Watch List: Choose Your "Habit" and Make it Gabrielle Shonk
This American-born, Canadian-bred indie folk singer, is set to release her debut album in September. For now Gabrielle Shonk leaves us with a taste of what is to come in her first single, "Habit". The singer-songwriter originally wrote this track in 2012 as a jazz song with a quicker tempo, but reworked it to fit to the alternative vibe of her coming album. While the recently released 2016 version has a slower, more indie feel, Shonk retains the rich, bluesy sound to which she adhered in her earlier covers.
"Habit" at once emanates a bitter nostalgia for a relationship lost and gives space for Shonk's assailment upon someone who wronged her in the past. She wields her ability to succinctly pinpoint these discrepancies not only with her lyrical choices, but by the ease with which she masters her range as she slides from low to high note.
Shonk's decision to pair up with director Dragos Chiriac for the music video was a natural one since the two have been working together for some time. With the slow-motion shots in locations as mundane as the laundry mat, Dragos and Shonk illustrate the habituality of human behavior and portray how one may become ensconced in the monotony of disappointment. Shonk's vocalization of this unfortunate situation gives her the freedom to escape the negative influence and the "habit" of her past and to begin "moving on, far away from all" the "lies".
We'll have to wait until September to hear what other words of pain and triumph Shonk may have in store for us.