FLARE caught up with the much-loved Canadian singer as she was setting up for her daughter’s birthday party. She was relaxed, warm and just a little quirky… kind of like her 5th and latest album, Chin Up Butter Cup.
Flare: : What make this album special for you?
Holly McNarland: The way we recorded it was pretty special to me. We didn’t do studio recording day after day, month after month, like usual. I was doing it with a few different studios because I didn’t have a record deal for it at the time. It was pretty liberating to come back to a record company and say ‘here it is!’, rather than have them guide the direction.
F: How did that influence the sound?
HM: I think the way affected the music was that I was happier. I wasn’t forced to be there day after day no matter what, and I think that shows. I was able to go home to my son, hang out, then a week later go into the studio again. It was really fun and gave me a lot more energy.
F: How has your musical style evolved since the last album?
HM: : I think it’s all in the writing. It’s a little bit more fun, maybe a little more upbeat. I think that comes with maturity.
F: How has your personal style evolved?
HM: Well, my clothes are a lot less tight! I’ve always been into schlepping it, though. I do like to wear nice clothing, as long as it’s comfortable – but no gowns and no heels!