After the release of power pop conjurer, Tanaya Harper’s new EP, Montreal which landed on September 17 via MGM, she had the EP Launch at Perth institution Lyric’s Underground on Saturday, October 2 with support from Grace Sanders and Julia Wallace.
Featuring the punchy 2020 single ‘Emma’ and woozy follow up, ‘Bad Faith’, Montreal also offers a B-side of live reimagined tracks from Harper’s performance at last year’s Tender is the Night backyard concert.
Covering themes of recklessness, recovery, exhaustion, and elation that come with the territory of living with bipolar disorder, Montreal is a direct extension of Harper’s 2020 EP Slow Motion Breakup.
EP opener and first lifted single, ‘Emma’ is a lush dose of danceable catharsis, while ‘Bad Faith’ presents a shift in mentality, serving hazy bedroom introspection.
The title track is a wandering ballad that begs the question ‘where now?’ and ‘Slow Motion Breakup (Part 2)’ offers a short and sweet postscript to its former half, finding closure as Harper repeats the mantra ‘I don’t want to see you anymore’.
Harper’s live recording of her favourite tracks ‘Slow Motion Breakup’, ‘Don’t Go Outside’, ‘The Well’, ‘Dissociate’, ‘The Dark I Love’ and ‘Graceless’ make up the Tender is the Night B-side, originally offered as a stand-alone digital release last year, with Tanaya Harper donating 100% of proceeds from the Bandcamp sales to assist Perth Bushfire victims.
Featuring fellow Ghost Care bandmates Beau Torrance on lead guitar and Luke Del Fante on drums, with Sara McPherson (NEW TALK, Ursula) on bass, Montreal was recorded and mixed at Blackbird Sound Studio with Dave Parkin (Jebediah, Abbe May, Spacey Jane) and mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound.
Stream Montreal below.