Victoria Staff Releases Debut EP “Records & Honesty”
Toronto-based singer-songwriter Victoria Staff released her debut EP “Records & Honesty” on July 19, 2023.
The EP comprises 5-track, produced by Dan Hosh.
She has made the EP for two years, and draws about her honest life experiences over the past few years.
Victoria Staff said of the EP, “This EP, 'Records & Honesty' is about honesty. These songs are the things I wanted to say in the situation, but the situation got away from me. It's about being honest with my feelings, being honest with my reality, and being honest with myself - which is probably the hardest one.”
The EP features two kinds of numbers. She said, “The songs that get written once and I never touch again. And the songs that get written and rewritten and rewritten once more.”
She added, “These songs remind me how much I love what I do. How much I love to write. How much relief writing brings me. I'm a better version of me when I'm writing music, and that's why, although at times it's a little dark, I think this EP is the best version of me.”
- Victoria Staff explained about some tracks for the EP.
“Records & Honesty”
“I wrote the song Records & Honesty in 2019 when I was in love with a boy who was never going to love me back. I wrote it raw and unfiltered and it reminded me how to be in love with music.
This song used to make me cry because I was so infatuated with this person, and this reminded me of him, but now it makes me so happy because I'm so proud of it. To be honest, I'm not even sure where he ended up - but I got a great song out of it.”
“Olive and Ruby”
“There was a coffee shop in Vancouver that I spent a lot of time in while I lived there. It shut down during the pandemic and I was devastated. First and foremost - they had INCREDIBLE banana bread and chai lattes, but also this shop was a keystone in my Vancouver life and it was gone forever. I wrote 'Olive and Ruby' so I could try to hold onto the way I remembered the cafe. I didn't want it to be one of those memories that just turns lackluster with time and fades. I wanted to make sure I held onto all the little bits that made that place familiar.”
“Here We Go Again”
“Some relationships are just inherently toxic and messy, but that's the fun of them. There's no logical reason for those two people to be together but you find yourself caught in a merry-go-round of stupid, repeating your same mistakes until you're not even sure how you got there. That is what my song 'Here We Go Again' is about.
The relationship I was in was emotionally draining but also a little…pointless? I didn't realize it until the end, but I was really driving on a road to nowhere. As much as I look back at that time and want to shake myself awake for being so stupid, this song is emblematic of how sad I was back then. Bad relationships can be fun or funny in hindsight, but it feels different when you're in it.”
“This is a tough one. When I was 16, I was sexually assaulted. At the time, I had no idea how to process what had happened to me, and no way of telling people. I wrote 'Campfire' as a coping mechanism – a way to tell the people around me what I had experienced and was still going through. I finally felt that it was time to share this song with the world. Looking back, I felt like there were lots of songs about overcoming trauma and being the bigger person in the face of hardship, but I wanted a song that talked about how it felt to be in the eye of the storm. I want this song to support people who don't have a way to voice their experience and are still in the place of processing.”
- source : Apple Music