The ethereal tones of Serbian-Canadian musician Dana Gavanski can stir a breeze and destroy like a storm. Today, following the release of “I Talk To The Wind,” she shares the second single to be taken from her forthcoming Wind Songs EP, a collection of covers set for release on August 14th via Flemish Eye.
Stream Gavanski’s take on Chic’s “At Last I Am Free” via your preferred platform now.
I only discovered this brilliant song within the last year. Written by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers and originally sung by Chic, Robert Wyatt does a superb cover of it that just blows my mind, with his bizarre but amazing vocals and arrangement: that soft and gentle mellotron flute that pushes the song along coupled with his shrill wizardly voice. The way he makes the covers he’s done his own has been a big inspiration on making this EP. He does a super beautiful rendition of “Te Recuerdo Amanda” by Victor Jara that is equally as bizarre, and a totally different world from the original.
– Dana Gavanski on “At Last I Am Free”
Writing is how Gavanski makes sense of life’s bumps in the road. Her debut album Yesterday Is Gone — which will get an overdue proper release alongside the EP — took shape after she returned from a writing residency in Banff, Alberta where she’d begun to learn the art of being alone with her emotions. Rooted in the intimacy of folk songwriting, it explores a different sonic texture and as a full band, Gavanski co-produced her record with Toronto-based musician Sam Gleason, and Mike Lindsay. Yesterday Is Gone is Gavanski’s attempt to “learn to say what I feel and feel what I say” through her own beguiling sound, with each component meticulously placed and yielding a deeply sincere response to the chaos of human emotion.
For now, all Gavanski wishes is for Wind Songs to be enjoyed whilst she tentatively feels her way and steps towards giving her album the full attention it deserves. “Often we have to go a little far in one direction to learn something about ourselves,” she says. With an optimistic, steely-eyed gaze towards the future, it looks like Gavanski has no choice but to keep going, wherever the wind may take her.