Bria Cuntry Covers Vol. 1 Colored 12" Vinyl EP
Bria is an intimate and incisive labor of love from multi-instrumentalists Bria Salmena and Duncan Hay Jennings. Catapulted by a deep sense of dread and confusion in the depths of 2020, Salmena decided to forgo writing her own music. "I wanted to listen for what might reflect my life back to me," she says, "six tracks that could be my mirror."
The result is a pointillistic knockout of an EP that weaves a landscape both luscious and a little rogue; showing us exactly what good songs can do. Bria's internal turbulence seemed to mirror last year's external instability. When Jennings and back-up singer Jaime McCuaig moved to The Outside Inn, a hobby farm in Hockley Hills, Ontario, Bria soon joined.
The farm's living-room-turned-studio proved an ideal setting for the long-time friends to compile a record of handpicked country covers. They went searching for songs that could speak to our everyday loneliness; outside and in. Cuntry Covers Vol. 1 houses it all: well-worn favorites and lesser-known gems.
The record opens with "Green Rocky Road," as performed by Greenwich Village legend Karen Dalton. Jennings' twangy guitar carries Bria's original inflection and richly textured vocals, complete with dreamy overlay. "Dreaming My Dreams With You," a rendition of the Waylon Jennings hit, is followed by John Cale's "Buffalo Ballet," a lyrical journey through Abilene, Texas, the endpoint of the Chisholm Trail.
Engineered and mixed by Jennings, each song brings desire and sexuality front and center, with all the swagger you'd expect – and more. Bria hopes the record will be understood as a small contribution to the subversion of a genre with deep patriarchal roots. Mistress Mary's "I Don't Wanna Love Ya Now," from the 1969 album Housewife, served as the original inspiration. "It was the first song Duncan and I worked on," Bria notes.
Bria Cuntry Covers Vol. 1 Track Listing:
1. Green Rocky Road
2. Dreaming My Dreams With You
3. Buffalo Ballet
4. Fruits Of My Labour
5. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
6. I Don't Wanna Love Ya Now
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