Place Holder is one of those albums energized by the merging of experience and new collaboration. VISSIA came to it after ten years of success performing at home and abroad with her sisters as The Vissia Sisters. In 2011, she struck out with a solo career, releasing the full album A Lot Less Gold. Young Love followed, an EP of three originals and three covers. Solo success earned VISSIA folk festival stages shared with Lindi Ortega, White Horse, The Skydiggers and Harry Stinson, among other greats. However, Place Holder in some ways feels like VISSIA’s first album, something she credits in large part to the care, fearlessness, and creativity of Emily Bachynski at BitterNorth recording Studio in Edmonton and also the mix of Sam Kassirer at Greath North Sound Society—Josh Ritter’s producer and longtime bandmate.
A placeholder is something that reserves a spot for the thing to come. With this album, VISSIA is at the table, poised at the exciting beginning of just that.