“You free yourself when you take away the script,” says Toronto songwriter Charlotte Cornfield. “That’s where this record came from, dismantling patterns and embracing the process.” Cornfield’s third full length, The Shape of Your Name, is set to arrive April 5th via Outside Music imprint, Next Door Records.
The album has a more honed studio sound than her 2016 release Future Snowbird, and for good reason: it was recorded in five different sessions over the course of three years. The songs are her strongest and most striking to date – contemplative and contemporary, funny and heart-wrenching – and they’ve got that stuck-in-your-head-for-days quality that Cornfield is known for. The Shape of Your Name features a star-studded cast of collaborators including (but not limited to) Grammy-winning engineer Shawn Everett, Broken Social Scene members Brendan Canning, Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin, and Montreal songwriter Leif Vollebekk.
“My initial intention wasn’t to make a record at all,” Cornfield muses. “The whole thing kind of happened by accident. I went to The Banff Centre to do a residency and came out with these recordings that I knew I wanted to use for something but wasn’t sure what.” She brought the unfinished songs to her former roommate Nigel Ward in Montreal. “He fell into the producer role seamlessly,” says Cornfield. “We took it slow and just tried things for a while until the vision settled in. There was no rush. It was freeing, and it gave the songs a lot of breathing room to develop.”
Cornfield is also an in-demand drummer and side musician, and has worked closely with Tim Darcy of Ought, Molly Burch, Adrian Underhill, and members of Lake Street Dive. She has toured extensively in North America and Europe and has supported a huge range of artists including Broken Social Scene, Anais Mitchell, Daniel Romano and Sam Amidon.
“Her songwriting is ravenous …work in the tradition of Dylan or Townes Van Zandt” – The Globe And Mail
“Cornfield has proven her prowess in songwriting, making incredibly personal songs ring universal with listeners, creating a small but very inclusive world that one simply must submerge themselves in immediately” – CBC Music
“great performances…endearingly clever …landing in delightfully unexpected places” – Exclaim!
“a collection of vibrant, no-nonsense folk songs” – NOW Magazine