“The new single is one of her strongest yet, with a folk-lead guitar that opens the song up there’s a feeling of calmness with the keyboards twinkling away with what seems like a Spanish guitar or harp flowing directly through it all.” – It’s All Indie
MONTREAL (January 2, 2023) – littleuniverses announces the release of the dark atmospheric single “Magic” on January 19. It’s off her debut self-titled album, due out February 10. “Magic” is a love song journeying magic’s elements of earth, fire, water, wind/air, and ether to pay homage to nature, love, and spiritual connection. Instrumentals dance to a whimsical prancing beat, enraptured in littleuniverses warm vocal embrace.
littleuniverses began writing “Magic” during a camping trip in 2021 with her boyfriend. They had gone deep into the forest for a few days without cell phone reception or internet, and the connection between her boyfriend and the elements brought forth this sense of magic. The sheer beauty of nature and their experiences deep in the lush forest inspired the song. littleuniverses says, ” The connection with him and the elements brought forth this sense of magic. The song is symbolic as each verse relates to an element of Magic.”
litleuniverses is joined on the single by Arjan Miranda (Black Mountain) on guitar, tubular bells, Brent Arnold on the cello, and the album’s producer, Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Zola Jesus, Anna von Hausswolf, Myrkur) on synth. littleuniverse plays piano on Magic. Randall Dunn brought littleuniverses’ dark and ethereal, poetic, and cinematic dichotomy to life, reflecting the dark folk and dark gentle core, rock, and jazz styles embraced within the album.
Like a film with highs, lows, and moments of intensity, the album often feels like exploring a lush forest surrounded by trees, rustling leaves, and birdsongs to ultimately create a profound sense of calmness and serenity. The album introspects themes of identity, relationships, struggle, the search for beauty and meaning, love, hope, mysticism, and the passing of time. littleuniverses says, “I approach these topics in my music in a way that is more abstract at times so listeners of any gender can also find a piece of themselves in the music and relate.” The story immerses the listener in each of the songs as if part of the music. It gives a voice to those who have difficulty expressing their feelings and finding comfort along the album’s journey.
- Bird in your hat
- Forever to never again
- Will I be a mother
- Your lake
- Send it away
The Montreal, Quebec artist, littleuniverses aspires to be an artist with an ability to inspire through her craft and connect with an audience from all walks of life. She believes art’s connection to everyone subject to it is unique, and the way it strikes a chord is so deep to provide strength, solace, empathy, and joy, breathing life into all who experience it. littleuniverses went on to work with Scott Jacoby on a series of singles in 2019 and an EP in 2020. On her upcoming album, due out February 2023, littleuniverses enlisted the help of producer and musician Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Zola Jesus, Anna von Hausswolf, Myrkur), musician Arjan Miranda (Black Mountain), and cellist Brent Arnold. The Canada Council for the Arts awarded littleuniverses a grant to fund the creation and album release.
Praise for “Magic”
“‘Magic’ is a thoughtful and deceptively dark new release from littleuniverses” – Clout
“dark folk with delicious hints of ethnic intermingles, being driven primarily by the FANTASTIC voice of the Canadian singer and songwriter, which combines emotional eagerness with very refined technique in her singing.” – Music for All
“Faint, delicate, yet utterly enthralling nonetheless, littleuniverses lights a fire on “Magic” that’s seductively soothing.” – Find No Enemy
“With her powerful and soft voice mixed with guitars, cello, and bell, the artist manages to captivate the listener from the first note.” – Info Music
“littleuniverses’ ‘Magic’ Single Takes Listeners on a Whimsical Journey” – ElNews
“the melody that is played in ‘Magic’ is simply magnificent” – Iggy Magazine