Pop Music for the 21st Century. "Modern Romantics" nominated for Pop Recording of the Year at 2012 Western Canada Music Awards
Talk about starting with a bang!
Adaline achieves near Judy Garland levels of melodrama on "That's What You Do Best", the stately electro-torch song that opens her latest album, Modern Romantics. But she doesn't get there without boxing your ears with wiggy sax (from Shuffle Demon Richard Underhill) and unhinged guitar solos (by Hawksley Workman) on the way. It's what Adaline does best; elegant structures that happen to be wildly hooky.
"It's a pop record," she says of her sophomore effort, "but certainly not straight down the middle. I have pop sensibilities, but I hope I come across as a little deeper than a pop tart." Deeper by orders of magnitude, based on the sheer stylistic scope of Modern Romantics, and the quixotic path it takes through sexy, minatory trip hop ("Keep Me High"), smartly built robo-pop ("The Noise", "Sparks", "Stereo"), and even the sad-erotic cabaret of "Cost Is Too High (Not To Love)".
Recorded at Toronto's Canterbury Studios, Adaline and her collaborators and co-producers Hawksley Workman, Marten Tromm, and Tino Zolfo have made the kind of record that's invested with depth you only ever get from high-end, ultra-talented music nerds.
Since its release on Light Organ/Universal Records on November 1st, 2011 the album has received strong praise from music critics. The Grid TO calls it "hook-y without being soulless, and patchwork in the most flattering sense. Think of this as pop, unpackaged." The Uniter states, "A strong sophomore release from a crucial new voice" and CBC Radio 3 deems the album "A visionary classic from one of Vancouver's best up and coming talents: a breathtaking in-depth journey of the imagination."
Modern Romantics entered the Earshot Top 50 on Nov. 29th 2011 making top 20 charts across Canada. "That's What You Do Best" had an impressive 12 week stay in the Top 30 on CBC Radio 3. The music video for the first single "The Noise" was premiered on Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine Online in January 2012. The video broke into the Top 20 on Much More Music and garnered over 100,000 Youtube views in its first week.
The television and movie world also took note of the album. Shortly after its release, the song "Say Goodbye (I Won't Even)" was featured on the Grey's Anatomy mid-season finale (Nov. 2011). A couple weeks later, Adaline's song "Sparks" was again featured on Grey's Anatomy with almost back-to-back episode placements. Other music features include 90210, Ringer, Royal Pains, Rookie Blue, Degrassi, The Listener, Bomb Girls, Lost Girl, Flashpoint and the new Samuel L Jackson movie, The Samaritan.
Since her debut release Famous For Fire (2008), Adaline has been interviewed on ETalk, MuchMusic, ET Canada and has toured across Canada sharing the stage with esteemed colleagues Blonde Redhead, Wild Nothing, Dan Mangan, Ryan Guldemond (Mother Mother), Hannah Georgas, and The Sheepdogs. She has played numerous festivals including CMW, NXNE, Junofest, Sled Island and Breakout West.
Recently, the album also earned a nomination for Pop Recording of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards which took place in September 2012 in Regina, SK.
In addition to recording her third album early this summer, Adaline just collaborated with Brendan Canning of Broken Social Scene for the score of the new Bret Easton Ellis film, The Canyons, starring Lindsay Lohan which will be released Spring 2013.