By Stevie Connor. Photo Credit: Lorraine Mortensen.
Opening the EP, ‘Your One’ sets the stage for Rebecca Lappa’s bold new indie-pop direction with its multitude of beautifully layered harmonies and captivating chorus. Be sure to watch the epically frozen video - a striking visual of an icy landscape set against the swathe of understated synths. Recent single ‘Blue Lips’ uses ice-cold imagery in a sprightly pop song about unrequited love - fun and rich in sound, and the much darker ‘Lolita’ takes inspiration from the 1955 novel of the same name. Here Rebecca dares to explore the forbidden relationship in the book, one of lust and desire in a sinister situation. And don’t miss the atmospheric standout ‘Forecast’. A very tender and sweet song, with expertly used weather analogies Rebecca’s vocals shine on top of soaring guitars shimmering in reverb.
For all the gorgeous layered soundscapes Rebecca creates in her new found sound, she still manages a nod to her previous folkier releases, as demonstrated on ‘Witch’s Way’, staying true to her acoustic singer-songwriter roots and her accomplished skills as a storyteller. In contrast to the rest of the EP it opens with a gently plucked guitar line, building to a rootsy stomp that feels contemporary and classic at the same time. The EP’s journey comes to an end with ‘Brick by Brick’, a modern country sounding song with subtle slide guitar and several vocal lines floating in and out.
"Just like people change over time, my choice of how I express myself as an artist has changed over time,” says Rebecca on the new EP. “I am currently at a point in my life where the most raw and authentic version of myself feels best expressed through pop and alternative music. With this EP, I am continuing my journey of creative expression. My focus is making music and stories that matters to me and hopefully it will impact others."
Produced by Louise Burns and recorded between The Audio Department in Edmonton and 604 Studios in Vancouver, Tales of a Taurus was brought to life with Burns’ multi-layered previous experience, both as a band member in Lilix and as a solo performer in her own right. Not only did she carry out production and programming, Burns also contributed bass, synthesisers, and backing vocals, with drums played by Alex Glassford and Flavio Cirillo and additional guitar played by Max Cunningham. Of the collaboration between herself and Louise.
Rebecca proudly comments that "She captured the intricate and intimate quality of my voice and my full range of expression, which shines through on these tracks. Louise had a lot of impact on the instrumentation because she was really tapped into the influences of the artists that I was inspired by for this EP."
Born in San Francisco but raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Rebecca has been singing since childhood and plays multiple instruments. After watching Taylor Swift open for Brad Paisley, she decided “That’s like me. I want to do that.” Rebecca subsequently went on to be nominated five times for the Canadian Folk Music Awards, winning young Performer of the Year in 2015. In 2019, Rebecca was nominated for three titles at the Edmonton Music Awards, taking home the win for Singer-Songwriter Recording of the Year. Among her previous releases are 2016’s Reckless Heart, 2017’s Spirit EP and 2019’s Unfiltered EP.
To celebrate the EP’s release, Rebecca will be travelling over to the UK for some live appearances.
9th May – Canadian Music Showcase, Strongroom Bar, London (tickets)
13th May – Canada House @ The Great Escape – Green Door Store, Brighton (tickets)