David Edna is an artist from Montreal who recently released an eleven song self-titled album David Edna. It contains eleven songs and is a demo quality DIY effort. The production is lo-fi but the songs are well written. The entire album is sung in French and Edna explains that the songs are a mix of rock, kid’s songs and pop melodies.
He opens “Aventure” which If I had to guess veered towards a kid’s song. The xylophone and melodies seemed like they would work for an early morning kid’s show. You could make that argument for “Dans ton salon” as well; however this song felt like a more straight up pop song. It revolves around vocals guitar, bass and drums.
“Sur le bord de l'océan” was a highlight. The vibe felt a little it leaned more towards indie rock. It’s a catchy song but goes by fast. “Capitaine Sourceaux” is an upbeat and hopeful sounding piece and a personal favorite while “Delire” has a garage rock feel not too far off from The Strokes if they spoke French.
“La cruauté (au nom de...)” has a dreamy atmospheric feel to it. A clear highlight was the slower paced “Japenese Cats.” The piano was hypnotic and the vocal delivery was solid. With that the song has a vastly different feel than some of the songs that feel like they could be kid’s songs. “Voyage Inter-Galactic” has elements of surf rock while “Lost In Ether” is a slow moving instrumental track.
The songs on this album feel pretty scattered and I didn’t come away with feeling like I had a good grip on what the sound he was going for was. It felt like a loose collection of songs that were independent of each other. That being said the songs unto themselves were well written and I thought the majority of the songs were solid.
Edna mentions that he wants to perform these songs with a band. I think that would be a good idea. The songs felt fitting for a full band and I think other members might be able to bring out some more of the potential of his songwriting.
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