LOA is a new wave R&B singer-songwriter who’s out to shake up a prairie scene that’s known mostly for folksier/rootsier fare. This spring the Queen City-based musician released her debut EP Tide along with a music video for the lead single “Funeral”. You can find her on social media at @LOA3WITCH, and all streaming services. Here are six of her favourite songs. /Gregory Beatty
Kendrick Lamar | Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012)
I jammed this CD in my old Santa Fe way more times than I care to admit. Kendrick’s flow on this record is just undeniable, and it made me completely fall in love with him as an artist.
Sylvan Esso | Self-titled (2014)
This track takes me back to Koh Tao Island, Thailand. I spent an amazing summer travelling with friends, and this song will always remind me of the one we lost. This one’s for you H.
“A Boy Named Sue”
Johnny Cash | At San Quentin (1969)
Johnny was a favourite around my household growing up. My grandpa was a big fan, and so all of us kids grew up singing the lyrics to this song.
The Weeknd | Beauty Behind the Madness (2015)
This song came to me through one of the emotionally hardest, yet most fun summers I’ve ever had. It’s so badass, and always reminds me of house boating on the Shuswaps. I even performed it as a cover for a few of my first shows.
The Mamas & The Papas | If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1966)
A car ride classic. This song reminds me of long hot summer drives to family reunions with my mom and brother, no A/C, just The Mamas & The Papas.
“This Is What It Feels Like”
Banks | Goddess (2014)
The first time I saw/heard Banks was at Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal in 2015. She changed the course of my life with her incredible sound and style. I draw a lot of influence from her in my music.