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Veda Hille is rocking again with a new album & perspective 

“I suddenly wasn’t the most important person in the world.”

click to enlarge KATE HENDERSON
  • Kate Henderson

For singer-songwriter Veda Hille, emotional forces parallel natural ones. On her new album Love Waves, feelings harden into pebbles, lyrics echo like a tide at the shore, and romance is felt with a physical strength that could topple buildings. A couple of special projects aside, it's Hille's first album of new songs in nearly eight years. And in many ways—from its synth-focused sound to its lyrical directness—it's unlike anything the shape-shifting Vancouverite has done before.

"After my son was born almost eight years ago, I did a lot of work with theatre and commissions," Hille says in advance of her Company House show with Kim Barlow Thursday night. "There was a big shift in my writing when he was born, which was that I suddenly wasn't the most important person in the world anymore."

After years of collaborating on special projects, Hille found herself missing "songs for their own sake." She ended up writing the songs that would later become Love Waves during a residency in Berlin—a city whose musical heritage inspired the lush sonics of the album.

"The sonic direction was decided before the songs were even written," says Hille, citing David Bowie's 1977 album Low as exemplary of the inspiration she found in Berlin. "I wrote the songs knowing that I wanted them to have heavy synth layers, and also knowing what John"—Collins, Hille's producer—"can do with MIDI, which is kind of phenomenal."

Hille's lyricism is simpler than ever on Love Waves, filled with punchy, repeated phrases that leave room for instrumental experimentation and reference the seismic phenomenon for which the album was named. Beyond its origin story, this album is one of emotional and melodic clarity. "I mostly wrote about where I am now: family, kid, husband, being an old lady and all that stuff," says Hille with a laugh. "I figured those were things that hadn't been written about enough in pop music."

Kim Barlow w/Veda Hille
Thursday, June 9, 8pm
The Company House, 2202 Gottingen Street


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