Thursday, February 18, 2010

Allison Crowe's "Spiral" among "Most Exciting Albums of 2010"

Allison Crowe's new album/CD Spiral is released globally March 17, 2010 - St. Patrick's Day. Production wrapped this past weekend, on Valentine's Day.

U.S.-based entertainment blog Muruch earlier this year named it as the album they most look forward to, and, now, UK music blog We Write Lists includes Spiral as one of "The Twelve Most Exciting Albums of 2010", remarking: "Crowe's speciality is startlingly beautiful piano-based songs that sort of make you wonder why you bother with anything else."

(Joining Crowe on the list are new recordings from: Fleet Foxes, Fyfe Dangerfield, Girls Aloud, Goldfrapp, Gorillaz, Joanna Newsom, Marina and the Diamonds, Massive Attack, MGMT, Music Go Music and She and Him.)

For Allison Crowe, a peerless live performer, and a singer-songwriter of the thrilling calibre known in the 1960s, Spiral is the seventh release from her label, Rubenesque Records, in as many years.

On her new song collection, the bi-coastal Canadian, (she calls Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Nanaimo, British Columbia, home), is joined by musicians Billie Rocha-Woods (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Dave Baird (bass, backing vocals), Laurent Boucher (percussion), Brendan Millbank (cello) and Larry Anschell (electric guitar, and, also, Engineer at Turtle Studios in White Rock, B.C.)

Kayla Schmah, Los Angeles-based, Canadian-born, composer and film scorer, orchestrates and produces the album, bringing her cinematic talents to a long-time relationship with Crowe. A pair of songs captured live by Engineers B.R.N. (aka Condor) and John MacMillan complete this diverse mix of music made in Corner Brook, Nanaimo, as well as Chilliwack, White Rock, Denman Island and Salt Spring Island, Canada, Vienna, Austria, and Hollywood, USA.

The visual art of Spiral is equally beautiful - with cover paintings by Netherlands-based Tara Thelen, photographs by Canada's Billie Rocha-Woods, California's Dan Goldwasser, and graphic design by Florida's Alix Whitmire.

Allison Crowe's national and international concert tours for 2010 follow the release of Spiral.

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