On postromantic Toronto-based Vivienne Wilder revels in her Banshee-inspired punk, with the atmosphere of Bloc Party, and the lyrical skill of The Cure’s Robert Smith. This despite a classical upbringing and a multi-genred past. The songs are all post romance; of doomed love; of break-ups, disillusionment, and the loss of innocence.
“I think one of the toughest battles we face as we grow older is the battle of cynicism,” she says. “In their own small way, each of these 6 songs is a miniature war against that cynicism, and a validation of the flawed, fragile ways that we seek and experience love regardless of its temporality.”
As an artist, Wilder approaches song writing as she often approaches visual arts, collages to be pieced together. “Nothing is truly random; everything is connected,” Wilder says. “And I think that when we open ourselves to this, that’s where the alchemy happens.” And within that alchemy – within her past of classical, rock and country music – she has become the new alternative; fierce, essential and masterful.
1. Jimmy [3:16]
2. Never Lovers [2:55]
3. Gem [4:28]
4. postromantic [4:19]
5. Ricky [3:09]
6. Forever for Tonight [3:30]