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"That was based on the rhythm of the song, and the words just kind of fell out… It just has that feeling of when everything seems incredible and then it can seem completely horrible. And to take it a step further, it happens because of a chemical imbalance. It has nothing to do with whether it’s sunny outside or the robins in springtime, it doesn’t matter because inside you, you’re still depressed."

Frost’s love of things French also has a strong presence on Lunamarium , with two songs sung in French and an ongoing visual theme.

"I think some chords lend themselves to a certain language. I don’t know that it was a conscious effort to relate to French people or if it’s just part of who I am. Some sounds just make me sing in French.

"One of them, Laure Elaine, is a cover written by a French person. I really loved it and wanted to include it. The cover (of the CD) is basically a hats off to The Ballad of Melody Nelson, which was written very much in the style of Laure Elaine."

The video for Who Am I? also carries the same feel and circular symbolism of the CD jacket. Frost and director Bill Morrison agreed to shoot in Paris, making an obvious connection to the French-influenced songs. But Frost says a particular area of Paris helped tie everything together.

"Along the Seine there’s an area which is sort of futuristic from the ’60s perspective. We liked all the modern art and architecture in the area. We then created another set. I had originally suggested a white room with a big circle, but Bill was able to take all my ideas and embellish them with graphic design."

Frost is embarking on a major tour in support of the solo album this spring. Her first stop will be in Toronto and the Canada AM show. This summer will include NXNE, Edgefest and several festivals across the country. Her live shows, too, will showcase circles, with a geometric wardrobe and projections of shifting shades and circles. And that image seems perfectly suited to a musician who has remained centred through her many musical colours.

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