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Louise Burns – Just Walk Away

Written Friday, September 20

A new Louise Burns album is on the horizon. And to punctuate my anticipation, I am pleased to be reviewing this single, Just Walk Away. Burns has proven throughout her career to be a masterful songwriter. She has effortlessly evolved her sound on each album, dipping her toes into new genres and new production techniques. Everything she writes sounds distinctly like Lousie Burns, yet each album she’s released has been notably different from the last. If you listen to Do What You Wanna Do from Mellow Drama, then Emeralds Shatter from the Midnight Mass, then Who’s the Madman from Young Mopes, you’re faced with three slight genre shifts. She’s gone from a sort of gypsy folk rock, to synth pop, to a more guitar-driven indie rock sound. And that trend continues with Just Walk Away, which has a summer jam, tropical vibe to it, with what sounds like a steel drum and a bit of a reggae-style beat. Combine that with some synths and a bit of sax at the end and you have a very organic, refreshing track. I can’t help but wonder what the rest of this album is going to sound like.

Burns’ versatility as an artist is astounding and inspiring.

Portraits is set to be released November, 8, 2019. Until then we can rock out to this single.

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My name is Francis Baptiste. I'm an Indigenous singer/songwriter in Vancouver, BC, an avid supporter of the Vancouver music scene, a contributing writer to Citrus Magazine, Permanent Rain Press, Music Existence, City Soundcheck, and the leader of the band Bird Parade. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and a divorced single father. Music and writing help me combat depression and relapse. For me, creativity, productivity, and community are essential to healing. There's so much incredible music in this city. You can learn more about the music I make on this page. I think it's good to be open about what you're dealing with, so below are some funny pictures of me from the last time I relapsed. It's important to find humour in dark times.

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