Toronto-Based Puma June Evokes A Hopeful Sadness Through Her New Single ‘Lost Years’

Shanti Abbott, a Canadian musician who performs on many instruments and sings under the stage name Puma June, is based in the city of Toronto, Ontario.

June has a sound that is dreamy but rich, experimental chamber pop with a sprinkling of R&B, and her music is contemplative, which evokes a hopeful melancholy in the listener.

There is no way to fully pinpoint Puma June’s sound since she draws inspiration from artists as diverse as Feist, Frank Ocean, and Stevie Wonder; nevertheless, one possible comparison might be unhinged versions of Lana Del Rey and Charlotte Day Wilson.

In her hometown of Barrie, in the Canadian province of Ontario, June spent her formative years penning songs and participating in musical initiatives. She is a self-taught singer, pianist, and guitarist, and she received her violin training from Suzuki.

Most famously, June and her twin sister Vale formed a folk duet that was at first referred to as Shanti and Vale and was afterwards renamed Concordia. Both a live album that the two recorded in 2012 and a single that they recorded in 2019 titled “Love Is Blind” were uploaded on Bandcamp.

Concordia performed across Southern Ontario for a number of years, but they never moved beyond the local small-town scene. Following the publication of their single in 2019, the band members chose to refocus their attention on their own solo projects.

During her formative years, June was a member of the Huronia Symphony Orchestra as well as a number of other orchestras and indie rock and folk bands, including serving as a backing vocalist and violinist for the Barrie-based indie rock band House Art and the Toronto-based folk-rock group Hungry Lake. June was also a member of the Huronia Symphony Orchestra.

Puma June was officially brought into the world in the year 2020. This was a project that combined all of June’s favourite musical styles from her childhood and provided June with the opportunity to establish her own unique voice.

In her first year working as a certified nurse, which corresponded with the early days of the epidemic, she penned the song “Lost Years.” She also worked during this time.

June had always had the dream of pursuing a career in music, but like many other musicians, she was counselled to follow the “safe” road that would lead her along routes that were more likely to lead to “success.”

This yearning ballad represents June’s moment of reflection and realisation: feeling the weight of ageing and losing time to pursue her artistic dreams, but finding the motivation and strength to reach higher and create a future that she can be proud of. [This yearning ballad] was written by June.

It’s never too late to start living the life you’ve always dreamed of leading, despite the mistakes and decisions that drag us all down. Puma June wants her audience to understand that they have the ability to change the direction that their lives are headed in.

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