AVALON TASSONYI SHARES VAUDEVILLE-INSPIRED VIDEO FOR WHAT LOVE IS
SONG APPEARS ON DEBUT SELF-TITLED ALBUM
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TORONTO, ON – May 25, 2022 – What is love? In Avalon Tassonyi’s ballad, What Love Is, they examine just that – the confusing and sometimes painful nature of romance – and with today’s release of the song’s accompanying music video, they put those emotions on beautiful display. Following a clown-painted Tassonyi, the video showcases the joy and sadness that rings through on What Love Is. Watch the heartstring-pulling visual here.
“My brother, Sandy Rossignol, and I shot this video together. He’s a very talented filmmaker based in Victoria, BC, where we filmed,” says Tassonyi. “Before I became a musician, I always dreamed of being a comedian. Clowns used to scare me when I was a kid but now I find them fascinating. Clowning is a very liberating experience… to be a child, to fail, to tap into human experiences without the need to say a word.”
What Love Is appears on Tassonyi’s captivating debut self-titled album – released on March 25th via Vain Mina Records. A collection of songs in adjacent genres, all tethered by Avalon’s charming vocals and lyrical storytelling, the record sees the folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist re-emerging to share music under their own name for the very first time. Folk stylings of the likes of Nick Drake run clean through the album’s track-list. Other apparent influences include Springsteen’s Nebraska, early Wilco, Lucinda Williams, My Morning Jacket, John Prine and Joni Mitchell. From protest songs, to piano ballads, to alt-country barn burners, Avalon appears poised throughout, playing nearly every instrument on the record and coming off as believable while holding the tune in a wide vocal range.
ABOUT AVALON TASSONYI
Born and raised in Toronto’s west end, Avalon Tassonyi (TAH-show-nee, they/them) grew up tinkering on the family piano, learned to play guitar and soon began writing songs from a young age. At 17, they moved to Montréal to pursue music, playing in a number of bands over the better part of a decade. During this time, they explored different styles from jazz to indie rock to country, ran DIY shows and released music independently at a high volume. Their longstanding former moniker, Inland Island, is most noted for the album Zsa Zsa’s Window Opens Slowly (2016, Egg Paper Factory), which was an exploration of trans femininity, radical softness and Hungarian cultural diaspora.
Avalon has come full circle, now living in Niagara-on-the-Lake on the peach farm where their maternal family has been rooted since immigrating to Canada. With that, they’ve come to embrace the acoustic, folk and country sounds that they grew up on. Avalon Tassonyi’s songs are grounded in lyrical prowess, self-assuredness, an embrace of simplicity, and a love for all human emotion, from its silliest to most sombre elements.