This is an album that defies categorization, shining a pop lens on a wealth of styles. There are songs steeped in country twang and ones with rootsy folk leanings (You Take Me Away, The Library Song), a few bring to mind a certain Brill Building-era style (Demon Love) or AM Radio's glory days (albeit with an indie heart) (What I Believe), while another track may just remind you of a modern-day Ella Fitzgerald leading an orchestra in full swing (Deafened). Intent on keeping things interesting for the listener, Vann ends the record spinning a latenight tale to a chill background beat (Stars). The glue to this whimsical song cycle is Vann's voice: a rich, deep and mesmerizing force whose foremost raison d'être is to deliver honest and genuine reflections that are easily relatable. Produced, recorded and mixed at Calgary's Arch Audio by the inimitable Lorrie Matheson (Rae Spoon, Samantha Savage Smith, Ghostkeeper) Deafened features some of the city's finest musicians including Jay Crocker (No More Shapes, Ghostkeeper), Shelly Groves (Axis of Conversation, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald) and Steve Fletcher (Sinistrio, Jay Crocker, Günther).