This Is the Sea
'Sarah Kenvyn writes affecting songs with a beautiful voice. Her album [...] is a mix of acoustic, folk-flavored pieces, with a touch of jazz, that features the song 'This is the Sea.' A multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, Ontario in Canada, Kenvyn grew up in a rural area where she studied saxophone, guitar and piano. She later took up the cello, flute and trumpet. Her music is reminiscent of other piano-pop chanteuses like Tori Amos or Regina Spektor.' (NPR) This is the Sea, released June 2010, is Sarah Kenvyn's debut studio album. As a multi-instrumentalist and do-it-yourselfer, Sarah wrote, performed, arranged, produced, engineered and mixed all the tracks in her little studio in Toronto. She had some help from the legendary Ferron who provided some backup vocals on the track By Committee, as well as from long-time producer and musician John Switzer who provided additional bass tracks on Why, Gutter Street, and Love Falls Apart, as well as being a consultant on the whole process. However, other than this small amount of contact with the outside world, Sarah crafted this album over a span of 12 years, in her spare time, alone in her home studio, little by little. The resulting limited release is a collection of unique, memorable, and emotionally affecting songs that reflect the long journey that they have undergone. In an interview with NPR: 'The song 'This is the Sea' is sort of a collection of feelings really,' says Kenvyn. 'It's partly about the process of writing - how big of a battle it is sometimes - and how lonely and isolating it can feel. It's also partly about how I have learned to use my voice - the fact that I have had a hard time being loud, projecting, taking up space, asking for what I need or want, especially when I was kid and teenager struggling with depression and feeling like I was a thousand miles away from everyone else. But also, at the same time, feeling this intense calling to be exactly where I was, in that far away place, and learn to feel my way around it. That that was the whole point.' bio: born at home on Withrow Street in Toronto. Many people were present, many pictures were taken. My sister was the first to hold me. Grew up in the country, had many invisible friends, saw fairies, played on hay bails. My mother - a singer, my father - a writer, in their spare time, and hearts. Left home at 17 to work in Zimbabwe. Traveled aimlessly. Started many things... Worked for non-profits, for corporations, for the government, for myself. Studied Chinese medicine, environmental science, Buddhist meditation and the human brain. Learned to dance, to fight, to stretch, to sew. Learned to appreciate my mother's breathing lessons. Spent a lot of time getting comfortable in my skin... and the last 12 years making this album.