Evan Konrad Releases Debut Album “Denial”: Streaming
- Vancouver-based alt-rock singer-songwriter Evan Konrad released his debut album “Denial” on September 23, 2022 via Lava/Republic Records.
The album comprises 7-track, all songs written by Evan Konrad, Jeffrey Renz (except “(How It Ends)” and “[Roost]”), and Shane Stephenson (“Heroine”). Produced by Evan Konrad.
The album was shelved by Lava Records in late 2019 due to creative differences, only to see a miraculous resurrection of the album now in 2022 after some patience and negotiations with the label.
He recorded the album at a home built studio in Burnaby, BC and his parents' basement in Abbotsford, BC.
Evan Konrad said of the album, “Each song on Denial takes the listener through the shadows of modern human experience and brings them to light. It's a sonic journey made with the intention to encourage us through the healing and releasing of grief from personal and global consciousness.”
- He shared on social media, “Well, It's finally out….after many long years of growth and obstacles. Never thought I'd see the day, but here it is! Thank you to everyone who helped record, fund, and support this album's creation. I'm very grateful to have worked along side such fine and creative people. Jay for a killer mix, Jeff, James, Shane and Eric for the great ideas and energy.
Thank you to everyone at Lava Records for facilitating such a unique and unconventional release.
Thank you to Lilla for saving the day last minute with the artwork, it looks beautiful.
Through this I've learned again and again the value of patience, kindness, and never giving up. 💪
There's too much to say so I'll just leave it there.”
Evan Konrad explained of some tracks for the album.
“Come On Snake, Let's Rattle”
“'Come On Snake, Let's Rattle' is an ego battle, at its core. A portrayal of a person too far gone to come back. The lyrics act as his personal introduction to you, a tour of his world, and together you explore this place for his debauchery. When I was writing the song, I would see this person in a beautiful cocktail lounge, full of elegant and fashionable people whom he could mold and control as he wished, obeying his word, almost as if they were an extension of himself. On the surface he is a walking statement of obsessive self-consumption, but as the song moves into its finale, he begins to show a deeper sadness to his character, a vulnerability. I want you to feel a warmth coming through his exterior, like a genuine smile before he ultimately turns on you too.”
“The Long Way Out”
“The Long Way Out is a journey through the act of letting go, and how romanticized it can be throughout the grieving process. Unable to accept the changes within ourselves, or the changes in another person, as we reach for a connection that no longer exists. I wrote this song to acknowledge and work through this within myself. I want this song to be a beacon of light for anyone who is looking for the same liberation I sought after.”
“Originally the treatment for 'The Long Way Out Video' was about a visual metaphor for a vanity filled man fighting to escape the chaos of his own mind. Having spent time shooting the video, I began to realize that it was very much a metaphor to my past as an artist, like a prologue to my future. The look, the way I'm dressed, even the style and lyrics of the song all seem to dwell in both an old and new world for me. It wasn't something I was consciously aware of during the process of shooting. It's quite a liberating experience to have that documented and showcased in this music video, especially being that It's my introduction to the world.”
Photo by Brian Ziff
- source : Apple Music