Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

Beautiful collaboration: Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

I bought a new CD yesterday. Olenka & the Autumn Lovers. I have listened to it several times already and I think I’ve decided that my favourite songs are: Odessa, Lark and Louise of Littleville. Have a listen to it here.

Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

I don’t know much about music but I know what I like. I can’t identify all the instruments but I like what I hear. According to the band’s bio, Olenka and the Autumn Lovers has a sound that mingles a strong Eastern European influence with elements of North American country and folk. It’s been compared to Cat Power, Tom Waits and Arcade Fire. I’m sold!

But it gets better – not only are Olenka’s lyrics and the music amazing but I love violinist Sara Froese’s black and white line drawings. Simply beautiful.

Olenka & the Autumn Lovers: And then we sing

Teamwork: Lyrics by Olenka Krakus, Artwork by Sara Froese

Olenka & the Autumn Lovers have just finished their fall tour and have recently been shortlisted for the CBC Radio 3 Bucky Awards (Best Vocals). If you like how they sound, vote for them here! And you can keep tabs on future show dates here.

p.s. Dear Olenka: People were talking about you on the bus. How’s that for song lyrics?

Photos by Jordana.


  1. Antonia November 17, 2010

    Hey, Jordana!
    I’ve never heard of this band, but after reading your post I’ll def listen to them. Odessa is one of my favorite cities on earth, I’ve been there a countless number of times, but it’s never enough. Probably it has nothing to do with the song, but still. It would have done it for me alone=)

    • Jordana November 17, 2010

      Hi Antonia!
      O&AL are Canadian and haven’t yet made the trip across the “pond”. Maybe one day. You can find Olenka’s lyrics here… http://olenkalovers.com/lyrics.html Maybe Olenka has an attachment to the city of Odessa, I’m not sure. I think the name (and the song) is beautiful. Glad you enjoy listening to the album and many thanks for your comments!

  2. kiev December 24, 2010

    nice article thanks !!

  3. Mr. Shuffleupagus January 19, 2011

    Made “Clean” my “Swell Tune” today.:
    It’s a bit like RaRaRiot channelling the Cranberries, or vice versa

    • Jordana January 19, 2011

      Awesome choice. How’d you like the rest of the album?

  4. zeddian November 9, 2011

    I can’t find the lyrics to most of the songs anywhere. could you please post them?

    • Jordana November 11, 2011

      If you buy the CD the lyrics are in them. 🙂


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