Listen to Ansley Simpson’s achingly beautiful debut album, Breakwall.
Ansley Simpson is an emerging Anishinaabe singer-songwriter from Toronto. You might have heard her singing and performing in her sister Leanne Betasamosake Simpson‘s band, and on Leanne’s recent album, f(l)ight, but Ansley is an accomplished artist in her own right.
Her much anticipated debut album, Breakwall, is a gentle, powerful collection of songs that showcase her lilting vocals, clear melodic sensibility, and intricate guitar playing to moving effect.
Fresh from winning the inaugural BullsEye Music Competition for emerging Indigenous musical talent, presented by Slaight Music and the imagineNATIVE Film & Video Festival, late last year, Breakwall is a swelling, soft symphony of emotion that builds in gentle intensity over the course of the album’s nine tracks.
Standouts include the lush and winding “A Mixture of Frailties”, the transforming flow of the album’s title track “Breakwall”, and the icy ambience of album closer “Sleeping Giant”.
Sharing a deep sense of narrative power with her sister Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Ansley’s lyrical hymns to love, presence, and possibility entwine you in an unfolding, sonic world of her own making. This is music to guide you back to the shore, when you’ve been lost too long in the waves.