Music Monday: Serena Ryder
March 24, 2014
While she's been around for a while, making big strides over the years opening for Aerosmith and winning a handful of awards, Canadian Serena Ryder only just popped up on my radar. This single won me over with its catchy sound and her slightly scratchy, old-school vocals that would be right at home in the era of vinyl. When I managed to listen to the rest of her latest album Harmony (2013), I was hooked and it's been on repeat ever since. There's a stirring emotionality packed into her songs that I haven't heard in awhile. I dare you to listen to "What I Wouldn't Do" and fight the urge to jump in the car, roll down the windows and feel the wind in your hair, or hear the throwback sound of "For You" and not make Adele comparisons. Or at the very least, want to shake up a very dirty martini.
And it appears I'm not the only one. Later this week in fact, Serena is up for Juno Awards in pretty much every category she qualifies for. So pop on the album, dance around the flat in your underwear (or, ahem, however you enjoy music) and cross your fingers for her to win. Here's to more albums like this one.