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First Play Live: Louise Burns, Portraits

The Vancouver songwriter performs songs off her new album.

The Vancouver songwriter performs songs off her new album

Louise Burns in Studio 211 (A.J. Leitch)

Louise Burns says she is rarely confessional with her songs, but writing her newest and fourth solo album, Portraits, forced her to open up more than ever before. 

To write the record, the Vancouver-based singer returned to Los Angeles, the city where she got her big break at an early age as the bass player in pop band Lillix. It's a city that brings about many mixed feelings for Burns: a life in the music-industry machine is chock-full of its ups and downs.

But today, as a seasoned songwriter, Burns is able to focus these emotions straight into her writing, creating lush dream-pop, post-punk soundscapes on Portraits that are autobiographical in nature.

Burns joined us in the CBC Music studio — accompanied by a phenomenal band featuring Meg Contini and Carleigh Aikins(vocals), Alex Glassford (drums), Jody Glenham (keys/vocals), Robert Tornroos (guitar), and Gord Hyland (sax) to perform songs off Portraits.

You can listen to the entire live concert on CBC Listen, and you can watch her performance right here.

Louise Burns performs "Like a Dream" for CBC Music. 4:00
Louise Burns performs "Cry" for CBC Music. 4:47
Louise Burns performs "Over You" for CBC Music. 4:25
Louise Burns performs "Cherry" for CBC Music. 4:31
Louise Burns performs "Cheers" for CBC Music 3:40
Louise Burns performs 'Clowns" for CBC Music. 4:12
Louise Burns performs "Everything You Got" for CBC Music. 5:15