Slow Leaves - "Enough About Me" (Independent): This Winnipeg-based rootsy singer/songwriter attracted industry attention in 2015 by being selected to the prestigious Allan Slaight Juno Master Class.
Before that, he'd released three albums under his real name, Grant Davidson, while his debut release as Slow Leaves, 2014's Beauty Is So Common, earned critically praise. Davidson will release a new album, Enough About Me, on Aug 11, and he teases the fact with this beautiful title song and video.
He has a warm and understated vocal style, one that to these ears is reminiscent of Doug Paisley. His mellow delivery on "Enough About Me" is neatly complemented by the harmony vocals of Natalie Bohrn.
The low-key video clip was filmed by an unlikely director, Davidson's seven-year son.
“The video is notably the first collaboration between my son and I that has not ended in mutual frustration and conflict,” the singer says. “‘Enough About Me’ is about my inherent selfishness and fittingly features the cuter of us two behind the lens.”
A press release notes that Enough About Me is "his most personal album to date, reflecting on an ordinary life where meaning is invented, and comfort is found in the realization that there are no answers. The album was born of the demos Davidson had recorded in his Winnipeg basement, joined by frequent bandmates and collaborators Jason Tait (Bahamas, Weakerthans), Rusty Matyas (Imaginary Cities, Sheepdogs), and Julie Penner (Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think)."
Slow Leaves begins summer tour dates out West on Aug. 30, followed by October Ontario shows in Orillia, Ottawa, and Toronto, plus showcases at the Folk Music Ontario Conference in Toronto, Oct. 19-21.