Toronto singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Abigail Lapell is no stranger to transience, having toured all over North America during the last few years. But with the release of her new record, “Getaway” (out Feb. 1 via Coax Records/Outside), she’s looking to dig her feet into the ground and appreciate the life around her. Recently engaged, she is becoming comfortable with the idea of putting down roots in her hometown of Toronto and within the security of another’s love.
“Getaway” is Lapell’s way of both appreciating the life that she’s lived and looking forward to a distinctly different dynamic through which she can explore and sustain her own personal creativity. Collecting stray fragments of country, classic rock, blues, indie rock and folk, she uses them to examine the experiences which have shaped her as a person and those that have yet to reveal themselves to her.
On “Devil in the Deep,” she offers a bluesy, electrifying stomp that grapples with the particulars of inspiration and the creative process. Her voice is incandescent and clear, watching over the rugged rhythms and providing the necessary guidance to get them where they need to go. Bright and empathic, her guitar compliments her voice perfectly, twin expressions of a specific emotional resonance.
"'Devil in the Deep' is kind of a rock anthem that's equal parts religious symbolism and nursery rhyme," Lapell explains. "I'm fascinated by these very stylized, mythical kinds of language -- the devil in music is such a timeless cliché, and water/redemption imagery crops up a lot in my songs on ‘Getaway.’ To me, the devil figure in this song is something dark and enthralling but also a bit playful, like a trickster -- maybe a good metaphor for the process of creating art."