Dana Gavanski will release her debut album, Yesterday Is Gone, on 27th March via Full Time Hobby. To celebrate she has presented its elegant and brass draped title track, as well as an accompanying video.
‘Yesterday Is Gone’ is more of a straight pop song than the others on the album,” says Gavanski. “It’s about the intractability and muddiness of time passing. At the time I wrote the song, I was super into 60s pop music and the idea of what makes a classic song classic. I was toying between being more obvious in my lyrics and progressions while still tending to feelings hard to describe.” Its accompanying video, directed by Nina Vroemen, is vibrant, and features Gavanski. It was shot in Montreal’s underground Metro.
By turns break-up album, project of curiosity, and, as Dana puts it, “a reckoning with myself,” Yesterday Is Gone is an album of longing and devotion to longing, and of the uncertainty that arises from learning about oneself, of pushing boundaries, falling hard, and getting back up. Moments of beguilement splinter a backdrop of tenderly picked guitar, bass, synth, and poppier elements, which commune to produce her own kind of wall of sound. Each component is meticulously placed, yielding a deeply sincere response to the chaos of human emotion.
Yesterday Is Gone was co-produced between Dana, Toronto-based musician Sam Gleason, and Mike Lindsay (Tunng and LUMP w/ Laura Marling). While Sam helped Dana bring out the tunes, Mike’s input marked the beginning of developing Dana’s sound.
“Often we have to go a little far in one direction to learn something about ourselves,” Dana says. The months of solitary writing and self-doubt testify to this, but they’ve led to Yesterday Is Gone: an optimistic, steely-eyed gaze into the future.
Unfortunately, it looks as if Dana will have to postpone a number of her live shows originally planned for April /May. Some shows have already been re-arranged for September and tickets remain valid for any re-scheduled shows:
2n -– Pop Up Du Label, Paris
4th – Moseley Folk Festival
6th – End of the Road festival
9th – Deaf Institute OR Soup Kitchen, Manchester
11th – Exchange, Bristol
13th – The Lexington, London