"I’m learning how to say goodbye / to let you go and face the tide / to wrap my feelings in a song", sings Dana Gavanski on the title track of her debut LP Yesterday Is Gone. To wrap her feelings in a song: this is the task Dana has dedicated herself to with this record. It’s a goal common to many songwriters, but few approach it with such aplomb. By turns break-up album, project of curiosity, and, as Dana puts it, "a reckoning with myself", Yesterday Is Gone is her attempt to "learn to say what I feel and feel what I say": an album of longing and devotion to longing, and of the uncertainty that arises from learning about oneself, of pushing boundaries, falling hard, and getting back up.
Born in Vancouver to a Serbian family, Dana has always harboured a desire to sing. In her final year of university in Montreal, she picked up the guitar left by her ex-partner and decided to re-learn. But with a father in film and a painter mother, other art-forms clamoured for her attention. She spent a summer as her producer father’s assistant in the Laurentians, in a derelict hotel-turned-office that looked like something out of The Shining. The long days behind a computer cemented her desire to make music, "because it was so impossible to play that I needed to, in order to feel like it was real". The income she saved that summer funded a year of writing religiously, leading to EP Spring Demos in September 2017, which Dana describes as "whatever was coming out of me. A flood".
Yesterday Is Gone reflects Dana’s aim "to make something bigger, more thought through". The record is a co-production between Dana, Toronto-based musician Sam Gleason, and Mike Lindsay of Tunng and LUMP. While Sam helped Dana bring out the tunes, Mike’s input marked "the beginning of developing a sound that was closer to what I had in my head". The album shape-shifted as it passed through the hands of Dana, Sam, and Mike, taking on different tastes, feelings, and visions.
1. One By One
3. What We Had
4. Good Instead of Bad
6. Yesterday Is Gone
7. Small Favours
8. Everything That Bleeds
9. Other Than
10. Memories of Winter
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