Friday, March 15, 2024

Abigail Lapell - "Rattlesnake"

Photo by Jen Squires

The latest single from Toronto's Abigail Lapell exists as a conundrum. "Rattlesnake" is based in traditional folk, but it also sounds completely modern. The track sounds like it has a looping element, and Lapell's electric guitar sounds completely modern. The guitar might be the secret weapon of the song, as it has a modern quality that is somehow haunting. The way the guitar mixes with Lapell's vocals creates this element that is oddly comforting while still clashing a bit. It's like the modern and the past are being forced to find a common ground, and while they are, it's not entirely comfortable.

Abigail Lapell says of her latest single:

“Rattlesnake is an ode to love and superstition. The trad-inspired track combines powerhouse vocals and slightly distorted finger-style electric guitar. The serpentine melody unspools around a catchy refrain, doubling vocal lines about archaic love omens and herbalist incantations to timeless yet modern effect."

You can watch the video for "Rattlesnake" below. Anniversary is due out May 10 on Outside Music, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Abigail Lapell, check out the artist's website. Upcoming tour dates are below the video.

04/10/24 Penticton, BC - Dream Cafe
04/11/24 Nakusp, BC - Bonnington Arts Centre
04/12/24 Vernon, BC - Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
04/13/24 Vancouver, BC - Blueshore
04/14/24 Rossland BC - Flying Steamshovel 
04/16/24 Calgary, AB - The Ironwood
04/17/24 Edmonton, AB - The Aviary
04/18/24 Regina, SK - Artesian
04/19/24 Saskatoon. SK - The Bassment
04/21/24 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre 
05/09/24 Toronto, ON - Both Sides Now, A Tribute to Joni Mitchell | Harbourfront Centre  
05/10/24 Toronto, ON - Both Sides Now, A Tribute to Joni Mitchell | Harbourfront Centre
05/11/24 Toronto, ON - Both Sides Now, A Tribute to Joni Mitchell | Harbourfront Centre
05/12/24 Hamilton, ON - Mills Hardware
05/17/24 Ottawa, ON - Red Bird Live
05/18/24 Napanee, ON - Doghouse Studios
05/22/24 Toronto, ON - TD Music Hall
05/25/24 Greenbank, ON - Greenbank Folk
05/29/24 Montreal, QC - Casa del popolo
05/30/24 Saratoga Springs, NY - Caffe Lena
05/31/24 Northampton, MA - Parlor Room
06/01/24 Cambridge, MA - Club Passim
06/02/24 Exeter, NH - The Wordbarn 
06/04/24 Portland, ME - Oxbow
06/05/24 New Haven, CT - Cafe Nine
06/06/24 Brooklyn, NY - Cafe Wha?
06/07/24 Monkton MD - Loft at Manner Mill
06/10/24 Pittsburgh PA Club Cafe
06/13/24 Chicago IL - Schubas
06/15/24 Ann Arbor MI - The Ark

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