Fueled by the creative inspiration of female vocalists such as Garbage’s Shirley Mason, Alanis Morrissette, and Blondie’s Debbie Harry, the debut single from Puslinch, Ontario’s Apricity dispenses equal amounts attitude and melody.
Taking her moniker from the Latin word meaning “basking in the warmth of the sun,” “All My Lies” marks the culmination of a passion that has followed the recording artist all her life.
Teaming up with acclaimed producer Thomas McKay, Apricity was initially drawn to the Evanescence-inspired dark tones that permeate the track’s lyrics and music and says McKay was the perfect foil for helping ensure the song was a stylistic good fit.
“I want to sing songs that move me; I wouldn’t want to have my name on something I didn’t feel, and this song resonated with me on multiple levels,” she says.
Once in the studio, Apricity recalls being slightly taken back with how the producer pushed her to strive for a consistent level of excellence. Driven by the song’s infectious and anthemic chorus, Apricity’s powerful vocals reflect McKay’s drive for perfection in the studio.
“Thomas was tough but in the nicest of ways. He was constantly pushing me to be better, and honestly, that’s exactly what I wanted to get out of this experience”.
Born in Scotland, Apricity immigrated to Canada as a child, but not before being bitten by the entertainment bug. In her formative years, the singer was a pageant show participant, auditioned for Britain’s icon TV show Top of the Pops, and also appeared on kids’ programs like Fun Factory before eventually comfortably settling into the world of musical theatre.
“It was being involved in different facets of entertainment that put me on the path to who I am today,” Apricity says. “Seeing people willing to invest their time and energy into me was inspirational. And now, I’m investing in myself. It’s been a tremendous amount of work but I’ve loved every minute of it.”
The accompanying music video for “All My Lies” was filmed at Milton’s Country Heritage Park, a location that recreates rural life in 19th century Ontario. Scenes for the video were filmed at The Lucas Family Homestead, a reportedly haunted building constructed in the 1830s, while other scenes were shot at The Mayne Corners United Church, which was built in the 1870s.
“Between the setting, the costumes, the amazing talent, and the fact that we were filming in a legitimately haunted building, it all tied together to create something incredibly spooky and beautiful at the same time,” Apricity says.
Now, on the cusp of what could be a big turning point in the singer’s life, she is nothing but grateful for the good fortune that has come her way so far.