Bria - Cuntry Covers Vol. 1

Limited Edition Blue Vinyl EP Record

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Cuntry Covers Vol. 1 is the debut extended play by Canadian indie country duo Bria, released in December 2021 via Sub Pop Records.

Bria is a new project by long-time members of indie-country superstar Orville Peck’s backing band, and Polaris Prize-listed band Frigs.

Bria is an intimate and incisive labour of love from multi-instrumentalists Bria Salmena and Duncan Hay Jennings.

Catapulted by a deep sense of dread and confusion in the depths of 2020, Salmena decided to forgo writing her own music. “I wanted to listen for what might reflect my life back to me,” she says, “six tracks that could be my mirror.”

The result is a pointillistic knockout of an EP that weaves a landscape both luscious and a little rogue; showing us exactly what good songs can do. Bria’s internal turbulence seemed to mirror last year’s external instability.

When Jennings and back-up singer Jaime McCuaig moved to The Outside Inn, a hobby farm in Hockley Hills, Ontario, Bria soon joined. The farm’s living-room-turned-studio proved an ideal setting for the long-time friends to compile a record of handpicked country covers.

They went searching for songs that could speak to our everyday loneliness; outside and in. Cuntry Covers Vol. 1 houses it all: well-worn favourites and lesser-known gems.

The record opens with “Green Rocky Road,” as performed by Greenwich Village legend Karen Dalton. Jennings’ twangy guitar carries Bria’s original inflection and richly textured vocals, complete with dreamy overlay.

“Dreaming My Dreams With You,” a rendition of the Waylon Jennings hit, is followed by John Cale’s “Buffalo Ballet,” a lyrical journey through Abilene, Texas, the endpoint of the Chisholm Trail.

Engineered and mixed by Jennings, each song brings desire and sexuality front and centre, with all the swagger you’d expect – and more. Bria hopes the record will be understood as a small contribution to the subversion of a genre with deep patriarchal roots.

Mistress Mary’s “I Don’t Wanna Love Ya Now,” from the 1969 album Housewife, served as the original inspiration. “It was the first song Duncan and I worked on,” Bria notes. “It definitely set the tone for the other tracks we picked.”

Bria’s voice – described as wavering between “sultry and howitzer” – shines on “Fruits Of My Labour,” written and performed by country great, Lucinda Williams. The Walker Brothers’ “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” is a harmonic (and hypnotic) standout.

This EP is a limited edition on breeze blue coloured vinyl with a double sided fold out poster, pressed in the US via Sub Pop.







Green Rocky Road


Dreaming My Dreams With You


Buffalo Ballet


Fruits Of My Labour


The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore


I Don't Wanna Love Ya Now

SKU 14010
Record Label Sub Pop Records
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number SP1456
Country CA - Canada
Release Date (Year) 10 December 2021
Original Release Date (Year) 10 December 2021
Barcode # 098787145601
Shipping Weight 0.2900kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Breeze Blue Coloured Vinyl, Double Sided Fold Out Poster
Vinyl Colour Blue
Genre Country

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