Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter Brielle Ansems may have stumbled into the music industry anxiety-ridden by recording on GarageBand, and on her phone no less, but this 5 ft 10 in musician has a heart full of humility. Ansems has found overwhelming success and respect through her songwriting and vocal prowess since her recent graduation from Holland College School of Performing Arts. Ansems debut release This New Hurricane proves to be an undeniable mix of Ingrid Michaelson, Sarah Bareilles, with a touch only she can bring.
When asked on the East Of The Dial podcast a few years back about her intent in the music industry, Ansems answered frankly, “Honestly, I just wanna make music… I wanna make people feel things. I’m trying to figure out all my faucets and music is one I already know works… the rest are squeaky pipes.” Despite these being old words it seems to hold true as the essence behind This New Hurricane.
“Fade,” the album’s single lives behind an orchestral arrangement that seamlessly dissipates to a gentle guitar with cloudy vocals adhering to each glimpse of precipitation in her metaphorical hurricane. Spun from what may or may not have been erotic Supernatural fanfiction, the song lyricism touches on how we cling and fall as far as we can in love no matter how clued in we are to the relationships permanency or lack thereof, “If I find myself again without you/heaven knows I’ll love you all the same/and I’ve been lying to say I’m fine/and I’ve been lying awake all night.”
If “Fade” sets the album’s tone “Ironside” is it’s heartbreak. The song personifies melancholy traveling from a downtown tattoo parlor to the abyss of an open ocean. Showing instead of telling the listener the real gamble you take investing your whole heart into anything. “More Than My Heart” is a piano based ballad that ebbs and flows emotionally, eventually finding a hopeful tempo near the song’s end and makes for the best of the bunch.
The album listens like a true ode to love; the good, the bad, the ugly.