July 9 2013
Louise Burns got some high-profile help when making her sophomore solo album, The Midnight Mass, which features production from Sune Rose Wagner (of the Raveonettes) and Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain, A.C. Newman). The album drops on today (July 9) via Light Organ Records. The new songs find Burns venturing in a more dreamily synth-heavy direction, with sonic touchstones including the Cure, Berlin-era David Bowie and Dum Dum Girls. The recordings include contributions from a slew of guests including Cat Power's Gregg Foreman on guitar, Ladyhawk's Darcy Hancock on guitar, Dum Dum Girls' Sandy (a.k.a. Sandra Vu) on drums, Brasstronaut's Brennan Saul on drums, Sun Wizard's James Younger on guitar, and Fond of Tigers' Jesse Zubot on violin. The songwriter is currently gearing up to tour later in the summer with Lightning Dust, with whom she will sing backing vocals, in addition to performing her own set. - Alex Hudson (Exclaim.ca) Purchase "The Midnight Mass" HERE
January 16 2012
Check out the premiere of Louise's video for "Drop Names Not Bombs" on American Songwriter here
November 15 2011
Congratulations to Louise Burns on her 2011 CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards nomination for Best New Artist
October 6 2011
For Immediate Release Thursday, October 6, 2011. Vancouver's Louise Burns announces lives dates with Matthew Barber. Singer also releases new video for Mellow Drama's 'Island Vacation'. Vancouver -- Louise Burns is excited to announce a string of live dates in Ontario with Matthew Barber. Vancouver's Light Organ Records released Burns' debut album Mellow Drama earlier this year in Canada to critical acclaim which culminated in its inclusion on the long list for the Polaris Music Prize. Recently, the album was released in the United States and debuted on the CMJ Top 200. Check out the new video for Mellow Drama's 'Island Vacation' by clicking here. Louise Burns applies her influences across the board on Mellow Drama. It's an album that weds ringing clarity to emotional truth over 11 originals and one gorgeously wrought cover of Leonard Cohen's "Gypsy's Wife". Even in the circling, endlessly recursive swirl of the Mazzy Star-esque “Clean” or the minatory shoe-gazey ballad “Ocean Grey”, Burns and her production cohorts Dave Ogilvie and Kevin James Maher keep it trim. Burns plays nearly every instrument on Mellow Drama which finally opens the book on a personality that was submerged during the artist’s long apprenticeship years. She has been a desperately sought bassist who co-founded all-girl, twice Juno nominated rockers Lillix at the age of 11 and who has played ace wing-person to a slew of Vancouver bands ever since, most notably for her blood-sisters in the Blue Violets. Louise Burns Live Dates November 10 - The Red Dog Tavern, Peterborough+ November 11 - Live At The Opera House, North Bay+ November 12 - The Black Sheep Inn, Wakefield+ November 16 – The Princess Cinema, Waterloo+ November 17 - Aeolian Hall, London+ November 18 - The Music Gallery, Toronto+ November 19 - Dublin United Church, Guelph+ November 24 - Pearl Company Theatre, Hamilton+ November 25 - The Grad Club, Kingston+ November 26 - Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto# + with Matthew Barber # with Cuff The Duke The sound of the record is broad and reverberant, as if you’d walked into a big half-empty club and heard someone with talent who hasn’t been discovered by many people yet. That’s exactly the case with Burns – though maybe not for long. – The Globe and Mail The ghosts of Buddy Holly and the girl groups of the 60’s hover teasingly over Louise Burns’ Mellow Drama, which is beautifully nostalgic in its sound and utterly modern in its sensibility. – Elle Imagine if someone had taken a bunch of seven-inch singles from an old jukebox and mixed it all up on one album.Louise Burns did just that, and it sounds pretty amazing. – Vancouver Province
August 31 2011
It's an exciting day for Light Organ, our very own Louise Burns has herself a feature on rollingstone.com. Check it out here and downloaded "Drop Names Not Bombs" for free!
