If folk music is “all the music that ﬁts between the cracks”, then ursidae springs forth from the lush, dark soil that lives between rocks and sidewalk squares. This alt-folk offering is the solo project of Vancouver-based musician Caro Deady. Tapped into tradition, and stirred by the indie folk stylings of Daughter, Bon Iver, and Sharon van Etten, ursidae gives voice to her own stories in her newest release, almost//closer an EP steeped in dusky blues and the salty waters of lonely love. Tender and whimsical, honest and ﬁerce, ursidae takes listeners on a journey through dreamscapes and back alleys—all the while reminding us that there’s beauty in sadness, that we should savour the emotions that make us oh-so-hopelessly human.
The EP begins with a slow storm. “almost love//” rises and falls with the hope and despair of waiting for a love that “can’t quite give enough.” Tension builds in the track that follows, “//come no closer”, and there’s something both empowering and threatening in the electric guitar’s forceful rhythm, the ambient blend of instrumentation, and arcing vocals. This song is both a warning and a plea, instructing a lover to “come no closer, / but be no further away”, asking one of love’s greatest questions: “How do you hold on to anything with only your hands?” The EP ends with “♡breaker”, a soulful Mariah Carey cover with a folk-pop feel, potent harmonies, and rousing R&B undercurrent.
almost//closer is being digitally released on November 30th, 2018, on the independent label Terrified Swan Records, an alliance that is committed to highlighting women and non-binary musicians.