Dana Gavanski: Yesterday Is Gone
The Montreal singer/songwriter teases a debut album with a title track that evokes pure ‘60s pop in delightfully sweet fashion.
By Kerry Doole
Dana Gavanski - Yesterday Is Gone (PIAS/Full Time Hobby): The Serbian-Canadian singer/songwriter Dana Gavanski releases her debut album, Yesterday Is Gone, on March 27 via top indie imprint Flemish Eye Records. She has just shared the album’s title track, accompanied by a bright and playful video directed by Nina Vroemen in Montreal’s Metro underground.
"The song Yesterday Is Gone is more of a straight pop song than the others on the album,” says Gavanski in a label press release. “It’s about the intractability and muddiness of time passing. At the time I wrote the song, I was super into '60s pop music and the idea of what makes a classic song classic. I was toying between being more obvious in my lyrics and progressions while still tending to feelings hard to describe.”
The track does indeed sound like something a young Marianne Faithfull or Francoise Hardy could have recorded back in the '60s. This is pure pop, delivered without affectation by Gavanski's sweet and clear vocals. At just 2.30 in length, this is a tiny gem, one whetting an appetite for the album.
The press release describes Yesterday Is Gone as "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. Yesterday Is Gone was co-produced between Dana, Toronto-based musician Sam Gleason, and Mike Lindsay (Tunng and LUMP).
Earlier this week, Gavanski began a UK tour in support of Damien Jurado, to be followed by her own European shows. Dates here.
PR: Ken Beattie, Killbeat