S&S Presents

Begonia: The Powder Blue Tour

Rachael Jenkins
Wednesday, May 3 2023
7:00 PM MDT
741 South Kilby Court (330 West)
Salt Lake City UT, 84101
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When Alexa Dirks started describing her latest album as BegoniaPowder Blue, she turnto vivid imagery: her baby blanket, the airiness of clouds on a summer day, chlorine-filled water in a hotel pool, circa-1970s Elvis Presley wearing an ill-fitting jumpsuit, her collection of faded denim jackets. Powder Blue is more of an emotion,” explains the Winnipeg, Canada, nativeThe name of this album needed to be something that encompasses all of the feelings that these songs give me when they are put together. When I listen to them as a unit, they send me back to the words, the color.” Fittingly, Powder Blues music feels timeless and classicas well as eclecticTrip-hop beats and propulsive grooves pulse throughout the album, shadowing Dirks' stunning voiceshe alternates between a dusky croon and an expressive, belting deliveryThe album nods to vintage soul ("I'm Not Dying," "Crying") sunny R&B ("Bleeding Heart") and soaring balladry
("Chasing Every Sunrise"). Yet the album is firmly in the realm of contemporary musicStandout "The Only Oneis modern, keyboard-polished pop that features Dirks' most powerful vocal performance on the album. Begonia has exhibited such power since emerging into the Canadian music scene on the strength of her critically acclaimed 2017 EP Lady In Mind and her 2019 debut full-length album,
Fear. The latter was nominated for a JUNO Award for Adult Alternative Album
Of The Year and was longlisted for The Polaris Music Prize. Songs from the album were also heard in numerous productions on Netflix & Oprah Winfrey Network, and NPR named Begonia as one of 10 Artists You Need to Know. Fear is a deeply personal album bursting with ruminations on solitude, self-doubt, anxiety, and
panic, all bundled up in that serene feeling that comes with an artist fully embracing their past and present self. Although Powder Blue's lyrics do mention specific situationsNYE 2013” describes vivid heartbreak at a memorable party
the album wrestles with life's thornier moments in more evocative ways. Crying” espouses embracing defiance in the face of harsh criticism and pigeonholing, while the narrator of "I'm Not Dying" has finally realized they'll be okay after a breakup. On the flipside is Married By Elvis,” where a couple embraces unconventionality, and Chasing Every Sunrise,” which describes a tender and vulnerable (if imperfect) relationship. With Powder Blue, Dirks is also trying to let go of needing concrete lyrical definitionI still feel like I have to be like, Let me explain to you exactly where I was coming from,’ even though I
don't always want to do that,” she says“I don't want to tell people how they should feel or what they should think when they listen to the music.” Powder Blue
emerged during a challenging time for Dirksas she was navigating emotional
ups and downs. "Some of it was written when I'm feeling lower than I ever have in my life," she confessesAnd then some of it was written through all these different waves of taking care of myselfand then not taking care of myself.
Despite the turmoil from which it emerged, Powder Blue represents Dirks feeling settled by coming to terms with her past and present. The last record I wrote felt a bit more frantic,” she says. And it's so interesting that this was all written during the time of pandemic, amidst a sense of loss and longing, but it doesn't feel as frantic to me. Even the name Powder Blue, it feels like a bit calmer even though there are still moments of release. There is a sense of calm in the unknown.

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