Steeped in vintage sensibilities and powerful emotion, paired with her dreamy, delicate vocals reminiscent of the crooners of eras past, Avery Dakin fuses old and new in her dynamic, thoughtfully crafted music. Dakin’s lyrical sensitivity, unique storytelling, and varied arrangements and styles can be found, emerging from the shadows into the light, in her debut EP “Settle Down”, which grapples with themes of mental health, love, loss, and living with a heart that is entirely too big.
From its first track, “Dissatisfaction”- a hazy, pulsating meditation from a rainy busstop- to its final track, “Quarantine Lovesong”- a wistful imagining of isolation bathed in late afternoon sunlight and escapism, “Settle Down” EP is both punchy and mellow; sweet and sour; plucky and soothing; nostalgic and new.
Dakin’s soft-hearted, soulful accounts of life’s most intimate moments are youthful and refreshing, sometimes playful and cheeky, while still reflecting her old soul and capacity for rawness. Cushioned within lush, shimmering harmonies and longing melodies, bathing in a soft sweetness, this sultry yet earnest music implores you to sway along to the sounds of heartache, introspection, and a woman finding her voice in spite, and because of it all.
This vulnerability and care has earned Dakin 3rd place in The Coast's 2021 Best Of Halifax Awards for Best New Artist, performances at Halifax Jazz Fest, Evergreen Fest, and Nova Scotia Music Week, and sold-out shows across Nova Scotia.
Now you can also find Dakin's newest single Self Preservation, a jubilant assertion of self love and independence, on all streaming platforms. This shiny pop anthem is accompanied by Dakin's first music video.
Between performing with her 7-piece band across Nova Scotia and teaching music, Avery has been busy writing and co-producing her debut album, Bloom, set to be released on July 7, 2023.
Keyboard & lead vocals: Avery Dakin
Drums: Matthew Schofield
Bass: Henri Sangalang
Guitar: Dan Stewart
Trombone: Dylan Hay
Trumpet: Joel Hughes-McKay