CBC Music: Live Sessions and Concerts54:37Bonjay - First Play Live Session
Bonjay - First Play Live Session
7 months ago
In 2010, Alanna Stuart and Ian "Pho" Swain released their Bonjay debut. The critically acclaimed EP Broughtupsy was the start of something special. Stuart's voice was a revelation: powerful and gospel, groomed from growing up in the Jamaican Pentecostal church, and Canadian indie-influenced from coming of age alongside the emergence of bands like Arcade Fire and Feist. Bonjay's unique sonic blend of dancehall, electronic and experimental pop, futuristic soul was more a first draft blueprint than a map back then, but the foundation was clear. Bonjay was a band to watch, the next generation of a more complex, diverse and cool iteration of what it meant to be a Canadian musician. And then, nothing. Until mid-2018. It was eight years in the making, but Bonjay were back with their full-length debut album Lush Life. The record's title is a fitting description of the sonic landscape Stuart and Swain crafted over the album's nine tracks. Every song is vibrant and evocative, high concept without sacrificing any emotional weight. Not long before the record's official release, Alanna and Ian performed most of the songs from Lush Life at CBC Music in Toronto in an intimate and amazing studio session for a live audience.