Published Jan 15, 2015A veteran of the Toronto music scene, Tamara Williamson is prepping her eighth solo album Sister Mother Daughter Wife, and Exclaim.ca is pleased to premiere the first single "Victoria."
She's collaborated with the Rheostatics, Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene and Absolutely Free; toured with Jewel, Oasis and Feist; and produced records for Rachel Smith and Barzin. But the forthcoming albums sees Williamson pursuing her own music once again.
That doesn't mean that others didn't influence the new material, though. Each song on Sister Mother Daughter Wife was inspired by a different woman with her own unique story.
Lead single "Victoria" was spawned from a story she heard on the radio.
"One morning in 2013 I was driving my son to school listening to The Current on CBC," she explained in a statement. "I was pulled into a story about a woman from Argentina named Victoria Montenegro. At the age of 20, Victoria found out that the parents who had raised her were not her family and had been responsible for her abduction as a baby. After many years of searching Victoria found that her father had been a victim of the 'death flights' where thousands of young Argentinian citizen's were thrown alive from planes into the Atlantic Ocean. Her mothers body has never been recovered."
With such a powerful origin story, it's no surprise that the song itself is a solemn, emotive number. Thumping percussion and Williamson's gorgeous voice propel the track through both sad and hopeful moments.
Listen to "Victoria" in the player below.