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Exclusive premiere: Hear the new EP Effervescence from Calgary alt electro-pop artist Selci

When the water’s this warm, this inviting, this refreshing, all you can do is dive in. Head first.

Which you’ll want to do with Effervescence, the new EP from Calgary alt-pop electro artist Samantha Selci, who records under her surname, simply Selci.

The stunning five-song offering, which she’ll release Wednesday, Aug. 28 at McHugh House with a show as part of the Beltline Urban Murals Project (BUMP) Festival, is aurally predisposed to Portishead trip-hop, Laurie Anderson electro experimentalism, with so much sweet, melodic soul infused inside of it.

Selci, who comes to yyc by way of Winnipeg, considers the EP as something of a coming-out for her as an artist, as a producer, with a singular vision bringing the two together.

“I always wanted to be involved in production and sound, but I didn’t think I was capable of it,” she says. “In the last few years, I gained a lot of confidence in my abilities. I felt like it was time to put out a complete piece of work. After performing countless shows, writing hundreds of songs that will never see the light of day, and hustling to bring my skills in production to a level that I believe in, I’m finally here.”

Part of the album was recorded using some of the instruments from the priceless collection at the National Music Centre, where she day-jobs as an audio tech, and saw her working with mixer Sylvia Massy (Prince, Kate Bush) and producer, engineer and mixer Matt Colton (New Order, Blood Orange, James Blake), who mastered the gorgeously ambient, intensely honest work of poetics, soundscapes and sonics.

It’s a disarmingly wondrous and beautiful pool to immerse yourself in — one you should.

And, as always, theYYSCENE is proud to be able to give you the first-listen of an album and artist you’re going to be hearing a lot about over the next longest while.

So, please, enjoy Selci’s sensational Effervescence and make sure you catch her live at McHugh House on Aug. 28, Friday, Aug. 30 with a Calgary Pride Festival performance at Broken City or  Sept. 12 at The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club.

(Photo courtesy Max Foley.)

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