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#ottmusic weekly: Gianna Lauren, Seiiizi, PaulStar added to the @apt613 playlist

By Apartment613 on November 2, 2020

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“Libra Szn” by Seiiizi and Yvng Griot // We know very little about astrology, but the music writers at Apartment613 know a jam when they hear one. For this new track, “Libra Szn,” Ottawa DJ, producer, and rapper Seiiizi collaborated with Yvng Griot, trading verses and taking the chorus. (Bandcamp)

“Closed Chapter” by Gianna Lauren // The latest single from Gianna Lauren is a blunt look at the vicious and endless cycle of social media on our lives. A new video for the song was featured in Consequence of Sound, in which Lauren explains her influences for the song, and was added to the New York Times music critics’ weekly playlist! In a couple of weeks, the songwriter’s fourth album Vanity Metrics will be released on the Forward Music label. Recorded at the Old Confidence Lodge in Nova Scotia (with her Ottawa-based band), Lauren says the album title refers to “useless music industry data” and the way in which worth is dictated by plays and likes. (Bandcamp)

“Find Myself” by PaulStar // Alt-rocker and producer PaulStar dropped this EP and single with the same name in early October—it’s taken us a few weeks to catch up. “This song is about spiralling through dark times, and how you need to find that balance in life,” he says. “I’m happy to say that music has helped my broken heart heal and that, no matter what obstacle you may face, you just need to keep going.” Nominated for an International Indigenous Hip-Hop Award for Best Producer, PaulStar (aka Paul Napash) is stepping out from behind the studio mixing console to debut this EP of his original music.  A member of the Eeyou Istchee community, born and raised in Chisasibi, Quebec, the multi-disciplined Cree artist says he “bathed in music from infancy” thanks to his uncle’s weekly band rehearsals. “I quickly got into how music can act as a unifier within a community. I picked up a guitar at age nine, and realized there’d be no returning on this musical journey.” (Bandcamp)

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