Vibrant Canadian Indie-Pop Duo Adera Releases “Little Feather”

Adera is an eclectic indie-pop duo from Vancouver, BC, Canada. Formed in 2016, their unique

sound came from years of experimenting with the same songs until its founders Tomás Valenzuela and Tiffany Calderbank landed on something they felt they hadn’t heard before. Adera most recently orchestrated its sound and live show to include saxophone, guitar and drums while still holding onto its vibrant synth sounds, introspective lyrics and soft vocal tones. Their second EP is set to be released late 2019, stay tuned!

The opening melody throughout “Little Feather” presents a completely unexpected structure. The lyrics are simple, the leading voice has a certain easy going joyfulness about it, and the simple few notes that make up each line create an immediately memorable, minimalist yet rhythmic thread, which continues to keep you involved from start to finish. Musically, this song has a slightly retro ambiance. The beat, synths, and softly spoken leading voice all make for a simple soundscape that comes with a fairly robotic sense of movement and progression. Things continuously evolve in a manner that refuses to succumb to your expectations. Again, this is something that ties in with the lyrics of the song and it just makes sense. From a songwriting perspective, the track leaves you contemplating that melody and that hook over and over. It’s the perfect, unexpected ear-worm of the moment. 

Check out “Little Feather” here and read more with Adera below! 

Hey guys welcome to BuzzMusic! Can you start by introducing yourselves? What role does each of you play within Adera?

Hey! Thanks, we're Tomás and Tiffany. We make up 2/5 of Adera. Tomás is our resident producer and composer. I, Tiffany, tend to mostly do writing and "composing" if by composing you mean messing around until something sticks. We have three other members who play with us live. Luke on sax, Anthony on guitar/samples mostly, and Trent on drums.

How and when did Adera come to fruition? How did you choose the name?

Adera started in 2016. Tomás and I met at Community College studying music. A mutual friend of ours mentioned to me that he and Tomás were going to try starting up a band and they needed a drummer. At that point I was focusing more on drums so I got in touch with Tomás and he said I was in! We didn't have any songs though haha. So the two of us started sending ideas back and forth until we had some demos together that we liked. The name is actually a street in Vancouver. I was using it as my fake band name for a school assignment where we had to make an artist website. We both thought it had a nice ring to it so we used it. Google Translate told me that it means "to adhere" in Romanian. I don't know if that's true but I'm rolling with it right now because I've found meaning in that translation. I like to think that we use "adhere" to mean "to represent truthfully and in detail." I think that is how both Tomás and I try to live so it's a nice reminder to be honest with yourself.

Can you dive into more details on the lyrics of “Little Feather”? What inspired this song?

Little Feather is about realizing that you can get better too. Specifically talking about mental health. I don't know if anyone else gets like this but sometimes I look at the lives of other people a bit too much. So I'll see people who have improved themselves and think - yeah makes sense. But then it would seem impossible for me to get better. One of my big struggles has been with anxiety. It's so intense because my mind is always looking for something to go wrong. I kept getting these migraines because I would get so anxious. I got so sick of them one day so I did a ton of research on the topic and tried out different ways of managing them. It took a really long time but I got the migraines to happen less and less. So, that's where this song came from. It sort of hit me that - I did it. I was like those people, I got a little better. If I did - then can't anybody?

What do you hope your fans take away from it?

I don't really know. I think I just thought it would be cool if it brought hope and encouragement to someone. Really, if it can bring any general positivity to anyone, that would be awesome. Life is just so tough for all of us and we can always use some encouragement.

Do you have any hints of tour dates or upcoming show you’d like to talk about?

We have a show coming up pretty quick. We're playing at The Fox Cabaret in Vancouver, BC with Chersea and Royal Oak on August 31. Here's a link to tickets if you want to come hang!

Thanks so much for reading and thanks BuzzMusic for the questions!


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