Stephen Selski is an independent singer, songwriter, and recording artist who launched a brand new solo project in 2023. Originally from Lethbridge, Alberta and now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Canadian musician is a veteran of numerous bands and recording projects. Recently he headed to the studio to create something of his own.
Working with producer Darren Grahn, Stephen Selski set out to make an album without the encumbrances that come with being a band member. The songs, the sound, and the story would be all his own. And he would pour himself into each track.
In a Lifetime is the debut album from Stephen Selski, released worldwide via all major streaming services on November 30, 2023. The record opens with a modern rock take on “Hey Hey, My My”, the Neil Young classic about fallen heroes, innocence lost, and the impermanence of youth. From there Stephen Selski tells his own story, with inspiration from classic rock, prog-rock, alternative, new wave, and pop from across the decades.
From the fist-pumping, arena-worthy alt/prog-rock anthem “Stand”, to the early Peter Gabriel meets dark-pop/emo of “Ames”, Stephen Selski slides between and seamlessly blends genres with virtuosic ease. Although it’s not a live album, it often has that energy, as on tracks like the introspective 90s/alt-style power ballad “So Close to the Heart”. The same could be said of the dark riff-fueled grunge rocker “So Long”.
Lyrically, Stephen Selski offers a firsthand perspective of a man trying to make sense of life and love. Songs like the country-tinged “Be Together” and the complex “Game of Love” deal with the nuance of romance, while “Faithful” cuts through the rhetoric in true punk fashion. Throughout the many moods of the album, it’s the creative vision of the artist at center stage that brings it all into focus.
Check out In a Lifetime in its entirety below, or listen on your favorite streaming service. You can also hear the song “Stand” on the Deep Dive : Pop & Rock playlist. Follow the links below to connect with the artist.