"Currently, it seems like there are only two types of Canadian singer-songwriters: those who strive to sound like Jeff Buckley and those who strive to sound like Leslie Feist. Terra Lightfoot has crafted a third, more interesting option: none of the above." - Exclaim! Magazine
Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing is indisputable: Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent.
Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneliness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe, whether on slow-burning soul ballads or hard-charging rock numbers.
On stages in France, the UK and across Canada, she has performed alongside heavyweights like Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, Sloan, Basia Bulat, Albert Lee, James Burton, Ron Sexsmith, Whitehorse, The Sadies, Steve Strongman, Monster Truck and Daniel Lanois. She also stays busy as part of country band The Dinner Belles.
In writing and performing Every Time My Mind Runs Wild (out April 14, 2015 on Sonic Unyon Records, distributed by Sony Music Canada), Lightfoot set out to push her limits as a performer and challenge herself creatively.
Where her debut was given to slower, softer songs and a subdued vibe, Lightfoot’s new album crackles with immediacy and demands attention. From the moment you put it on, the album announces Lightfoot’s arrival as a confident and natural lead performer.
Recording her sophomore album, Lightfoot says, made her a far more disciplined songwriter. That transformation took place early in the songwriting process. Holing up with headphones and a stack of vintage pop and rock albums, Lightfoot pulled apart songwriting mechanics, mastering tonic chords and middle eights and learning to craft memorably sticky choruses. She spent the weeks leading up to the recording sessions honing the album’s songs — working and reworking them until they were taut and lean. And then she hit the studio.
Lightfoot praises the supportive production team of Gus van Go and Werner F, who she says approached her material with a light and respectful touch. Tracks like “NFB,” “Emerald Eyes” and “Splinter” were recorded live off the floor over the course of a single day, a sprint made more urgent by the fact that the studio’s air conditioning was on the blink. Elsewhere, the pair took a more meditative approach, filling out tracks like “Moonlight,” “No Hurry”, “Never Will” and “Left Alone” with choice details. They also enlisted the talents of keyboardist Liam O’Neil (The Stills) to round out the core trio of Lightfoot (guitar, vocals), Matthew Fleming (bass) and Joel Haynes (drums).
From start to finish, the results are radiant and remarkable. Lightfoot’s touchstone influences — blues legends Leadbelly and Lightnin’ Hopkins, soul greats Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, jazz titans Nina Simone and Billie Holiday — are fused with songs that evoke the burly soul and bounding rock of Them or Creedence Clearwater Revival.
For all those comparisons, however, one listen to Every Time My Mind Runs Wild will convince you that Lightfoot is an inspiration all her own.
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Hamilton-based singer/songwriter Terra Lightfoot was dealing with a lot while writing her self-titled debut: she lost a relative, close friends lost relatives and she left a serious relationship. Sorrow looms large on the album, yet Lightfoot never lets herself bask in mourning for too long, picking herself up and charging on. Lucid Dreams, about longing an old love and trying to let go, splices quiet folk ruminations with fits of loud indie rock. Heads, Tails, Tails is a plaintive acoustic tune in which Lightfoot’s pretty coo punctuates
the underlying temper. Also part of alt-country gang the Dinner Belles, Lightfoot channels her rustic roots pedigree with forays into twangy pedal steel and good-time banjo from the backing band (members of Huron and A Northern Chorus). Lightfoot’s songcraft is so darn lovely it's easy to find joy in even her heaviest introspections. –
Julijana Capone, Uptown
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Hailing from Hamilton, Ontario, Terra Lightfoot embarked on her first Canadian tour in support of her self-titled debut album. Explaining that she had never journeyed beyond Manitoba, it was quite obvious Lightfoot was delighted to come see the West for herself as she entertained the audience with tales about tour life. Her brand of music is rather hard to categorize. It could simply be described as indie-folk infused with math rock sensibilities. She possesses an amazing, full-bodied voice that echoed throughout the tiny space, and it kept the audience in awe. –
Jamison Troy, Discorder
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With her thoughtful, rustic, indie folk material, Terra Lightfoot, no relation to Gordon, makes an earthy debut. The Hamilton singer-songwriter’s voice is rich, malleable and melancholic; her material is grey-coloured, a shade of November. Sleep Away the Winter, a swelling waltz about social hibernation, is the album’s biggest track. Head, Tails, Tails is sparser and sweeter. The rest of the material is fit for sweaters and cellos, providing those in a mood some measure of comfort. –
Brad Wheeler, Globe & Mail
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Terra Lightfoot-debut album review
You will soon be treated to a new artist. Her name is Terra Lightfoot
a 25 year old singer, songwriter, and musician from Canada. On
September 13th her self-titled album from Sonic Unyon Records
will be released. The album ranges as a folk, country and acoustic
ensemble. Terra has had a few ventures in other projects during her
development. They definitely set the tone for where the artist has
stemmed her musical focus from. The Dinner Belles, a country roots based band, and Secret Heights,
a folk duo she collaborated with a friend of hers, Cam Malcolm. Terra
has recruited the experience and talents of producer/ engineer Dale
Morningstar a very well-known figure in the indie rock scene. If you
feel you enjoy these styles of music, you will agree that this was a
perfect setting for a debut album.
Very calming in most parts of the album. But there are signs of triumph, breakthroughs, and cleansing of the soul. For country/ folk/ Indie rock this is such a great center. You can please the pallet of many sides of various genres with her music. You can listen to this when you are lying out in a field with your iPod contemplating the day. You can listen to it while you are thinking about a loved one, or one who is no longer a loved one. This is music to put in your car for a long drive down a country highway. No matter how you want to listen to this album I believe you will find at least a few of the songs the will attract you to her soulful heart bearing sounds, and lyric writing.
All of her songs seem to come deep from the heart and experiences from the artist. There is heart break and hope in all of the words. It is sometimes hard to find feeling in some artists songs. I believe that she has captured the feeling very well. “Sleep Away The Winter” deals with a friend who had decided to shut the rest of the world out “Think of the dark places you hide. Where it’s comfortably cold and you stay out of sight, to avoid the day as it slips away.” Simple poetry from the soul. ”Lucid Dreams” helps heal the torments of an ended relationship. There is no doubt that she feels the experiences in when she wrote and performs the songs.
I truly liked this album very much. There is an unwavering depth in her voice that makes you want to feel what she is feeling. This album stretches the talents of its creator. It seems like a full on testing of herself while still knowing and being able to control her ranges. The musicianship falls in line with the feeling of the lyrics in great fashion. Every song tells a story that needs to be heard.
This is a must get for anyone who enjoys calming acoustic sounds. She is planning a North American tour in the fall. That is just talk at this point. I do hope it becomes reality. If you can feel her this well through a produced recording…Imagine how you will feel seeing her express herself live.– Jeff, indyconcerts.com
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