Leah Abramson is a singer, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist from Vancouver, B.C. After touring internationally with indie rock and folk bands such as alt-old-time stringband The Crooked Jades, and Canadian artists such as Dyad and Octoberman, she later toured and released two albums with her band, The Abramson Singers.

Leah’s new album, Songs For a Lost Pod, is her fourth album of original songs, this time released under her own name, instead of The Abramson Singers moniker. Musically, this album is a departure for Abramson—gone is the indie-folk band of The Abramson Singers—replaced with an experimental edge to her signature vocal layering.

Beats and tracks were made with field recordings and orca whale vocalizations, in collaboration with musician-producers Sandro Perri (Polmo Polpo, Devon Sproule, Tasseomancy), Aidan O’Rourke (Lau), Andrew Lee (Holy Hum, In Medias Res), J.J. Ipsen (Hayden, Jim Guthrie), Antoine Bédard (Montag), Arliss Renwick, and Marten Timan (We Vs Death).

Originally written and composed for her Masters of Fine Arts thesis at UBC, Songs For a Lost Pod is a concept album combining scientific research, whale sounds, and marine mammal history.

Told from the perspective of various whale species, the songs explore themes of inter-species communication, intergenerational trauma, and grief for a polluted planet. Songs For a Lost Pod highlights separation—both animal and human—to one another and to the natural world, with the goal of reconnection through musical communication.

Abramson is also releasing a companion to the album in the form of a comic book, in collaboration with Vancouver artist Taylor Brown-Evans.