman, Nigel Hebblewhite, Gary Craig, Sly Juhas, Tom Juhas, Jesse Zubot and Brian Kobayakawa.
Jadea Kelly – raised in Whitby, Ontario – spends much of her time living between Toronto and Nashville. She has released three albums to date – Eastbound Platform in 2010, Clover in 2013 which was named on of CBC Radio’s Top 10 Most Anticipated Albums that year and most recently, Love & Lust (exclusive to Canada) which earned her the “Contemporary Singer Of The Year” award at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
She has performed on JUNO award-winning albums from Canadian folk artist Catherine MacLellan as well as metal band Protest the Hero. She has toured across Canada countless times performing at a number of Canadian festivals and high profile venues including the Calgary Folk Festival, Edmonton’s Interstellar Rodeo, Elora Ontario’s Riverfest with Blue Rodeo, The National Arts Centre in Ottawa and the Massey Hall Presents concert series in Toronto.
She has toured throughout the U.S. several times in support of Clover and has showcased officially at SXSW and Americana Music Festival. She has also toured extensively throughout Europe.
Jadea Kelly’s music has been featured on TV shows such as Bitten on SyFy. Most recently, “Beauty” off of Love & Lust was featured as the accompanying song to a powerful final day opening montage on CBC Television – a tribute to Canadian hero Terry Fox for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.