Ansley's back with a beautifully haunting score to the documentary, Spirit to Soar.
Ansley Simpson, Anishinaabe, first wowed listeners in 2017 with the release of her excellent debut album, Breakwall. In the years since, she’s refined her songwriting and production skills by releasing more singles and contributing to her sister Leannes album, Theory of Ice. A new full length album, She Fell From the Sky, is slated for release in the spring of 2022 but today we’re discussing her score for the documentary, Spirit to Soar by investigative journalist, Tanya Talaga. As stated on the films website, it’s the heartbreaking “story of seven First Nations high school students who had either died or gone missing from 2000 to 2011. This documentary examines the hard truths around the deaths of the seven students, truths the northern city of Thunder Bay and the country of Canada, have long ignored: Racism kills, especially when it presents itself as indifference.” Students from the Dennis Franklin Cromarty HS in Thunder Bay are featured on the song, Mourning Keeps Coming Back.