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'Listen,' recorded during Laura Hickli's residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in late 2018 tells the story of a young artist recovering from traumas that affected her trust in herself. It is cognitive behavioral therapy in action. The slow and steady reassurance in the legitimacy of one's own thoughts and value after years of self-doubt and second guessing. It explores dissociation from self and the ignorance of mental health illnesses for the comfort of other people, and how that never got her anywhere.
I’m trying to get into my world
but I am in it already
just in denial of what’s around
I am ashamed of how I feel
I cover up my own depression and anxieties
to put everyone else at ease
When will I listen to my head?
It’s speaking to me
but I always shut her down
I think everybody else is more compelling
and guess that I never have the answers
But the older that I get
I’ve noticed that the things in my head are proven right time after time
and people like the way I think
yeah, people love to hear all the moving pictures playing on repeat behind my shutting eyes
Pretty sure the answer is 1+1 is 2
Why do we always seem to fight what we know is true?
released April 19, 2020
Songwriter / Performer / Co-Production: Laura Hickli
Mixing / Co-Production: Taylor Cochrane
Mastering: Brock McFarlane of CPS Mastering
Recorded at: Banff Centre for Arts + Creativity
Photography: Sara Kuefler (Grey Hills Studio)