Unapologetically genuine, wry, and soft-hearted - Mariel Buckley has planted her flag firmly as asongwriter who’s in it for the long haul. She aims to find herself squarely on the fringes andexactly where she belongs: singing and writing songs for the underdog.
Her candor and magnetic live show have been charming listeners across North America sinceher debut LP, Driving In The Dark . With some impressive accolades on the way including Roots Artist of the Year (Western Canadian Music Awards, 2019), and taking home the grandprize of $100,000 from the year long Project Wild commercial radio artist contest, Mariel wasready for her next move.
Now with her debut album and thousands of miles under her belt, Buckley looks to turn country/folk music on its head, with her follow-up album, Everywhere I Used To Be .
Anchored by the haunting whine of the pedal steel, rounded out by heavy synth pads andproduced by Marcus Paquin (The Weather Station, The Barr Brothers, Arcade Fire, TheNational), the resulting collection is a driving, swooning, toe-tapping catharsis; sealed anddelivered by Buckley’s signature crooning brand of angst-ridden alt-folk.
Buckley and Paquin made an intentional move towards decidedly pop/contemporary production,and quickly found themselves in a daily rhythm of deconstructing and rebuilding each song tofind its full potential.
Backed by some of Canada’s finest session musicians, their collective efforts are showcased with abundant heart, and skillful flourishes while respecting the space necessary for the songs to speak.
Perhaps her mysterious ambiguity around genre, traditional storytelling, and identity is whatgives these new songs such an honest shine. Buckley continues to be a trailblazer in her ownright, with a firm grip on the steering wheel and a destination in mind - we’re just happy to bealong for the ride.