Canadian Singer/Songwriter Ishana Releases New Single
Canada’s Ishana sings her way into a masterpiece in her new intriguing, unforgettable track “Cold Lake”. An introspective and contemplative song, “Cold Lake” invites the listener down a corridor of spinning sounds and a whirlpool of emotions. Ishana, who hails from Montreal, may just have swam her way into our hearts. “Cold Lake” never shivers as much as it shines.
Sounding like she meets in the crossroads of Ariana Grande pop, the balladry of Sarah McLachlan and the eclecticism of Nelly Furtado, Ishana projects an immense amount of diversity in “Cold Lake”. The listener is left in the wake of her dreamy pop beats, dangling on the bright pops and floating away into the sunset with her fragile harmonies. In the stillness of her extended notes are moments when you feel her pain. As a listener you want to crawl into the song and find out more about what makes her sad. The cascading beats, almost like lights flashing ‘walk this way’ or ‘down this path’ urge the listener to keep listening; the listener keeps peeling away the layers to this song and to Ishana’s voice. At times the mix of the song has her voice above the music waves and at other times, she’s mixed cohesively with the music bed. I found this very interesting and it was quite artistic. I think it shows that her artistry is not going to fit the mold, and she’s taking different chances than most.
I do think there is a bright side to this song. When she sings of being overwhelmed or being in the ‘quick sand’ I feel like she’s also making her way out of the muck. She’s evolving as a human being, as a friend, as a lover. She recognizes that the dreariness of her past is currently defining her, but just as the bopping musical beats throw off semblances of light and air, she’s able to climb to the surface and be herself again. I think she wants to remember the metaphorical cold lake as a place that she’s been and has conquered. The music really evokes a changing of the guard, a metamorphic journey. There is such beauty emulating from her voice, but after a few listens, it’s just as fulfilling to dream away into the music bed. I don’t want to give the impression that this song is goth-like, because it’s not. The balance between darkness and light is perfectly in tune. Ishana kept me glued and wanting more.
Ishana calls Montreal home. “Cold Lake” is from her album Old Skin II. Her debut, Old Skin I, came out in February 2019. She plans to have Old Skin III soon, as the intent was always to record a trilogy. Prior to her solo recordings, she was a member of the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, with which she was involved in the closing performance of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and performed in reputable venues such as the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier and the Theatre Maisonneuve. We will have to be patient on what’s next for this daring songstress.