It’s pretty impressive these days to have have your first album noticed by anyone in this busy world, let alone nominated for a national award.
That’s exactly what’s happened to newly formed Canadian female singing trio Trent Severn.
This is by no means the first project for any of the members of the band, which consists of Emm Gryner, Dayna Manning and Laura C. Bates. Gryner and Manning both have previous solo albums that have been nominated for a Juno award and violin player Bates divides her time with several other groups including The Boxcar Boys. The name of the band comes from a national park nearby the band’s home town of Stratford, Ontario.
The first track on their self-titled debut album “Snowy Owls” immediately brings to mind shades of CSNY – tight three part harmony giving way to a trippy bass and electric violin bridge.
The album is produced to be true to their sound – no overdubbed tracks – just songs delivered in the fashion you would see live. The groups harmonies are impeccable and their voices blend together and compliment each other perfectly.
The songs are inspired in rooted in the Canadian spirit – tracks like “Bluenose on a Dime”, “Muskoka Bound” and “Mulroney Times” are sure to please fellow canucks.
The disc also has some more pub inspired tracks like “Answers” – which really stand out from the rest of the production – which has a more northern 60′s folksinger vibe.
Overall the disc is enjoyable and was nominated for several Canadian Folk Music Awards. You’ll want to keep this band on your radar – I think this group teamed up with the right producer could produce a killer second disc.
Trent Severn is available on iTunes.
Conjuring up a northern 60's folksinger vibe with tight three part harmonies as sweet as maple syrup.