Q&A with rising electropop singer Russell Louder

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Singer-songwriter Russell Louder has made huge leaps in the early stages of their career. In the span of three years, they were a finalist on CBC Music‘s Searchlight competition in 2019, and their upcoming album has been listed on Exclaim!s 29 Most Anticipated Canadian Albums of 2021. Since the release of their acclaimed single ‘Light Of The Moon’ in 2019, they are excited to announce their debut album HUMOR with the public. 

While we wait in anticipation for this dynamic talents’ new album to be released, you can feast your audio palette on their attention-commanding single ‘HOME’. Dazzling with electro-pop notes and delicate and airy vocals from Russell, ‘HOME’ is a thrilling listen for anyone in search of a brighter horizon.

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We spoke with the one to watch – Russell Louder below.

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Please describe your sound for us.

A singer arrives on another planet with nothing but a microphone and then gets flung out into a galaxy where the air is hot pink. And their mic explodes into a million blue flames.

Your vocals are mesmerizing and emotionally weighted in your latest release ‘HOME’. What were your intentions with this single?

My main intention was to set the tone for the album; to have ‘Home’ come to the listener as an introduction.

How did it all start for you?

I moved to Iceland for a few brutal months in 2015 where I taught myself how to produce and record.

Which three artists would you say made you want to create your own music?

Laurie Anderson, Diamanda Galas, Missy Elliott.

What is your go-to gear/equipment when creating?

Computer, whatever microphone is available, Ableton Live Suite, Logic Pro X, Ableton Push II, whatever mixer is available, a decent pair of Studio Headphones.

What are some of your key influences in your music? Whether it be the sound created by others, imagery, films or any kind of art form.

Ingmar Bergman films, Miranda July’s work, Russian Doll, film scores.

What is one sub-genre you think doesn’t get the attention it deserves?

Genre isn’t something I think about.

 How do you feel about releasing the single and your upcoming album, HUMOR?

I feel great about releasing this collection of work.  It is a culmination of the past 4.5 years of songwriting and production. I have worked tremendously hard on it

Any new or upcoming artists on your radar?

Lxvndr, Vince the Messenger, Eve Parker Finley.

What single night out has been the most memorable for you? As a performer? As an attendee?

I like partying in my hometown, Charlottetown.  The arts scene is really accessible and, for the most part, unpretentious.  Nobody is working hard to impress each other or peacock how cool they think they are. When I think of my fondest memories being out at night, I think of partying after a crew of Charlottetown weirdos had just taken over a dive bar to put on an amazing show.

What can we expect from you in the near future? Any upcoming projects in the pipeline that you would like to tell us about?

Music videos and live performance videos.

HUMOR is set for release on the 26th of February via Lisbon Lux Records.

HUMOR Album Tracklisting

1. Home

2. Cost Of Living

3. Light Of The Moon

4. Vow

5. Outside

6. Hello Stranger

7. Know The Game

8. Lavender

9. Go Now

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