Megan Nash is a Mortlach, Saskatchewan, Canada-born and-based, Juno Award-nominated, singer/songwriter, whose work has long been influenced by the endless skies, endless dust and howling winds of the Canadian prairies. With 2017’s sophomore album Seeker, Nash and her backing band The Best of Intentions — Dana Rempel (bass), Darnell Stewart (guitar) and Tannerr Wilhelm Hale (drums) — crafted a lush soundscape that thematically touched upon heartache, grief, dreams and desire, while revealing herself as the titular seeker, with the suitcase or backpack they never really empty, whose reach often exceeds their grasp.
In the years since Seeker‘s release, Nash life has taken some tumultuously turns, which have inspired and informed the material she’s been working on. According to the rising Canadian artist, the music she has written over the past few years was written “in the cracks of a foundation — in moments of reflection during years of whirlwind romance, gut wrenching heartbreak, reviving friendships and life-saving dog love.” The end result, which began with the release of “Artifact,” late last year, finds Nash at her most vulnerable and honest.
Nash’s latest single “Quiet” is brooding, hook-driven 80s New Wave-inspired anthem (think Pat Benetar, Kate Bush and the like), centered around glistening synths, a motorik-like groove and shimmering guitars that seems to seethe with the slow-burning frustration of awkward and uneasy silences between lovers, who may be on the verge of a crossroads — while literally at a crossroad. As Nash explains the song is about being deserted by a partner in Saskatchewan’s southern plains. “What an unforgiving horizon Saskatchewan has. It can really draw out a goodbye,” Nash explains. “‘Quiet’ was born out of heartbreak and I hope it serves as an anthem for the lonely, the one left behind.”
‘Quiet’, Megan’s latest track, is about lost love; being deserted by a partner in the southern plains of Saskatchewan, Canada. “What an unforgiving horizon Saskatchewan has. It can really draw out a goodbye,” says Megan. “‘Quiet’ was born out of heartbreak and I hope it serves as an anthem for the lonely, the one left behind.”
When on stage, Megan is joined by her performing outfit The Best of Intentions. Despite its antithesis to the heartbreak at the root of the track, ‘Quiet’ is one of their favourite tracks to play live. “The lyrics are personal and heavy for me yet I want to dance when we play it on stage. It contains two truths – life is pain and life is a party,” she says. The music video bubbles with energy being a how-to-guide on keeping fit on tour. The video shows the group performing their spritely keep-fit in colourful spandex – a revival of 80s jazzercize.