Darcy Windover / Cope
Release Date: Spring 2019
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Americana
Songs by Darcy Windover and Stacey Dowswell (MAPL/SOCAN)
Produced by John Dinsmore
at Lincoln County Social Club, Toronto
Mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel
Ask any artist why they make music and chances are they’ll say that, at least in part, it’s a form of therapy. That was definitely true for Darcy Windover as he made his latest album whose title, Cope, pretty much says it all.
For the Toronto-based singer/songwriter originally from Sarnia, Ontario, the new 10-song collection is the summation of a difficult period, encapsulated in the album’s opening track “How To Be Lonely,” which Windover specifically wanted to release to help fight the stigma surrounding anxiety and mental illness. Windover had previously entered the song in the 2017 edition of CBC’s Searchlight contest where it earned a more than respectable showing among the thousands of other entries. That momentum helped Windover complete Cope a year later with producer John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards, NQ Arbuckle) and his trusted band, including co-writer and duet partner Stacey Dowswell. Together, they built on the foundation of “How To Be Lonely” with songs that look at the causes and effects of mental illness from various perspectives.
But what perhaps is most impressive about Cope is its immediate sonic appeal, particularly for anyone who appreciates classic roots rock sounds. As a songwriter, Windover draws inspiration from heroes such as Tom Petty, emphasizing melody, hooks and atmosphere above all else, with a little twang for good measure. Sure, melancholy is unavoidable, but never as a distraction from pure songwriting craftsmanship. With a wealth of experience embedded in it, Cope marks the formal arrival of a major voice within the Canadian roots rock scene.