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John Southworth - Niagra 2CD (2014)

27-12-2014, 23:40
Music | Pop | Indie | FLAC / APE

John Southworth - Niagra 2CD (2014)

Artist: John Southworth
Title Of Album: Niagra
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Tin Angel Records
Genre: Indie Pop, Chamber Pop, Singer-Songwriter
Quality: 320 / FLAC
Total Time: 74:52 min
Total Size: 183 / 390 MB
WebSite: amazon


Disc 1
1.Niagara Falls Is Not Niagara Falls 03:45
2.Fiddler Crossed the Border 04:53
3.The Horse That Swam Across the Sea 03:00
4.Ode to the Morning Sky 03:56
5.Folk Art Cathedral 04:03
6.Butterfly Shadow 04:51
7.Women are Disappearing 03:30
8.Irish Tree Alphabet 04:29
9.Where the Mountains Make the Clouds 05:17

Disc 2
1.Hey I Got News for You 04:31
2.Weird Woman 04:27
3.If It Doesn't Please the Gods 02:45
4.Pretty Angel Girl 03:42
5.Poor Boy from Buffalo 03:51
6.Womb of Time 03:57
7.Halloween Election 03:19
8.A Day in the Forest 02:38
9.She is my Niagara Falls 04:34
10.Help Yourself to Diamonds 04:04
11.Loving You 04:37

With the release of Niagara (out late Sept/2014 on UK label Tin Angel), UK born, Canadian raised and Toronto-based singer-songwriter John Southworth has considerably upped his singular ante; this audacious, double record features nine rich, expansive songs on the Canadian side, with eleven mirrored counterparts on the American. The result is a multi-faceted, one-of-a-kind album - a collection of gorgeously crafted songs blending a vast and distinct selection of popular song and folk styles – while unveiling revelatory insights into both American and Canadian psyches. For John, the two towns of Niagara Falls and the often-overlooked natural wonder that lies between have always contained hidden narratives, secrets and mythologies. John describes the Canadian side songs as "spacious, numinous, Scorpion and evergreen" and the American as, "unhinged, noir, mythical and metallic". He continues, "There is Canadian music and there is American music. This record is the first of its kind that I know of to be divided by a border. Each side a simultaneous interpretation of the same crisis." John had a loose idea for the record's concept before entering the studio, but as sessions progressed alongside co-producer Jean Martin and 'The South Seas' (John's band of Toronto's top avant/improv/jazz musicians), the album found its unique shape. "The main thing was getting the right take for each song. But listening back it was clear what songs would go on each side - I think the musicians instinctively knew all along." The resulting performances are finely nuanced, mature and luminous – John and his band have gifted myriad variations of rich, transported feeling, gracefully supporting John's lyrical and melodic wonders. Truly Niagara in power and scope, Niagara vehemently counters today's current rapidity, with a format designed to draw new meaning with each listen. In the last five years John has travelled a rogue whirlwind, releasing the cassette-only SPIRITUAL WAR cassette tape (2011) - a series of modern peasant songs recorded on a shoebox-size Sony cassette recorder model TCM-939, an anti-record of actual rejected jingles (Failed Jingles for Bank of America & other U.S. Corporations - 2012), the grave, minimalist synth-rock of 2009's Mama Tevatron quickly followed by Human Cry's stunning, elegiac balladry, the grand delusional showtunes of West Coast Persona EP, and Easterween (2012) - a surreal cabaret-operetta featuring the Klezmer-Stravinskyesque arrangements of Juno-winning composer-bassist-cellist Andrew Downing, hailed as "undoubtedly the most ambitious thing Southworth – or, for that matter, any other Toronto singer songwriter in recent memory - has done" (Michael Barclay, The Record). His songs have been covered by or written for fellow Canadian artists Sarah Slean, Buck 65, Martin Tielli (Rheostatics), Veda Hille, Hawksley Workman and Jully Black, and he continues to garner praise from the likes of Canadian artists Feist, Ron Sexsmith and Gonzales. Recently John has authored Daydreams for Night, with illustrations by New York artist David Ouimet, to be published in fall 2014.

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