Post Script is a relationship, a constant exchange. While most accurately described as an indie-folk trio, a small glimpse into the band shows a depth behind the music-makers.
Founding members Steph Blais and Paul Cournoyer have found a way to navigate the path of personal and artistic identities as a couple, as songwriters seeking to blend bi-lingual influences in their work, and as a group seeking more authentic connections with a growing audience.
The collaboration evolved from a request by Steph’s brother for Paul and her to perform together, which led to songwriting together and the release of a three-song EP in 2013. Its has been constant evolution ever since. Like most groups, the music and songwriting needed to grow, stretch, and settle. This process took a leap forward when the duo expanded to a trio, with the addition of friend Brayden Treble on guitar. The imagination of an expanded palette of sound along with a more dynamic live performance was in reach, and the group went to work on a new album in late 2014.
“If Not For You” was recorded in November 2014, though not formally released until October 2015. The album showcases the best parts of this musical relationship; a charming exchange of languages, a sincere effort to honour their franco-albertan heritage, and a wider range of influences and textures layered in the songwriting. Modern indie-folk permeates many of the tracks, while others give way to more traditional, old-country performances. Steph’s distinct vocal is never without conviction, at times echoing a subtle but satisfying Dolly-twang, and always finding a perfect blend to Paul’s baritone harmonies. Paul’s upright bass provides a steady backbone, while Brayden’s guitar fills every gap with sharp Nashville leads or rich reverb-washed textures.
“‘If Not For You’ embodies the traditional Canadian oscillation between urban living and rural retreat, it also captures the spirit of the nation’s linguistic divide.” (Grayowl Point, Oct.20/2015) Using the exchange between these divides as the subjects of their songs is a distinct result of this focus on relationship. These are stories, at times conversations, with the past and present people who have left a mark on their lives, and they are often named outright (‘Marcel’, ‘Dear Marie’, ‘Mama’).
Considered “one of Edmonton’s hidden gem bands” (CBC.ca), the distinct flavour of Post Script is coming out of hiding and finding an audience, which the group aims to grow significantly while supporting the release of If Not For You. Significant performance invitations in just the past year have included numerous opening slots for touring acts, and appearances at Canmore Folk Music Festival and their hometown Edmonton Folk Music Festival, highlighted with a “tweener” spot on the mainstage. In early 2014 they joined the Winter Lights Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland - a collaborative experience which Steph notes “taught us to trust the art first and foremost.” The experience was shared with an online blogger, who found the group busking during that trip, and later wrote about them, suggesting their music “may be the most gorgeous pieces of melancholia I have heard this year.” (outlineonline.co.uk)
Post Script are young, charming musicians, writing and performing songs like old souls for modern times.