"Gorgeous" music: Allison Crowe & Co. "Spiral"


Nov 14 2009, 10h50

“Her voice will just send shivers down your spine, and just rip your soul out, and make you happy to be alive. The new track from Allison Crowe, Going Home Tonight…” And so -based media maven C.C. Chapman introduces his audience to this new creation:

http://www.allisoncrowe.com/GoingHomeTonightAllisonCroweprealbumversion.mp3 (pre-album version)

Allison Crowe, known for her singularly amazing, often live, performances and her free, , spirit, is currently wrapping up the recording of twelve songs to be released as “Spiral”, her seventh CD/album in years.

Until now, Crowe’s much-loved recordings have been, essentially, affairs – her own voice, , and accompanied by rare touches of bass and (and, once, on her secretsalbum, , and ).

With songs in her repertoire calling for a broader palette, on “Spiral”, the bicoastal musician comes together, from to , with her touring : Billie Woods, and bgs (backing vocals); Dave Baird, and bgs; and on percussion. studio’s main man, , engineers the , B.C. studio sessions, and joins in on guitar.

Orchestrating, arranging, and producing the album is -based film composer, , an artist who’s followed her own path for a decade, and today works in with -award winning composer Edward Shearmur while independently orchestrating and composing on various projects.

, Editor/Publisher of magazine, , notes: “The culmination of a decade-long friendship, Schmah is bringing to the album the orchestration that Crowe has been seeking since penning some of these songs during a 2007-08 creative spurt that saw her develop two albums’ worth of material. Some of those songs ended up on 2008’s Little Light, without orchestration, and some will make it onto Spiral alongside newer songs and, as is always the case with Allison, a selection of . This unfinished version of ‘Going Home Tonight’, a Crowe original, is a swelling, cloaked in strings that are rich enough to carry and accentuate the voice.”

The strings, , and more on this pre-album version debuted on the and , , which has adopted Crowe as musical mascot, commenting: “Allison’s voice and piano playing are as as ever.” , host and curator of , the web’s snappiest Leonard Cohen related blog, calls Going Home Tonight”. That’s qualified by fellow , multi-blogger and game programmer, , who labels it: “Absolutely gorgeous”. of France’s , says: “I LOVE THIS new song!!!”. Canadian merch monkey, , exclaims: “That's a bloody .”

A direct video for “Going Home Tonight”, filmed on , B.C., (where Allison Crowe and Kayla Schmah first met, at the turn of the century), is on :

C.C. Chapman winds up his Accident Hash intro: “If you ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER, get a chance to see her live, please do. Her CDs do not do this woman justice. Her performance, her voice, her everything…

Before the excitement of “Spiral” is released, Allison Crowe performs live – presenting her Tidings series from the to the .

For , dates and more info, please visit: http://www.allisoncrowe.com


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