Sandra Bouza / Falling Away From Me
Release Date: Jan. 25, 2020
Genre: Neo-Soul / Blues
All songs MAPL/SOCAN
Produced by Hill Kourkoutis at The Lair
Drums recorded at Lincoln County
Mastered by Brett Zilahi
R&B/pop singer Sandra Bouza has a lot to offer through her music and life experience. On her new LP, Falling Away From Me, produced by Hill Kourkoutis (SATE, Jules), the Toronto native who has lived, studied or worked all over the world, lets her stories breathe in songs that are deeply personal.
The album’s eight tracks together build on the deep grooves of her previous EP Three Years, showing off Sandra’s sultry, soulful vocals. But what really shines through, on standout tracks such as “Almost Love,” “Losing You” and “East Side Woman,” is Sandra’s ability to lyrically examine relationships from all angles—from the thrill of discovery to the fallout of poor decisions. These are songs rooted in hard-earned experience, a badge of honour Sandra wears with pride.
She explains, “I thought I had to give up music at one point, but when I reached sobriety in 2015 I got an offer to work in Morocco full-time doing music and that’s where I did a lot of my healing. It was a gift, and then to be able to come back to Toronto and work on these songs and recordings, that was a gift too.”
But as much as she loved playing other people’s songs in Morocco, Sandra eventually wanted to focus on her own material she’d been amassing since her twenties. That fire was fully stoked during a return trip to Toronto where she met Hill Kourkoutis and felt an instant musical connection.
Unlike her first experience in the studio, Kourkoutis made her feel comfortable and helped her sound evolve. “I really wanted a sparse sound,” Sandra says. “I like space and letting emotion fill it. I kept saying that I wanted everything to be heard, including me.” The Three Years EP—a nod and to her time sober at that point—began a new chapter for Sandra and people began taking notice. In 2019 she won the Toronto Blues Society Talent Search, prompting her to make Toronto her home base once again and to continue building her audience.
Now with Falling Away From Me, there’s no holding her back.