Lean Years premiered in Exclaim! and had airplay across Canada on CBC Radio 1, including the flagship show As it Happens, and Jardine was named Artist of the Week on CBC’s Ontario Today.
Recorded at HawksleyTown Studios with Brad Kilpatrick (Hawksley Workman, Holy Fuck), it features Jardine’s band: Michelle Willis (vocals, keyboards), Nathan Gray (guitars), Steve Callahan (bass), and Brad Kilpatrick (drums).
Workman made these comments: Bryce Jardine is a compelling songwriter with an engaging voice that invites you in with its subtleness and cool, dark delivery of highly crafted lyrics. I’ve heard some early results of his recent writings and recordings and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it.
Lean Years followed Jardine’s debut LP, The Kids are Gone, which featured Serena Ryder. Produced by Derek Downham (The Beauties), the recording was engineered by John Dinsmore (Kathleen Edwards, Sarah Harmer) at The Lincoln County Social Club, and mastered by Joao Carvalho. Jardine received several artist recognition citations for this work.
Formerly from London, Ontario, he resides in Toronto and performs regularly at The Painted Lady.