June 16 2011
POLARIS MUSIC PRIZE ANNOUNCES THE 2011 LONG LIST Toronto, ON (June 16, 2011) The Polaris Music Prize Long List was revealed by Steve Jordan, PrizeFounder and Executive Director, at a press conference held at the Drake Hotel in Toronto earlier today. This is the sixth year of the prize, which awards $30,000 to the best Canadian album, judged solely on artistic merit, without regard to genre or record sales. The Long List consists of the top 40 full-length Canadian records released from June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011, according to a vote by the 227 members of the Polaris Music Prize jury. The jury consists of music journalists, broadcasters and bloggers from across Canada. No music industry personnel with direct financial relationships with artists vote for Polaris. “An unprecedented number of jury members agonized over paring their ballots down to five choices. In our view their careful consideration has culminated in thebest Long List in our history,” said Jordan. Jordan also announced that the Long List is being presented by Recordings Arts Collecting Society, a division of ACTRA. “The Polaris Music Prize is an important event for Canadian recording artists and is one of the few awardswhere the winner is chosen based solely on artistic merit,” said Ferne Downey, ACTRA National President. “ACTRA RACS is thrilled to come on board to sponsor this year’s Long List and celebrate the best music our country has to offer.” The Polaris Jury will now vote to reduce the Long List to the 10 title Short List which will be revealed July 6 at the Drake Hotel in Toronto on a live broadcast on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Canada’s channel 152 and CBC Radio 3. The winner will be revealed Monday, September 19 at the Polaris Music Prize gala. The event will also be broadcast live on SIRIUS Satellite Radio Canada’s channel 152 and CBC Radio 3 and will be held once again at CTV’s Concert Hall studios at Toronto’s Masonic Temple. The show will also be broadcast on MuchMusic and muchmusic.com. The 2011 Polaris Music Prize Long List: Arcade Fire - The Suburbs Austra - Feel It Break Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart Braids - Native Speaker Buck 65 - 20 Odd Years Louise Burns - Mellow Drama D-Sisive - Jonestown 2: Jimmy Go Bye Bye The Dears - Degeneration Street Destroyer - Kaputt Diamond Rings - Special Affections Dirty Beaches - Badlands Luke Doucet and The White Falcon - Steel City Trawler Eternia & MoSS - At Last Galaxie - Tigre et Diesel Jenn Grant - Honeymoon Punch Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972 Hey Rosetta! - Seeds Hooded Fang - Album Imaginary Cities - Temporary Resident Land Of Talk - Cloak and Cipher Little Scream - The Golden Record The Luyas - Too Beautiful To Work Malajube - La Caverne Miracle Fortress - Was I The Wave? One Hundred Dollars - Songs Of Man Doug Paisley - Constant Companion PS I Love You - Meet Me At The Muster Station Daniel Romano - Sleep Beneath the Willow The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing Ron Sexsmith - Long Player Late Bloomer Shotgun Jimmie - Transistor Sister Sloan - The Double Cross Frederick Squire - March 12 Stars - The Five Ghosts Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges Timber Timbre - Creep On Creepin' On The Weeknd - House Of Balloons Women - Public Strain Neil Young - Le Noise Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting About the Polaris Music Prize The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organization that annually honours,celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing then marketing the albums of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history, as judged by a panel of selected music critics. For more information on the Polaris Music Prize, visit polarismusicprize.ca. Media contact: Joanne Setterington Indoor Recess (416) 703-5217 firstname.lastname@example.org
June 9 2011
NOW Magazine reviews Mellow Drama - read the article here.
May 11 2011
Tune into CBC Radio 3 this Friday, May 13th to hear our very own Louise Burns guest hosting from 2-5pm.
April 15 2011
http://thetyee.ca/ArtsAndCulture/2011/04/14/LouiseBurns/ Let's get one thing out of the way right off the bat: Louise Burns used to be in the squeaky-clean pop group Lillix. In case you need a refresher, Lillix was semi-famous in the early part of last decade, signing to a subsidiary of Warner and writing songs with the ultra-commercial hit machine the Matrix (Avril Lavigne, Katy Perry, Shakira). The band cropped up on Hollywood movie soundtracks like 13 Going on 30 and Freaky Friday, and they got plenty of play on MuchMusic. Despite these inauspicious beginnings, there's nothing prefab about Burns' solo debut, Mellow Drama. In a press release announcing the album, the Vancouver-based singer-songwriter espoused '50s and '60s rock 'n' roll, saying, "There’s no bullshit. They didn’t have access to all these whistles, bells, and Auto-Tune, and no matter what you do with it, it’s just a good song.” There's definitely no bullshit on Mellow Drama. These 12 tracks are pop in its purest form, with infectious melodies paired with raw guitars and punchy drums that sound like they were cut live off the floor. The single "What Do You Wanna Do" sets its melancholic lyrics and brittle guitar tone against a bubblegum bounce, while the fuzzy "Paper Cup" brims with eerie organs and twangy surf licks. Given Burns' love of stripped-down recordings, it's not too surprising that Mellow Drama is a gem of a decidedly unpolished variety. The guitar plucking on the barebones acoustic waltz "Island Vacation" is noticeably clunky, and Burns has a tendency to sing slightly out of her range, which means that she strains to hit the high notes on "Teen Angst." Such moments, however, are all part of Mellow Drama's charm. Burns' songwriting chops here are undeniable. The sultry "Burning Bridges" sounds like a long-lost Pretenders cut (in quality as well as style), while the mid-tempo strummer "Drop Names Not Bombs" winds its infectious melody around quivering call-and-response harmonies. It remains to be seen whether Burns' solo work will achieve the same mainstream success as Lillix. But as anyone who checks out Mellow Drama will hear, Burns doesn't need the Matrix (or anyone else) to help her write a winning pop song.
April 5 2011