Recorded at Quebec’s Mechanicland Studios and in frontwoman Katie Munshaw’s mother’s basement, The Sun and Her Scorch was produced by Dizzy and mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, Florence + The Machine.) The album is a candid exploration of the messiest, most raw emotions young people experience in 2020, laden with confessions of insecurity, resentment and fear of failure. “[Dizzy’s debut] Baby Teeth was all about the confusion and sadness of my late teens, but this one is more about the qualities of myself that I’m not very proud of,” Katie says. “I wanted to be completely honest about the things nobody ever wants to admit, like being jealous of your friends or pushing away the people who love you. So instead of being about romantic heartbreak, it’s really about self-heartbreak.”
The album’s deeply personal lyrics are infinitely brightened by Dizzy’s buoyant melodies, with brothers Alex (guitar), Mackenzie (bass) and Charlie Spencer (drums) creating an eternally sunny indie pop sound to compliment Katie’s blissful vocals. It all comes together to create something that sounds entirely fresh and youthful, but with a timelessness and knack for impeccable songwriting which far belies the band’s years.
The band’s new single ‘The Magician’ is also released today alongside a new video, filmed by Katie and Charlie in Katie’s childhood bedroom during isolation. Speaking about the track, Katie says: “The song is about wanting to magically bring a friend of mine who passed away back to life. To me ‘The Magician’ reeks of naivety and innocence in a way that really hurts my heart. Hoping she’ll walk into my gig at the local pub, hoping to see her mom at Sobeys just to remember how similar their laughs were. Hoping for magic. It’s a really emotional song for me but is masked by tricky, pretty production to make it sound almost joyful.”
‘The Magician’ follows lead single ‘Sunflower’ which has garnered support from BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders and Radio X’s John Kennedy, and has boosted the band’s total streams to close to 25 million. The four-piece recently completed a UK tour alongside Oh Wonder, having previously toured with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie and Tokyo Police Club, and appeared at London’s All Points East Festival. The band’s next UK date takes place at London’s Lafayette on November 18 (tickets available here.) Their debut album Baby Teeth won the Juno Award for Alternative Album of the Year in 2019 and garnered international praise from the likes of The Times, Beats 1, NME and Stereogum, who described the music as “a dreamier update of Lorde’s sleek, minimalist pop-rock.”
‘The Sun and Her Scorch’ will be released July 31 on Communion Records, including the below tracks. Pre-order here.