music review: Eden Fine Day


Singer/ songwriter/ guitar player Eden Fine Day wrote and performed all the songs on her debut album Things Get Better. She’s a third generation survivor of Indian Residential School legacy from Sweetgrass First Nation, Saskatchewan, Vancouver, British Columbia. Before recording this solo album with producer Jess Gander (Japandroids), her all-girl band Vancouger put out two albums in 2005 and 2008. Eden Fine Day Lived in Santa Cruz, Calif. for a decade.


Things Get Better is a concept album with edgy pop songs with strong, accessible vocals. Honest, heartfelt lyrics about growing up as a Native American in Canada, growing up on a reservation. Eden Fine possesses an impressive range and assured in showcasing her ability throughout her debut. “Damaged” is a fantastic sound with gripping vocals and jangly banjo chords about being damaged and lonely. And this lyric: “Damaged by my father because he chose another child/ he left me hurting and wild.”

Feel a bit more of a bluegrass vibe with strings and Eden Day’s twangy vocals on “Stangers” then straight fierceness on the darker “Nowhere.” Emotions stir through haunting vocals on “Parent Teacher Day” as she repeatedly sings “Humiliation.” Eden Fine sings about living in California and getting her degree but then things falling out beneath her on “Things Get Better,” a catchy, upbeat song about resilience and determination.



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