On one end of the spectrum there are varieties of the Begonia which can be a dark,grievous, rough around the edges. And on the other end, a petite and elegant flower. Inbetween, the plant attempts to harmonize its two poles, forming an array of varieties thateach borrow from the delicate and the unseemly. It is in this same vein that Begonia(Alexa Dirks) finds herself, trying to find a balance.Known for her voice in the Juno Award winning harmony driven group Chic Gamine,Dirks has a timbre that recalls the golden age of soul, proud and courageous. And yet itstill returns to the ground, finding a quietness, a hesitant intimacy. Joined in studio byproducers Matt Schellenberg (Royal Canoe) and Matt Peters (Royal Canoe, CloseTalker), the collection of songs that forms Begonia’s Lady In Mind lets the extremes ofDirks’ past and present coalesce into a sound that is both battle hymn and breakbeatbody mover, incorporating themes which are confident in and of themselves, and yetsometimes caught in the middle.Guided along by 90s synth waves over top of a warm rhythm section, title track “Lady InMind” questions what it means to be woman. Raised on a healthy dose of religion, therhapsodic church organs and gospel clap alongs of Dirks’ formative years are blendedwith staccatic, static beats on “Juniper”. “Out Of My Head” returns to a celestial swell tosupport a blue-collar rebel yell. Both songs of love and loss the Motown tinged “I Don’tWanna (Love U)” brings her soaring register to the forefront while the indecisive ballad“Hot Dog Stand” questions whether or not it’s fine to be alone.Having spent much of the last ten years on tour, the tracks on Lady In Mind werepenned on the road or during brief stops at home in Winnipeg. The layering of acousticinstruments with modern synths, and the duality found in both her songwriting and thename Begonia are very much informed by the way in which Dirks finds herself ineveryday life - a young, bold woman who, sometimes to her own chagrin, prefers agrandmother’s aesthetic of fake flowers and doilies. Compounded by Dirks’ musicalupbringing of 90s R&B, 70s folk, and Fiona Apple each taking up equal space in herdiscman, this leaves her trying to bridge the gap between old and new, between fire andice. Entangled in the middle of it all, we find Begonia, the place and sound where Dirks ismost comfortable, and yet still questioning how it is she ended up there.