Calgary-based singer/songwriter Mariel Buckley has released the lyric video for “Rose Coloured Frames,” the first single from her sophomore album “Driving In The Dark,’ out May 4. “Rose Coloured Frames” is available at iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play and all streaming services.
For “Driving In The Dark,” Buckley teamed up with decorated songwriter and producer Leeroy Stagger. The album boldly displays her evolution as a songwriter, with Stagger’s production adding a richer, edgier tone. Overall, Driving In The Dark is a complex experience of loss and uncertainty, propelled by raw Americana and tender notes of traditional country.
“‘Rose Coloured Frames’ is a song about letting go of something that once was, while knowing that it can never be,” Buckley says. “The song was an exercise to find peace with some moments from my life. It helped me to remember the purpose of nostalgia, especially when the memories are painful — because even if it wasn’t always the case, it’s nice to remember things fondly.”
Few performers combine the lyrical heartfelt authenticity of classic country music with a steely-eyed intensity that compels an audience’s attention like Calgary, Alberta’s Mariel Buckley. Amidst a sea of neon-Nashville superstars, Buckley offers a crunchy, roots alternative.
Buckley’s performances have led her to supporting idol k.d. lang, and entertaining audiences at the Calgary, Edmonton, Canmore and Fort MacLeod Folk Music Festivals. Mariel deftly matches her stark and haunting narratives of real-life struggle with a brassy wit that sets her apart from her contemporaries in its fearlessness. Her strengths as a songwriter are exemplified by her self-titled EP, and full-length debut Motorhome. She’s been hailed by No Depression as, “a new Loretta Lynn, speaking her mind… Throw in a little Townes Van Zandt mixed with Joan Jett and you’ve got an artists who’s going to grab a lot of people’s attention.”