Friday Nov 16, 2012 8:30 PM - Friday Nov 16, 2012 11:00 PM | $24.51
11/16 Fri 8:30 ~ DALA ~ $22.50 +$2 processing
On their fifth studio record, Best Day, Dala's central message is as simple as it is compelling; if you're unwilling to celebrate the impermanence of life as well as its constants in equal measure, you're cheating yourself.
It's a sentiment the Toronto-based duo of Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine express concisely on the album's title track, Best Day, and a reflection of the way they look at both their individual lives and their musical partnership. "Life is short," Walther says. "You don't know how long you have with the people you love, so you need to live every moment to the fullest, which isn't a bad thing to be reminded of frequently."
That's an assertion Dala underline beautifully by bracketing Best Day with 'Life on Earth' and 'Still Life'; two songs that encourage listeners to view their lives as masterpieces in the making, regardless of the materials they're given to work with.
Put bluntly, you have to experience winter to enjoy the spring, a point driven home by the freezing weather Dala find waiting for them upon returning to Canada after a run of California shows in February 2012. It is the coldest day of the year thus far, but neither seems to mind. "We push each other to enjoy every moment, regardless, and we take great delight in where we are right now," Carabine says.
Dala have every reason to do so. Since the release of their debut, This Moment is a Flash (2005), the response from fans and critics alike to their insightful brand of acoustic pop has been uniformly enthusiastic. Their 2009 release, Everyone is Someone, received critical acclaim in the EU as well as in North America, with The Irish Post lauding it as the Album of the Year, and National Public Radio's 'Folk Alley' calling 'Horses' one of the Top Ten folk songs of 2009. In Canada, Everyone is Someone garnered Dala their fifth Canadian Folk Music Award (CFMA) nomination and a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Folk Group. Additionally, their 2010 live CD/DVD, Girls From The North Country, won the pair a 2010 CFMA for Vocal Group of the Year, a JUNO nomination for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year: Group and was broadcast repeatedly by PBS outlets throughout North America.
Dala are grateful, but they tend to measure the success of their records according to more personal benchmarks, such as how well a given record reflects their friendship and how it might enable them to connect more effectively with their audience. Best Day is no exception. "We really feel this album represents all of the aspects of our personalities, individually and together," Carabine says.
Characterized by Carabine and Walther's signature harmonies, and underpinned by relatively sparse accompaniment from piano, acoustic guitar, ukulele and only minimal drums, the result is surprisingly lush, particularly on tracks featuring string arrangements by Chris Bilton, Asher Lenz and cellist, Kevin Fox, such as Not Alone and Great Escape.
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