An evocative testament to rock’s cathartic spirit, veracious Mohawk singer-songwriter Logan Staats’ new album A Light in the Attic is a healing salve. Since returning home to Six Nations of the Grand River after jaunts to Nashville and Los Angeles, following his success on The Launch, Staats has been able to create music authentically again, reclaiming his sound through honest storytelling and unvarnished, sometimes painful reflection. Staats sings of reconciliation, of recovery from addiction, of surviving intergenerational trauma, and of convalescence after despair. “I wanted to bring my songwriting back to the medicine inside of music, to the medicine inside of reclamation,” he says.
Home is at the heart of A Light in the Attic. It was recorded at Staats’ apartment, at Six Nations recording studio Jukasa, and at downtown Brantford’s Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts. Says Staats, “My nation and my community are in every chord I play and every note I sing. They’ve saved me.”
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