JILLIAN LAKE, “Olympia”
Vancouver singer/songwriter Jillian Lake is the first to admit that she usually writes sad songs. So with “Olympia”, the recent single from her new album Younger Then, it marks a change in her songwriting comfort zone for an ebullient song that almost didn’t make the album. “Olympia” will remind you most immediately of fellow Canadian Feist, with its bright electronic-indie sound working well with Jillian’s crisp vocal. For some reason, the melody here reminds me of recent songs by New York duo Great Good Fine OK or even Sam Smith, without contemplating the richer productions that are often behind their songs. So if you need a lift to change the mood, the joyous “Olympia” is a great place to begin.