Highly Praised Canadian Group Ready Their Third Album for Release June 3
Everyday occurrences, no matter how small or insignificant they may initially appear, are the essence of life. There’s the love of a parent for a child. The urge to escape through alcoholic indulgence. The heartache that often accompanies loneliness, creating the need to hold another person close. The despair that lies in homelessness and the heartbreak of unrequited love. The celebration of heroes and desperate attempts to seize a specific moment in time. These are experiences that create a universal bond, inspiring songs that need to be sung, and sentiments that beg to be shared.
Those are the realities that Cornflower Blue express on their upcoming album, the aptly titled Invincible, scheduled for release on June 3, 2016, on both CD and vinyl.
Their highly received sophomore set, Run Down the Rails, charted Top 10 on both the Music Roots Country Chart, and the Roots Music Report Canadian Roots Chart. It gained entry onto the Top 100 of Nashville Music Row’s Country Breakout Chart.
The new album Invincible spotlights the vibrant harmonies and resplendent melodies for which this Canadian band has become known.
Led by Trevor May (vocals, guitar) and Theresa McInerney (vocals, guitar), and featuring Dasha Korycan (Bass), Deanna McDougall (Violin) and Robbie Vegas McLeod (Drums), the group has garnered comparisons to Gram and Emmylou, Johnny and June, and Richard and Linda Thompson, given that their tales of hope and heartache, love and longing, desire and despair are fraught with emotions that seem to come from firsthand experience. These are true-life tales synonymous with the human condition, both good or bad, and they create an immediate impression. The new songs resonate with spirit and determination, courtesy of rootsy arrangements, seamless harmonies and the kind of down home melodies well suited for both back porch hoedowns or festival stages.
“In a weird way, we were inspired by what we heard on the radio,” May suggests. “There were cheesy lyrics, formalistic song structures, over-polished productions and auto-tune everywhere we turned. So by contrast, this led us to write the best songs we could and record them as honestly as we knew how. We did it the old-fashioned way. We all got in a room, got a good sound and then hit ‘record.’ We chose the best take and opted for a minimum of overdubs. Sometimes we’d even choose a less than perfect take because it had a better feel. I think it turned out as honest as we could make it.”
Recorded in the wintry heart of their native Ottawa and mastered by Brian Lucey (Black Keys, Nikki Lane) at Magic Garden Mastering, Invincible reflects the intimacy of their studio setting. Opting to produce the album themselves, they eschewed more elaborate set-ups and the usual production trickery for the sake of capturing a pure, natural and uncluttered ambiance. Rather than over-arrange the proceedings, they chose to record all the musicians in a room at the same time to create a true ensemble feel.
“Recording took place in a very relaxed atmosphere over several months,” Korycan explains. “It enabled us to bring out our best and give the record the freshness and immediacy we were striving for. Recording this album was a balm for me. I’ve had my share of personal challenges lately, so getting together with folks I admire and creating something this beautiful was a real blessing. This music is good for the soul. The camaraderie and enthusiasm we share as a group definitely come through on this album.”
Indeed, that synchronicity is evident throughout each of the album’s twelve tracks, from the upbeat and infectious energy of “Around My Heart” and “Catherine” to such rousing, rollicking rockers as “Cold Snap” and “Reason to Smile” and its trio of tender ballads, “Log Walk Home,” “Way Down Town” and “Elmdale.” The melodies mix traditional tones with contemporary sensibilities, encompassing rock, country, folk and Americana without bowing to any specific genre.
“We’re really excited that this album came together the way it did,” McInerney says enthusiastically. “Life pulls us in all directions, but we were determined to capture those thoughts and feelings that are at our common core. Our goal was to convey themes that everyone can relate to, and hopefully, that’s evident on this album.”
She needn’t worry. After only a single encounter that intention comes through.
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