Galaa started in St. John’s Newfoundland in 2013 when solo musician Aley Waterman collaborated with Hey Rosetta’s Adam Hogan and Josh Ward and Ashley Chalmers. Quickly creating a buzz around St. John’s with their EP “Young Hymns”, Galaa (then GALA) sold out their first show, and quickly opened for acts including Tegan and Sara, Owen Pallett, Rich Aucoin, and DIANA. They then applied for MusicNL Sound Recording grant and won it, allowing them to spend the next year in and out of various studios in Newfoundland recording their forthcoming album “The Speech.” Produced mainly by Romesh Thavanathan and Adam Hogan, the two of them and Aley spent much focus, love, and attention to bring these songs to the electronic world they currently reside in. Aley moved to Toronto in June 2016 when the album was almost complete, and finished up a couple of final songs with Blockbuster Records, which included getting some drums overdubs by BRAIDS’ Austin Tufts.
Aley is a writer who mostly writes about desire and the soul and is currently working on an MA in Creative Writing at U of T. A lot of the content of the songs in “The Speech” deal with questions of how things endure over time. The track “Ender” has the lyric “death is the feeling you get when you win” and asks “what lasts?” over and over. The foggy ethereal magic of St. John’s Newfoundland carries over in these blue, searching but often hopeful tracks. All lyrics written by Aley.
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