Astrid Tanton delivers the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth with her new single and video Jury — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Fresh from her upcoming debut EP, From My Eyes, Jury comes from a place of learning and hurt, the Toronto artist explains. Her message is simple and eternal: There are two sides to every story, and somewhere in the middle is the truth. But Tanton isn’t afraid to expose it.
“People will twist and tell a story to benefit themselves,” Tanton charges. “Jury explores that relationship of being placed as the villain or the bad guy in a story. The concept behind the Jury video follows myself and the jury. The jury represents not only people who are being told a one-sided story, but the intrusive thoughts that can follow you when you are constantly being painted as the bad guy. We all have a story to tell, and have been in the situation of being painted as something we are not — especially when we know the truth. That is the story Jury is telling.”
A pop anthem complete with rushing percussion, chasing handclaps, and low-fi vox, Tanton isn’t afraid to take chances on Jury. She goes full throttle on the track, refusing to take prisoners. She incorporates electric horns, resonating bass; coming up for air, and descending into haunting melancholic tones. Going full throttle could be seen as her M.O.; the teenager is as fearless as they come, having left the village of Verona in South Frontenac for Toronto. Her tenacity to see through difficulties and put a spin of optimism in a world of chaos reflects Tanton’s contribution to the music community around her; she’s not afraid to be honest.
As was the case for musicians around the globe, the 2020 pandemic caused a standstill to live gigging, concerts and shows. And caught in the mix of the mayhem was Tanton, who’d planned to drop From My Eyes in the fall of last year — complete with a touring schedule to promote the release. Forced to move into an all-virtual world of virtual meetings and encounters, Tanton utilized the newfound space in her time to work mercilessly on songwriting. She’s catching her niche and going for it, no holds barred.
“The more than 18 months during the COVID pandemic made life so difficult for so many, and now it’s time for us all to get back on track, roll up our sleeves and share what we love,” Tanton says. “The coming months are a time for us all to come together again, one step at a time.”