Lindsay Pawlyk is a rising folk-alternative artist hailing from Selkirk, Manitoba. For the past few years, Lindsay has been writing and performing at local Winnipeg venues, crafting her musical and literary styles. Lindsay emerges with her highly anticipated release, Coil, released in February 2007. Coil is an atmospheric journey that draws the listener into a collection of intriguing stories. The leadoff track, In the Dark, is a mysterious account that commands the attention of the listener. The title track, Coil, is a minimalist recording unveiling Lindsay's vulnerability, a contrast to Cold Grey Stone, a punchy rock poem about disconnected city living. Her songs explore everyday life through the eyes of a discontent speaker, calling attention to the details of her surroundings and innermost thoughts. "There is certainly contradiction in this album," Lindsay says. "I wanted to bring out the detached reaction I got from moving to the city from the country, but also be defenseless and exposed and personal." With her vocal range of a melodic whisper to a defiant howl, Lindsay delivers this aim with Coil. Lindsay grew up in a musical environment, learning piano throughout grade school and studying trumpet for six years. She taught herself to play guitar, with some instruction from her mother: "My mom played rhythm guitar in a punk band when she was younger. She helped me get started." Growing up in the prairies of rural Manitoba offered Lindsay a welcome sense of isolation. "I grew up surrounded by fields and forest. It offered a lot to the imagination, and I would go outside in our little forest and sing as loud as I wanted to," Lindsay laughs. Lindsay wrote many songs throughout her teenage years, but it was not until her twenties that she felt confident about her songwriting. "I moved to Winnipeg, went to school, lived by myself...it was definitely a very formative period. It was a long way from the teen angst driven stuff I wrote earlier on. Having more life experience was the key for me, but I'm still young and have a long way to go." Lindsay began performing with gigs held by campus groups at the University of Manitoba where she studied. Onstage, Lindsay is magnetic, crafting loops of vocal and guitar melodies into lush harmonies. The calm intensity of her performances grabs hold of the listener and does not let go. Since the release of Coil, many doors have opened for the rising musician. Lindsay has opened for folk-rock artist Dan Bern on his most recent North American trek. Her onstage experience also stretches abroad to Europe, performing in Berlin as part of a Popkomm showcase in 2006. Coil has also hit CBC and campus radio airwaves garnering further exposure for her music. Coil is here and Lindsay Pawlyk has arrived.
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