Alyson McNamara

Alyson McNamara


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“That was a huge lesson for me: if it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it,” says Alyson McNamara about “After Hours,” the opening track of her latest release Let Me Sleep. It’s a song that Alyson wrote nearly ten years ago and it was almost included on her 2018 album We All Heard Nothing. But the sonic layers and quick tempo of the 2018 version didn’t sit right with her so she scrapped the song. Over the years, “After Hours” blossomed into something new and the version heard on Let Me Sleep has a hazy and laid-back vibe that sets the introspective mood of the entire record: “Take a deep breath,” Alyson urges. By the end of the track, she is revitalized and, ready to take on whatever comes next, declares: “Another page has been turned.” Let Me Sleep marks a new beginning for the Toronto-based indie-folk musician. Alyson has toured across Canada with JUNO Award-winning band Said The Whale accompanying on-going collaborator Dave Monks

(Tokyo Police Club). She has recorded and performed with Canadian supergroup Anyway Gang and has opened for artists such as Sloan and Gregg Allman. She has accompanied and shared the stage with Canadian trail blazers Catherine MacLellan , Kaia Kater and Sarah MacDougall. Alyson has appeared on Paste Magazine NYC, BTR Live Studio and CBC First Play Live and has recorded with acclaimed producers Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith, Beck), Gus Van Go(Sam Roberts Band, Whitehorse) and Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, U.S. Girls).