MP3 Dominique Reynolds - Tiny Burden
Evocative Metis cabaret pop
10 MP3 Songs in this album (40:28) !
Related styles: POP: Piano, FOLK: Folk Pop
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When Dominique Reynolds, former member of the world music group Madrigaia, began a song writing project exploring her Metis and Aboriginal roots, she had no idea where it would take her. In collaborating with Leela Gilday (2007 Juno winner for best aboriginal recording) , Wab Kinew rapper/CBC host/ Sundancer and Ray Coco Stevenson, Pow Wow singer with Eagle and Hawk, Dominique Reynolds discovered her voice as a songwriter had not mellowed through the years. In fact, Dominique is coming into her own in every aspect of her life. Married check, two kids check, trying to have it all check. Yes, striking a balance as an artist/mother can be a Tiny Burden, but the only thing you can do is to pick it up, carry on and “come on back to the war”, to quote Leonard Cohen.
She writes intelligent pop music with her own je ne sais quoi twist. Dominique''s soaring alto blends pop hooks, rocking choruses and quirky cabaret inflections to create songs that are a once catchy and meaningful. Think Fiona Apple on Prozac, Ben Folds as a woman or Aimee Mann’s younger sister.
Dominique’s songs have been featured in two National Film Board documentaries. She has sung French cabaret in a Toronto club where Feist booked bands and Emily Haines of Metric served drinks. She was a founding member Madrigaia (an award winning a cappella world music septet) and toured throughout Canada, Europe and the United States. Since 2007, she has returned to her solo roots. Recent shows include:We Joggin’ (APTN 2006) Au Coeur du Festival (Radio-Canada 2007), Heritage River Festival (The Forks Scotiabank Stage 2007), Aboriginal People’s choice awards 2008 (If This Was Right, nominated for best video with Wab Kinew).
Dominique second album is entitled Tiny Burden. Produced by Murray Pulver of Doc Walker and recorded at Channels studio in Winnipeg as well as in Nashville, the album features ten tracks that showcase Dominique’s versatility as a performer and songwriter. From the “Coldplayesque” Shakeyishk, a Metis love song to the haunting piano and vocal of Never Enough and right back to the fun loving The Bonobos, inspired by endangered Chimpanzees, Tiny Burden eschews boundaries while maintaining a strong folk-pop vibe.