Deanna Petcoff “I Don’t Wanna Get Over You” – a ballad for an unwilling broken-heart

Photo: Nadia Doss

Yes, Toronto’s Deanna Petcoff leans towards the poppier end of the Americana spectrum, maybe rubbing shoulders with The National and Future Islands, and maybe even Americana favourite Father John Misty on the kinda-indy influenced ‘I Don’t Wanna Get Over You‘.  Although had we used the other song – ‘Failing Upwards‘ –  accompanying this latest single then we would not be doing this explanation/justification pitch as it’s just great acoustic singer-songwriter stuff.  So, Petcoff’s cool, and you should hear this song simply for the line “I guess I’m just a sucker for a boy who’s nice to his mother, a phenomenal lover – hope that I can find another.”

The background to the song is, Deanna Petcoff explained, as follows: “I wrote this song with my good friend Jacob Switzer over zoom somewhere during the second lockdown (in Toronto). We wanted to write something to stay connected to each other during a time of extreme loneliness and isolation, so we decided to take this small idea I had and turn it into this sad, Strokes-y tune. We’d both been listening to a lot of The Magnetic Fields, and really valued how honest and brutal their writing can be. We wanted to say something that hurt a little bit, was a little bit embarrassing, and ultimately the most honest we could be.


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Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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