Montréal-based singer-songwriter Gabrielle Shonk shares ‘How We Used To Be’, her first new music in five years. The song is taken from her forthcoming 2023 album which chronicles the enormity of heartache and hope that comes with endings and new beginnings.
‘How We Used To Be’ marks a new chapter in Shonk’s career. After parting ways with the major label behind her debut album, she used her newfound creative freedom to collaborate with longtime friends, co-writer Jessy Caron of the band Men I Trust, and producer Jesse Mac Cormack (Helena Deland). The result is a moody single with tinges of 90s R&B exploring romantic nostalgia by reminiscing about a relationship before it fell apart.
Released via Arts & Crafts, ‘How We Used To Be’ is a love ballad about “a relationship that was hard to leave,” explains the JUNO-nominated singer. Delicate piano lines and softly-strummed acoustic guitar accompany Shonk’s dreamy vocals recalling a time in a relationship before it turned toxic. “I hate you, I love you, I miss you,” Shonk laments before the soulful chorus reflects on better times: “Touch my hand, gently / Talk to me, it’s soothing / Make me see how we used to be.”