Merival
“I With Mine”

by Jim Di Gioia

April 18, 2019

Jen Squires

I first heard Anna Horvath’s radiant voice when she joined the band Old English in covering Leonard Cohen’s “Coming Back to You” for the first DOMINIONATED covers compilation back in 2014. Performing as Merival, Horvath had me playing the song on endless repeat and offered affirmation that asking a handful of Canadian artists to cover their favourite Canadian songs and let me release it for free was a very good idea.

“I With Mine” finds Merival making memorable music in her own right. It’s a delicately folksy ballad infused with a clear vision. Horvath’s voice dances around lyrical questions and answers, the uncomplicated arrangement revealing layers of detail with every repeated listen. “I With Mine” is music that’s as effortless as rainfall, Merival’s voice an umbrella to protect you and keep you safe as you stand out in the downpour, entranced. It is a very good idea, indeed.

Jim Di Gioia

CoFounder at DOMINIONATED
Jim founded the music blog Quick Before It Melts in 2006 and was its principal writer until 2016, when its decade-long run ended 10 years to the day it started. DOMINIONATED is its spiritual successor. Jim currently serves as a Polaris Music Prize jurist and Prism Prize jurist.

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