In the midst of the world’s lockdown we are all forced to refocus after our daily lives have in many ways been put on hold. Many artists have had to change their plans around their album releases, from the buzz of touring, to now having to stay at home in isolation. Thankfully we live in a digital age where we are able to stay connected and continue to share the beautiful music that these artists work tirelessly to create for our enjoyment.
Over here at Flemish Eye Records we are very excited to be working with Serbian-Canadian musician Dana Gavanski and today we are celebrating her debut album, Yesterday Is Gone, which is now available on all streaming platforms. Fans in Canada can order copies of the record on classic black vinyl from the Flemish Eye shop while we wait for our local record stores to reopen.
“Authoritative debut ” (8/10) – UNCUT
“Yesterday Is Gone shines as it dips, an anchor during a time of transition.” (9/10) – Exclaim!
“Her honeyed vocals tiptoe around whimsical lyricism about the changing of the seasons and the slow burn of time” – Beatroute
Order LP from Flemish Eye: https://found.ee/shop-dana-gavanski
Stream the album now: https://found.ee/dana-gavanski
And if you missed it last month, watch Dana’s video for the album’s title track “Yesterday Is Gone” filmed in the colourful and retro underground of Montreal’s metro system. https://youtu.be/8xM8SJrxYeI
By turns break-up album, project of curiosity, and, as Dana puts it, “a reckoning with myself,” Yesterday Is Gone is an album of longing and devotion to longing, and of the uncertainty that arises from learning about oneself, of pushing boundaries, falling hard, and getting back up. Moments of beguilement splinter a backdrop of tenderly picked guitar, bass, synth, and poppier elements, which commune to produce her own kind of wall of sound. Each component is meticulously placed, yielding a deeply sincere response to the chaos of human emotion.
Yesterday Is Gone was co-produced between Dana, Toronto-based musician Sam Gleason, and Mike Lindsay (Tunng and LUMP w/ Laura Marling). While Sam helped Dana bring out the tunes, Mike’s input marked the beginning of developing Dana’s sound. The two kept stripped it down to the essentials, keeping things bare and letting the songs speak for themselves. The album shapeshifted as it passed through the hands of Dana, Sam, and Mike, taking on different tastes, feelings, and visions. When Dana performed the songs with a band, they found new form again. She was intrigued by performers like David Bowie and Aldous Harding, who inhabit different personalities on stage, physically tuning themselves to their music.
“Often we have to go a little far in one direction to learn something about ourselves,” Dana says. The months of solitary writing and self-doubt testify to this, but they’ve led to Yesterday Is Gone: an optimistic, steely-eyed gaze into the future.
Order Yesterday Is Gone – https://found.ee/dana-gavanski
RE-SCHEDULED TOUR DATES:
30th NL Nijmegen, Merleyn
5th UK End of the Road Festival
6th UK Moseley Folk Festival
9th UK Manchester, Soup Kitchen
10th UK Nottingham, Metronome
11th UK Bristol, Louisiana
13th UK London, The Lexington
14th UK Brighton, Hope & Ruin
15th UK Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
16th UK Margate, Elsewhere
20th DE Berlin, Badehaus
22nd DE Munich, Heppel & Ettlich
23rd DE Cologne, Die Wohngemeinschaft
Live dates are on sale now, tickets available from www.danagavanski.com