ABIGAIL LAPELL REVEALS “DOWN BY THE WATER” VIDEO

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“Haunting voice and impeccable guitar playing.” - CBC Radio 3

“Her pipes have a smoky smoothness that creeps into the memories of your heart and lingers gracefully.” - Exclaim!

“Haunting, gorgeous modern folk music.”- The Record

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Today, Abigail Lapell is sharing the new video for “Down By The Water” from her upcoming album, Getaway due out February 1 via Coax Records / Outside. The track is available to stream on all platforms this Friday.

Lapell told The Bluegrass Situation that “Down By The Water” is “a springtime song, so there’s a lot of imagery of renewal or redemption, and even some biblical symbolism, suggesting an escape to a better place — whether literal or metaphorical. The song evokes the idea of getting away somewhere isolated, away from the world, in order to rediscover your voice or calling — something that ultimately deepens your sense of connection to the world. Like a songwriting retreat!

The video also marks Lapell’s directorial debut which she says “was a really fun and surprisingly time-intensive process.” Filmed by Brittany Farhat at Union Sound Studios in Toronto and featuring Dana Sipos and producer Chris Stringer, the studio was where she recorded her previous album, Hide Nor Hair which won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year in 2017. “It’s also where I met my fiancé,” she adds. “So this video and location are particularly special to me.”

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Call it prairie noir, or Canadiana desert rock, Abigail Lapell sings haunting, gorgeous modern folk songs, mapping epic natural landscapes and deeply intimate, personal territory. For Getaway, Lapell spent time in the mountains, digging through her vault of unreleased material, and ended up with dozens of road songs to choose from. Working again with Stringer at Union Sound studio, she expanded her pool of collaborators, recruiting Christine Bougie (Bahamas) on lap steel, Dan Fortin (Bernice) on bass, and Jake Oelrichs (Run With The Kittens) on drums. Trumpeter and composer Rebecca Hennessy plays on “Sparrow for a Heart”—her trumpet swirling in a sublime duet with Lapell’s synth flute and electric guitar—and also arranged horn parts for band workout “Little Noise”, with Tom Richards on trombone. The latter, a subtle nod to the ‘Me Too’ movement, may even inspire listeners to get up and dance. The album also features longtime collaborators Lisa Bozikovic on piano and vocals, Dana Sipos on vocals, Rachael Cardiello on viola, and Joe Ernewein on pedal steel.

LISTEN AND SHARE “DEVIL IN THE DEEP” HERE

Getaway sounds fuller than Lapell’s previous records, her signature howl and warm, melodic guitar chops matched by a bluesy rhythm section. Building gang vocals on “Devil in the Deep” culminate in the entire band crying ‘Hallelujah, Amen’. Lapell and Stringer also incorporate otherworldly sounds, including an X-Files-like keyboard part on “UFO Song”, which tells the tale of a close encounter in rural Saskatchewan.

Yet there are also spacious piano interludes (“Leningrad”), and even an accordion tune (“Runaway”), that nod to how Lapell sounds playing solo. One of the record’s most striking moments is just acoustic guitar and two voices: Lapell and Sipos, captured live in a room together, harmonizing overtop plucked strings on the transfixing “Down by the Water”.

LISTEN AND SHARE “GONNA BE LEAVING” HERE

Closing the album, the other song about leaving, “Shape of a Mountain”, written in the Alberta Rockies during a Banff Centre artist residency, sets majestic scenes of wanderlust over cinematic strings (played by Vancouver cellist Peggy Lee, a Banff collaborator, and Toronto violinist Aline Homzy). The result is Lapell’s most eclectic and confident album to date.

Since the release of 2017’s Hide Nor Hair, Lapell has been on the road, touring across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, and playing at festivals like Pop Montreal, Mariposa, In The Dead Of Winter, Tiny Lights, and Folk On The Rocks. Watch for more tour dates from Lapell in the near future.

