I think people want something fresh. As soon as you sound like someone else then it's boring and everyone will always compare you.
—Nathan Krahn, member of From Giants
Three years ago Jaymie Friesen would venture no further than her living room when she sang. Now she's about to release her second album, This Burden is Light.
cellist Nathan Krahn heard Friesen's first album he got so excited he dusted
off his cello and joined the band. "I wanted to be a part of
it," he recalls. "From day one it was - what sort of influences of my own
can I add - where can I go with this."
Members of From Giants in Studio 14 (CBC/Thacker)
Charles Enns had a
similar reaction. "I met Jaymie through some friends. She gave me the
album and I was totally starstruck. When she asked me to come jam I was
totally there. What Jaymie valued was if she could be on the same level,
have a conversation, and laugh while playing music."
Although Friesen writes most of the songs, she does ask for input "It's a two part process. After I write the
song, we collaborate together. I write the lyrics and the foundation of
the song and the second wave of creation happens with the others. Everyone
writes their parts and we discuss the song."
The band describes
their sound as rhythmic, experimental folk pop. They take pride in
having a unique sound. "I think people want
something fresh. As soon as you sound like someone else then it's boring
and everyone will always compare you," Krahn says.
From Giants worked with producer Mike Petkau-Falk on the new album and they are proud of how it sounds. For lead singer Friesen the experience was transformative. "For me it's kind of like capturing a season, like putting a period or book end on that part of my life."From Giants' CD release of "This Burden is Light"
is on Thursday May 9, 8 p.m. at the Park Theatre. Before then, catch three of the band members on SCENE on Air with host Ismaila Alfa on
Saturday May 4. The show airs every
from 5 - 6
p.m. on CBC Radio One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.