Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

Beautiful collaboration: Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

I bought a new CD yesterday. Olenka & the Autumn Lovers. I have listened to it several times already and I think I’ve decided that my favourite songs are: Odessa, Lark and Louise of Littleville. Have a listen to it here.

Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

I don’t know much about music but I know what I like. I can’t identify all the instruments but I like what I hear. According to the band’s bio, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers has a sound that mingles a strong Eastern European influence with elements of North American country and folk. It’s been compared to Cat Power, Tom Waits and Arcade Fire. I’m sold!

But it gets better – not only are Olenka’s lyrics and the music amazing but I love violinist Sara Froese’s black and white line drawings. Simply beautiful.

Olenka & the Autumn Lovers: And then we sing

Teamwork: Lyrics by Olenka Krakus, Artwork by Sara Froese

Olenka & the Autumn Lovers have just finished their fall tour and have recently been shortlisted for the CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards (Best Vocals). If you like how they sound, vote for them here! And you can keep tabs on future show dates here.

p.s. Dear Olenka: People were talking about you on the bus. How’s that for song lyrics?

Photos by Jordana.

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7 Comments on “Olenka & the Autumn Lovers”

  1. Antonia says:

    Hey, Jordana!
    I’ve never heard of this band, but after reading your post I’ll def listen to them. Odessa is one of my favorite cities on earth, I’ve been there a countless number of times, but it’s never enough. Probably it has nothing to do with the song, but still. It would have done it for me alone=)

    • Jordana says:

      Hi Antonia!
      O&AL are Canadian and haven’t yet made the trip across the “pond”. Maybe one day. You can find Olenka’s lyrics here… http://olenkalovers.com/lyrics.html Maybe Olenka has an attachment to the city of Odessa, I’m not sure. I think the name (and the song) is beautiful. Glad you enjoy listening to the album and many thanks for your comments!
      -J

  2. kiev says:

    nice article thanks !!

  3. Made “Clean” my “Swell Tune” today.:
    http://mrshuffleupagus.blogspot.com/2011/01/todays-swell-tune-clean.html
    It’s a bit like RaRaRiot channelling the Cranberries, or vice versa

  4. zeddian says:

    I can’t find the lyrics to most of the songs anywhere. could you please post them?


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