If you’re like me, you love discovering new artists. When I find a band with a fresh sound, innovative ideas and a whole discography to discover, I feel like a little kid on Christmas morning. And as much as I love discovering new music, I also love to share my music with others, in the hope that they will enjoy it as much as I have.
That said, this is the first of many “New Music Mondays” where I and other Chronicle and K-UTE writers will share some of our favorite artists that you might not have heard of before.
Today’s featured artist is Canadian singer-songwriter/poet Tanya Davis. I first heard her last month on 90.9 KRCL (a great station if you’re looking to discover a wide variety of new music, by the way). They were playing her song, “How to be Alone,” a beautiful anthem for the life of any introvert.
It begins as more of a spoken word performance than a song as she describes the day-to-day attitudes of someone who prefers to be alone. A harmonica and eventually an electric guitar are eventually introduced, but that’s about all the instrumentation there is. The minimalist aesthetic is effective, as it lets her poetic voice and her soothing, childlike voice shine through.
As I searched for more of her music, I came across a song called “Art,” an ode to art itself. “Art, art, I want you,” she sings, “Art, you make it pretty hard not to. And my heart is trying hard here, to follow you …” This song has a bit more instrumentation, including a small children’s choir that accompanies her on a chorus that is pretty dang catchy.
Tanya Davis proves she’s a versatile performer with her most recent full-length album, “Clocks and Hearts Keep Going,” from 2010. She retains her spoken word roots on several songs but also showcases her ability as contemporary singer-songwriter on songs like “Sad Secret.”
One of the most amazing things about Tanya Davis is how small her following is. The above video for “Sad Secret” had a total of three views at the time of my writing this. And her twitter account, @tanyadavismusic, has just over three thousand followers. An artist of her caliber deserves a lot more recognition than she has, so if you’ve enjoyed these songs, give her a follow and check out more of her music on YouTube or Spotify. She’s also on iTunes if you decide, like me, to buy some of her wonderful music.
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(Feature photo from mindyourmind.ca)