Lara Yule Singh
Atmospheric Futuristic Folk Tales
"A gem...extra lovely. She paints these pictures with her songs that are so completely, immediately ear-catching. It's like she's a welcoming committee saying come in, come in; which I love...very inviting."
-Luka Symons, CKUA Radio
(Official Music Video)
performed live with Alexia Melnychuk
Something In the Still reviewed
"Happy, uplifting music is in woefully short supply these days. We seem to be inundated with heart-broken rockers, angst-ridden punks, macho rappers, and sexed-up pop stars. Lara Yule Singh could be the answer to all their-and our own-problems. Her folk-pop debut, Something In the Still, will instantly put a smile on your face and lower your blood pressure after a day of signing autographs or surviving another rush hour commute. Don't let the soothing rush of waves or the babble of children's voices give you the wrong impression. Something In the Still is not a New Age album, but a delightfully quirky recording on par with efforts by Calgary's Chad VanGaalen and freak-folk star Devendra Banhart..."
The Edmonton Journal
"This is one of those records that I really really like...it’s in my personal permanent rotation..It’s so unique. Her voice is very sweet, girly almost. Bordering on Joanna Newsome-like. I know that some don’t like that. Heck, *I* don’t always like it. But I’m charmed by Lara. The melodies are so interesting and ear wormy (that’s a good thing, it means they get stuck in your ears). What else can I say? Uncle! It’s really cool. Check it out."
I first heard Lara Yule Singh on myspace. It was the third track from her debut album something in the still. The song, titled Happiness, is one of those short and catchy gems that stand out by being simple. The melody line puts all the focus of the song on Singh’s unmistakable voice chirping in staccato lockstep with the rhythms being subtly hammered out in the background...The vocals throughout, both climb and descend in pitch as quickly as each word comes and goes. The music follows suit. This constant juxtaposition pulling you up and down the scale through the course of the album will most definitely keep you interested, even when the shine of a catchy tune begins to fade.
The Great Divine reviewed
Trying to keep up with the proliferation of indie-rock and neon-electro artists is tiring, if not impossible. Fortunately, local songstress Lara Yule Singh is here to remind us about the pure, childlike joys of music - when we were six and didn't care if Neil Diamond was considered cheesy or uncool. By and large, her second album of piano and guitar-based folk tunes feels bright and sunny - like the first morning of your summer vacation. Her arrangements are simple and as skippy as someone practising their scales, yet there's more at work below the surface. Her clear voice masks some of her darker melodies and lyrics - as on The Steps That Led You To Your Death - and there's a touch of Serj Tankian's operatic virtuosity in a few of her tunes, particularly Highway to Driftpile and Picadilly Square.
*** 1/2 stars out of 5
The Edmonton Journal
"I want to congratulate Lara and everyone involved, on a fine release. Very atmospheric production - perfectly suited to her songs and voice. Great arrangements which really work and make her distinctive."
Stony Plain Records
"Lara Yule Singh's sophomore album, The Great Divine, is full of relaxing happiness that will make you feel like you're a kid again. This feeling is captured right from the beginning with the cover art, which looks like a children's book with a picture of a little girl holding the hand of a bear. It doesn't stop there, though, with the theme extending throughout with Yule Singh's sweet and innocent vocals begging us to be in a good mood from start to finish. The peak of happiness comes on the track "Umbrella Built For Two" when she uses her keyboard skills to bring an upbeat sound to this experimental folk journey that is as relaxing as a warm bath. The Great Divine has the ability to put you at ease enough to sleep, but it won't because it's too interesting to sleep through."
Atmospheric, futuristic folk cinema; Lara Yule Singh's new musical direction is not just melodies and hooks, but subtly theatrical, sci-fi song tales, whispered and wailed in Lara's bold yet vulnerable way. The Canadian songstress is diving deep into writing and recording a new album of polished, and some refreshingly unpolished gems, that will gently tug your ear and warmly invite you, "like a welcoming committee, saying come in, come in" (Luka Symons - CKUA Radio).
Heartful yet mysterious lyrics, invite the listener to come out and play, to discover and explore inner territory like new planets; magical places we've had glimpses of and long to see more of. Not everything here is as it seems; warm, visceral, thoughtful, and adventurous, but with unflinchingly honest observations about herself and the world around her. Musically, Lara is "bright, sunny, and quirky" (Sandra Sperounes - Edmonton Journal), but is now spreading her proverbial wings to include a full span of folk, avante-grade, old school cinema, touches of musical theatre, and the round, dark spiciness of blues/rock.
Since her first solo performance in May of 2005, Lara has been honing her craft. Having played 100s of shows across Canada, she has developed into a sensitive, articulate performer. Lara has performed at many festivals, including Fred Eaglesmith's Southern Ontario Picnic, South Country Fair, North Country Fair, Night of Artists, Homefest, Pembina River Nights, and The Works. She has opened for Gaye Delorme, shared stage and tour van, with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Alexia Melnychuk, and been featured on CBC Radio, CKUA Radio, Breakfast Television, and in Alternative Trends Magazine, to name a few.
The last time I saw Lara perform, I brought two friends with me. Never before had I seen them be so attentive to an artist, or gush more afterwards. Their reaction is testimony to Lara's compelling delivery and engaging lyrics. As for me, her lyrics and her voice stayed (and still stay) with me long after the performance was over.
Lara Yule Singh at Remedy Cafe – Ted Kerr (freelance photographer/journalist)
Lara's quirky lyrics complement a unique vocal style that is both poignant and playful. Her arrangements apply a very personal touch to covers, and the melodies of her own songs have a way of endearing themselves into the listener's memory.
Lara Yule Singh at Blue Chair Cafe – Harold Wollin (owner of cafe)
Points of Interest
*first album "Something In the Still" released in May 2006, peaked in the top 10 on CKUA Radio/campus stations across Canada, and #1 on CJSR Radio
*second album "The Great Divine" released in April 2008, reached #1 on the CKUA/CJSR Radio charts, and the top 10 on National campus radio stations
*won 2nd place in the 2017 Cari Cole Step Up practice hours competition
*won honourable mention in the 2017 Cari Cole Step Up Songwriting competition
*received a personal invitation from Fred Eaglesmith, to perform at his Southern Ontario Picnic
*graduated from the Grant MacEwan University music program
*sang backup vocals with the Joel Kroeker Collective
*received 2nd place in "The Best of the Backdraft" competition
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