Alex Lifeson might be annoyed by that headline. As the last person in with this new four-person group, he made it very clear to me that he’s just another member and in no way wants to be the guy everyone is staring at. He and the other two guys (Andy Curran and Alfio Annabalini) want the attention to go to Maiah Wynne, a song singer from Portland, Oregon. Everyone wants her to be the face and image of the band.
Long story short: Andy was pressed into judging a singer-songwriter contest and was assigned to Maiah. He liked what he heard and suggested that she start networking with other songwriters in order to build her chops. She replied, “Well, can I work with you?” Andy accepted and the two spend time trading files. When things reached a certain stage, Andy looped in Alfio who was impressed. He began contributing to the mixes.
Alex came in last. Andy had worked with him for years as part of Rush’s management team, so on a whim, he sent him some tracks he, Maiah, and Alfio had been working on. Alex’s response was “Can I get in on this?” And here we are.
The debut Envy of None album (out now) is somewhere between Garbage, Billy Eilish, Poriheads, and a Canadian band from the 90s called Delerium. The production is so stunning that it will immediately highlight any flaws you have with your headphones or speakers.
I like it a lot. Here’s your chance to stream the whole thing. Click “play” and just let it run.
- Never Said I Loved You
- Look Inside
- Spy House
- Dog’s Life
- Kabul Blues
- Old Strings
- Western Sunset (An Alex Lifeson instrumental dedicated to Neil Peart).