Lou Canon is an indie folk singer/songwriter from Toronto. Until about two years ago, she was a first grade teacher with a passion for music. She played the guitar and other instruments recreationally and she had written a few songs, but she didn’t really have any intention of doing anything with her songs.
A couple of Christmases ago, Lou Canon got an unusual gift from a somewhat famous family member. I guess her extended family draws “secret Santa” gifts. Her name was drawn out of the hat by her brother-in-law, the indie-folk rocker Hayden. His gift to her was a couple of hours in his Toronto recording studio. It was meant to be nothing more than committing a couple of her songs to tape. They never intended for anything real to come out of it.
“A couple of songs” blossomed into a plan to record a proper EP. That blossomed into ten songs and a full length album. Nine originals and a breathy, sexy cover of The Cure’s “Close to Me”. I don’t know how many of the songs Hayden had a hand in, but he produced the album, released it on his Hardwood Records imprint, and he sang a little on today’s song. I’m guessing that he wrote the song, because it’s got “Hayden” written all over it. The fact that it’s piano-centric. The pacing of the vocals. The actual words.
I can’t remember how I first heard about Lou Canon, but it was last spring or so. The album wasn’t available here in the US, but I could access a couple of the songs. The very Julie Doiron-ish “Heart Of” was probably the first thing I heard, followed by the “Close to Me” cover. I knew that Hayden had a hand in it, but I didn’t know until just now that they’re in-laws.
Today’s song is the only one that is obviously influenced by Hayden. It’s the only one that sounds like him. “Heart Of” sounds like Julie Doiron. There are a couple of tracks that remind me of Forest City Lovers.
Without further ado, here’s today’s song:
“In Fall” by Lou Canon
I’m not gonna lie. I love the harmonies. That’s really no secret, anyway. I’m a sucker for a co-ed harmony.
Even though I really like the song, I’m not nuts about the coda. I kinda wish that it just ended cold at 1:55 instead of dragging out the instrumental part of the song.
My favorite bit is the section between 1:11 and 1:20
I just can’t seem to find
What it is that I want
It’s always let behind
What it is that I need
I especially like the “want” and “need” harmonies. Brilliant.
You can order a digital copy of Lou Canon from her bandcamp page.