Last year, Vancouver’s Nat Jay crashed the Cheryl Cole, Taylor Swift and Charli XCX party on my Top Pop Albums of 2014 list with her stunning debut album, All I Think When I Wake Up. This album is nominated for Pop Album of the Year at the 2015 Western Canadian Music Awards happening later this month.
To celebrate her nomination and help a wounded nation heal from the Avril Lavigne/Chad Kroeger split, Jay releases an encore EP, Quiet Dreams, on September 8th.
Among the EP highlights, two acoustic versions of songs from the album, plus ‘Something This Way Comes’, a duet with Hey Ocean! lead singer, Ashleigh Ball, and a lovely rendition of Pat Benatarâ€™s ‘We Belong’.
â€œThereâ€™s an intimacy in an acoustic performance that can be extremely moving for the audience, and as a listener, this has always been my favorite kind of music to experience,â€ said Jay at the EP’s completion. â€œIt was exciting to see these songs come to life in such a quiet and simple setting. Itâ€™s something Iâ€™ve always wanted to do and I was lucky to be joined by some amazing guests on the album who helped bring out the character of each song.â€
To keep score at home, here is the dancier album version of the single, ‘Can’t Getcha Out’ that Popdose premiered a year ago:
Plus an encore posting of my personal fave, ‘Built a Wall’: