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what we say in private

by Ada Lea

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    - Two art prints
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    item ships out on or around July 17, 2019
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1.
04:41
2.
wild heart
3.
02:55
4.
for real now (not pretend)
5.
just one, please
6.
what makes me sad
7.
the dancer
8.
yanking the pearls off around my neck...
9.
180 days
10.
easy

about

Montreal, Quebec-based musician Alexandra Levy -- who records and performs as Ada Lea -- is also a painter and visual artist, and traces of her many creative abilities run throughout her debut album what we say in private, a beautifully colorful collection of profound pop songs to be released later this summer via Saddle Creek.

To her, music and visual art are different vessels for communicating similar ideas. Levy’s appreciation of female artists -- including the writer Sylvia Plath, visual artists Frida Kahlo and Eva Hesse, and musicians Karen Dalton and Nina Simone -- provides inspiration and guidance, informing her use of multiple artforms as tools for self-expression. Whether it’s creating music or art, “It's a world that I can build around me and sit inside,” she says. Through all her work, Levy explores the concept of womanhood as it feels and looks to her, as well as love and how it transforms over time. She doesn’t shy away from exploring uncomfortable and painful emotions, either. With the brightness of love, strength, and hope contrasted with the darkness of loss, suffering, isolation, and abandonment, the Ada Lea album what we say in private is a varied and vivid record that constantly seems to shift in the light, bringing together all the intricate influences she’s collected over the years.

what we say in private began with a need to document the ending of an important romantic relationship. Following a tormented period of staying up all night (sometimes days at a time), frantically painting or writing songs as a means of coping, she journalled for 180 days in the hope of finding herself again. She conducted this period of analysis and introspection in private, like most of her creative pursuits, and the process eventually resulted in a rebirth: a rediscovery of self and a new sense of freedom and self-acceptance.

These chaotic feelings and the resulting catharsis are deeply felt in the final recording of what we say in private. Levy wanted the Ada Lea album to feel like a journal entry from those 180 days as she cycled through emotions. Throughout, she expresses feelings and thoughts that all humans experience behind closed doors and alone, but are conditioned to keep to themselves. This is reflected in the lyrics, the artwork, and the songs -- together forming a public exhibition of deeply private matter. The album is a collection of raw, confessional, and at times messy emotions, presented to a society that can fear such realness, often favoring the uncomplicated, curated, and manicured.

Levy delivers something very special on what we say in private. Bold and daring, but also gentle and vulnerable, the album finds new ways of presenting its vision from one inspired idea to the next, a big leap into the wider world with passion and exuberance.

credits

releases July 19, 2019

Special thanks to to Mom + Dad, Oliver + Simone, Romeo, Franklyn _ Bill (the pups), the Italian and Jewish family, Liberté-Anne, Emilie, Clarice, Jessi, Matt, Eric + US Eric - love you with all my heart, thank you. Beautiful Monse + Catherine for visually and magically bringing the project to life. My new family : Jared, Amber, Robb, Jacob, Apple, Evan D., Evan N. and everyone at Saddle Creek + Next Door for believing in me. Special shout out to Tim for the many hours spent in that little studio, as well as each musician featured on this album... so many other folks. Merci <3

album photography by Monse Muro + design by Catherine Pelletier

all songs and lyrics written by Alexandra Levy
produced by Alexandra Levy and Tim Gowdy (except 5, 8)
recorded by Tim Gowdy (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10) Alexandra Levy (5) Harris Gilbertshper (8)
mastered by Heba Kadry

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. Ce projet est financé en partie par FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et les radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

Made possible with the support of Ontario Creates.

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Track Name: mercury
Is there something big you regret

And it’s eating up any life that is left

And you roam around trying to escape

The awful worm inside coursing through your veins

Nothing here to make a fuss
You’ve made it known that it is time
That close another door

That someone’s not enough

I have always thought so it must be true

In every case i’ve seen even you are proof
There is always one person who does love
Just a little more than the other

Nothing here to make a fuss
You’ve made it known that it is time
That close another door

That someone’s not enough

When you’ve had enough! Doodoodoodo

Now you’re convalescing from the injury
That happened last spring

And it drained you very quickly

And now you’ve had enough!
Track Name: the party
Ditch the party in your beat up truck
You’re always leaving when the night starts

And the moon was a strange shade of green or orange
Was i wrong?
cause i couldn’t tell the difference at all
At all

Made a right turn for the freeway
Stood on the porch watching you get away

And that night was a pure shade of honest
Or something
Was i wrong?
Cause i couldn’t tell the difference at all

At all

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