Album Release Show
Wide Arches w/ Prince Enoki and mystery tea
September 12, 2023 - 7:00pm
Small World Music - Toronto
Wide Arches is the debut singer-songwriter project of Toronto musician, Jacob Gorzhaltsan. During the difficult times of the pandemic lockdown, songwriting was one of the only creative outlets that kept Gorzhaltsan uplifted and inspired to pursue his artistic endeavours. He would write over fifty new original compositions throughout the lockdown and was graciously awarded a grant by the Toronto Arts Council to remotely record and produce a full-length album of original folk songs. Realizing the importance of interconnection to the creative process, Gorzhaltsan began extensively collaborating with other artists through remote home-studio recording.
With a knack for story-telling, Jacob Gorzhaltsan's lyrics paint vivid imagery throughout the album, drawing creative inspiration from the snap-shots of day-to-day life. The album encompasses a wide range of emotions, from the heartbreaking "Sadness Wears Her Prettiest Dress" and "Pictures in The Sand", to the nostalgic ache of "Lake Scene" and "Butterfly", to the tongue-in-cheek sneer of "Upside Down" and "Fake Smiles". With a broad spectrum of folk music instrumentation and texture, Gorzhaltsan draws inspiration from the likes of classic artists such as Nick Drake, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, and Harry Nilsson to more contemporary folk innovators like Andy Shauf, Damien Jurado, Daniel Rossen, and Blake Mills.