Montreal-based Caila Thompson-Hannant, aka Mozart’s Sister, is set to release her latest album Field of Love on Arbutus Records this Friday, a throw-back to Nineties dance pop and all its glittery, upbeat glory. Thompson-Hannant started working on the record in 2015 as a follow-up to 2014’s Being, and says in a press release that the writing process occurred “at a point when
The album kicks off with “Eternally Girl,” an idyllic, charmingly discordant number full of expectation and desire. It makes sense as an opening track – she’s diving headfirst into her music and the feelings that inspired it, simultaneously putting a more positive spin behind the usually stigmatized act of giving yourself entirely to a partner. Following that, “Moment 2 Moment” plays through a first date, full of uncertainty and excitement relayed by punchy drums and pointed synths that emphasize a youthful delight.
Her single “Angel” brings things down a bit, ethereal and drowsy. Thompson-Hannant’s vocals rise and fall in a beautiful cacophony alongside slow, bubbling synths that both puncture and echo it. It’s the type of song that’ll resonate after it ends; listeners will be inclined to hold it as dear as the heavenly partner Thompson-Hannant places on a pedestal in the song’s narrative. Almost everyone has entertained the idea that someone they’ve fallen for is literal perfection, and this track does that all-encompassing type of love a justice.
“Bump” is more provocative and titillating, hinging on repetition and charismatic production. Similarly, penultimate track “My Heart is Wild,” is a whirlwind, up-tempo dance track with just a hint of drama to it. Both tracks feel destined to get large crowds moving, satisfying those cravings for a crowded dancing floor. These tracks assert Thompson-Hannant’s empowering confidence; she pursues romance on her terms, a nod toward the importance of self-preservation in a relationship. She gets caught up, falls head over heels, but doesn’t forget the dance she performs is a delicate one.
“Who Are You” grounds the album; Thompson-Hannant belts “I love you” over and over, the passion and dedication dripping from her vocals. It’s a reflective and honest piece about devoting yourself fully and totally to someone, the reimagining of screaming your love from the top of a building. As if those declarations weren’t enough, Thompson-Hannant closes the record with “Baroque Baby,” describing her partner as a picture of perfection who was “good from the start” as their relationship comes full circle. Sonically, the track milks a nostalgic Nineties R&B vibe, at some points recalling Destiny’s Child classic “Say My Name” with its drops and fast-paced vocals. Overall, the album brims with peppy, feel-good vibes that’ll have you swooning, both for its musical content and maybe your own special someone.