Erika Lamon wonders when you’re going to to Catch The Light of love on her charming folk-pop single — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
A preview of her upcoming debut album Hues, the Kingston singer-songwriter’s latest track proves that good things are worth the wait: The track actually dates back to 2015. “I remember sitting with a guitar at my in-law’s kitchen counter and playing it for the first time for Max, my now-husband and producer, and everything was there.”
But the tune is no museum piece, she insists — it benefitted from catching a little creative light of its own. “A lot of things appeared at the last minute in the song as people got creative: the bass swells, the backup vocals … Even the guitar solo wasn’t part of the original plan. That’s the beauty of art: Those unscripted moments make a recording what it is.”
Similarly, life’s unscripted moments — love affairs, personal epiphanies, memories and even messy situations — are what inspired the songs that make up Hues, her long overdue return following the 2017 release of her debut EP. “Music, for me, is about connecting to ourselves and the world around us through story,” she says. “And when we made the demo for Catch The Light, all I could think was: this is the start of that story.”
The recording process began in 2020 with Lamon sitting in the middle of her home studio with “lyrics from the last few years strewn about me on the floor,” she recalls. “I asked myself: ‘what songs am I really excited about? Cutting it down to 15 songs was tough.” It didn’t get easier as Lamon and her co-writer, producer, and husband Max Nolet continued to write new songs. “But throughout the process, we let excitement be our compass for the album,” she says. “By the end of the winter, we had narrowed it down to a single pile, and Catch The Light was at the top of it.”