Born in a small fishing village in northern British Columbia, David Simard has always imbued his work with a sense of space and a hint of nostalgia. Simard’s arrangements evoke the landscapes he’s studied and lived in, while his lyrics intimately relate the stories of characters met and imagined, along with more than a few of his own experiences.
The release of his debut full-length album, Slower, Lower, in late 2011 announced the arrival of a new player on the rich Canadian indie scene. Living in Montréal at the time, he recorded the twelve-song album in the southwest quarter of Saint-Henri with a tight band of jazz and klezmer players. Local media and industry quickly took notice, leading to invitations to perform with Timber Timbre, Half Moon Run, The Weather Station, and Bahamas. The album’s opening track, “Memory Box”, was also featured on the soundtrack to French director/actor Yvan Attal’s film, Do Not Disturb, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg. Simard toured in support for Slower, Lower for the next two years, including several Canadian and European treks.
In 2014, he released an EP entitled Lilies, also recorded in Montréal, which found Simard achieving a new level of minimalism and intimacy—four songs, four musicians, two days. The EP was available as a limited edition ten-inch vinyl with a pure white letter-pressed jacket, and led to further touring across Canada and throughout Europe.
Now, with The Heavy Wait, David Simard has come markedly closer to achieving the personal and political balance he has long sought with his music in a world that is continually speeding up.