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604 Records Announces Signing of Vancouver Singer-Songwriter Michaela Slinger

LABEL DEBUT “TAROT” SET FOR RELEASE JULY 3
PRE-SAVE AVAILABLE NOW
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June 22, 2020 (Vancouver, BC) – Canada’s most celebrated indie label 604 Records starts the summer strong with the announcement of their newest signing, Vancouver indie-pop artist Michaela Slinger. Making her label debut on July 3 with the stunning release of “Tarot,” the single is now available to pre-save across streaming platforms. Bringing together her dreamy vocals and prolific songwriting, “Tarot” is just a hint of what’s to come from Slinger’s forthcoming debut full-length release.

I first heard about Michaela from a couple of our in-house producers, Louise Burns and Kevin “Kevvy” Maher, who kept raving about how great she was, so I listened to what they were working on” recalls Jonathan Simkin, 604 Records President. “I was so impressed, and we quickly offered her a demo deal. The songs she recorded are great, and it was a no-brainer to offer her a full deal. I’m so glad I did, and even happier she accepted. Michaela’s a great artist and songwriter, and a great person to work with. I’m looking forward to working with her and helping her career to flourish in the future.

Echoing the excitement, Slinger adds, “I feel thrilled and privileged to get to work with 604 Records. I’ve wanted to do this forever, but it’s terrifying to take the leap and to trust your very vulnerable, personal creative vision with others. I’ve been supported and mentored from the moment I walked in the door—special thanks to Louise Burns, Kevvy, and Jonathan Simkin—and can’t wait to share more music.” 

Infectious yet soothing, Slinger combines youthful, energetic, and harmony-rich melodies with old soul lyricism — think Maggie Rogers meets Joni Mitchell. Slinger’s background of musical theatre makes her a compelling live performer whether she’s dancing to high-tempo tracks or alone with her guitar for an acoustic song. Slinger independently released her successful debut single, “Flux” (prod. by Nygel Asselin) in July 2019, which earned over 250K streams. Post-Flux, Slinger’s career began taking new shape: she was accepted as one of two fully-funded artists to complete Canada’s Music Incubator in Toronto and returned home to play Vancouver’s historic Vogue Theatre as a finalist in the Elevate Music Project. Less than a year later, Slinger’s career has come full circle, releasing a brand new track on a freshly minted record deal.

On her new release, Slinger notes, “Tarot was one of the first songs I ever demoed and self-produced on Garageband at home. I had just purchased a MIDI keyboard and was trying to push myself to write a song a day in April 2019. I didn’t achieve a song a day, but lots of uninhibited, curious experimentation happened, such as the low percussive hums you hear throughout the track. Those are original from me in my thin-walled apartment, messing around with layering my own vocals as samples”.

Between her own writing prowess and newly acquired team at 604 Records, Michaela Slinger is sure to be an artist to watch as we close out 2020. For more information, please visit: www.michaelaslinger.com.