To say that Toronto is only either about numb faces or awkward soft shoe dancing is doing the city a great injustice. Yes, Abel and Aubrey have been leading the charge for the past several years, but an up-and-coming new wave of artists who can’t be traced back to an OVO affiliation, Six Degrees Of Kevin Bacon-style, have ben bubbling for quite some time now. One such individual is Brampton-reared songstress Alessia Cara.
Cracking Billboard’s Top 20 with her debut single “Here” (taken from her first EP, Four Pink Walls), Cara has made a name for herself in the high-energy bleeps and electro-bloops of pop music by doing something rather unpopular: creating music for the social introverts. That sense of reserved pensiveness shines brightly throughout her debut album Know It All, an album of songs which has caught the attention of both the “cools kids” and wallflowers alike. Slated to formally arrive November 13th, NPR grants listeners a “First Listen” a bit earlier. Highlighted by its lead single “Wild Things” and a stripped down, “2AM Version” of “Here,” Know It All is primed to put Alessia in an unfamiliar but sometimes desired place for the wallflowers: the front seat of the “cool” table.
Listen to Know It All at NPR now.