Sandra Bouza has a lot to offer through her music and life experience, and on her new LP, Falling Away From Me, set for release in January 2020, the Toronto native shares deeply personal stories derived from living, studying and working all over the world. We’re excited to share the album’s first single, “Almost Love,” which will be available to purchase and stream on Oct. 18.
Falling Away From Me‘s eight tracks together build on the deep grooves of Bouza’s previous EP, Three Years, showing off her sultry, soulful vocals. But what really shines through on “Almost Love” and other standout tracks, such as “Losing You” and “East Side Woman,” is her ability to lyrically examine relationships from all angles—from the thrill of discovery to the fallout of poor decisions. These are songs rooted in hard-earned lessons, a badge of honour Sandra wears with pride.
She explains, “I thought I had to give up music at one point, but when I reached sobriety in 2015, I got an offer to work in Morocco full-time doing music, and that’s where I did a lot of my healing. It was a gift, and then to be able to come back to Toronto and work on these songs and recordings, that was a gift too.”
But as much as she loved playing other people’s songs in Morocco, Sandra eventually wanted to focus on her own material she’d been amassing since her twenties. That fire was fully stoked during a return trip to Toronto where she met producer Hill Kourkoutis (SATE, Jules) and felt an instant musical connection.
Unlike her initial forays into the studio, Hill made Sandra feel comfortable and has helped her sound evolve from Three Days to Falling Away From Me.
“I really wanted a sparse sound,” she said. “I like space and letting emotion fill it. I kept saying that I wanted everything to be heard, including me.”
Calling her EP Three Years was a nod to Sandra’s time sober at that point, and she was rewarded by winning the 2019 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search. Now with Falling Away From Me, there’s no holding Sandra Bouza back.
Go to sandrabouza.com for more information and to purchase/stream “Almost Love.”