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GETAWAY TRACKLIST
01 Gonna Be Leaving
02 Ask Me No Questions
03 Devil In The Deep
04 Leningrad
05 Sparrow For A Hearth
06 Halfway To Mexico
07 UFO Song
08 Runaway
09 Down By The Water
10 Little Noise
11 Shape Of A Mountain


ABIGAIL LAPELL TOUR DATES
Jan 24 - Halifax NS - The Carleton | In the Dead Of Winter Festival
Feb 8 - Burlington, VT - Radio Bean
Feb 9 - Hanover, NH - Skinny Pancake
Feb 11 - Cambridge, MA - Club Passim
Feb 13-17 - Montreal, QC - Folk Alliance
Feb 18 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo
Feb 20 - Ottawa, ON - Irene's
Feb 25 - Hamilton, ON - Casbah
Feb 27 - Toronto, ON - The Burdock
Mar 2 - Winnipeg, MB - Home Routes House Concert Tour
Mar 3 - St. Clements, MB - Home Routes House Concert Tour
Mar 5 - Winnipeg, MB - Home Routes House Concert Tour
Mar 6 - Niverville, MB - Home Routes House Concert Tour
Mar 7 - Altona, MB - Home Routes House Concert Tour
Mar 8 - Cartwright, MB - Home Routes House Concert Tour
Mar 9 - Wawanesa, MB - Home Routes House Concert Tour
Mar 10 - Birtle, MB - Home Routes House Concert Tour
Mar 12 - Kelwood, MB - Home Routes House Concert Tour
Mar 13 - Baldur, MB - Home Routes House Concert Tour
Mar 14 - Winnipeg, MB - Home Routes House Concert Tour
Mar 15 - Winnipeg, MB - Prairie Ink
Mar 17 - Regina, SK - Cloud 9
Mar 19 - Saskatoon, SK - 134 Homemade Jam
Mar 20 - Red Deer, AB - House Concert
Mar 22 - Edmonton, AB- TBA
Mar 23 - Calgary, AB - Cornerstone Music Cafe
Mar 28 - Vancouver, BC- The WISE Hall
Mar 30- Vernon, BC- TBA

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LIVING HOUR SHARES NEW VIDEO FOR “WATER”, ADD MORE TOUR DATES

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SOFTER FACES DUE OUT MARCH 1 VIA KANINE RECORDS

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2019 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES BEGIN JANUARY 24

“Some of the most heartsick synth-pop since Cocteau Twins.” - Noisey

“Grandiose, all-encompassing shoegaze that stretches to the ends of the earth” - Stereogum

“Hazy, widescreen pop with emotive smoky vocals” - Brooklyn Vegan

"Slowdive just returned, but shoegaze music was already in good hands with Living Hour." - NPR

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Today, Winnipeg’s Living Hour shares "Water", the second single from their upcoming album, Softer Faces. The band teamed up with filmmaker Ryan Steel for a short film to accompany the song.

Steel says: "'Water' is a video about winter in Winnipeg. The video was shot covertly on the streets and in the homes of friends and grandmothers. Liminal spaces such as buses, shopping malls, and arcades all percolate together. Periods of rest and the textures of winter were captured on the outdated medium of 16mm film.”

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Everything about Winnipeg’s Living Hour has been expanding since their humble basement beginnings in 2015. What started with dreamy love songs inspired by the cinematic sky of their hometown has transformed into even more sprawling and expansive expressions on their latest effort, Softer Faces due March 1, via Kanine Records.

What started as a quartet is now a quintet, though still led by the smoky, ethereal lead vocals of Sam Sarty (vocals, trombone, keyboard), who started singing in choirs at a young age. With her strong vocal backbone, musicians Gil Carroll (guitar), Adam Soloway (guitar, vocals), Alex Chochinov (drums, trumpet, organelle), and Brett Ticzon (bass, vocals) are able to shine. Three voices, guitar, trombone, brushed percussion, and boundless effects sees Living Hour pulling from many genres to create their own sonically diverse and unique vibe.

Softer Faces follows up to their highly-praised 2016 S/T debut, featuring haunting, ethereal vocals accompanied by lush, expansive instrumentation. The LP was produced by Kurt Feldman (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Chairlift, DIIV, Dum Dum Girls) in Living Hour’s hometown and mixed by Jarvis Taveniere (Real Estate, Woods, Blouse, Widowspeak) at Thump Studios in Brooklyn.

Known for their mesmerizing and deeply-moving live show, Living Hour has toured Europe, the UK and North America. Their performance captures the dreamy, emotional power of the band’s recordings, creating a mesmerizing, unforgettable, cathartic, and deeply moving live music experience. Sarty finds that, "Sometimes people are a little turned off and not living in the now or being present. I find that when you perform, it's one of the most present moments that you can be in. You're living in the hour."

WATCH AND SHARE “BOTTOM STEP” LIVE HERE

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TOUR DATES:

01/24 - Saskatoon - Black Cat
01/25 - Calgary - King Eddy
01/26 - Rossland - Eagles
01/29 - Edmonton - Aviary
01/30 - Regina - T & A Vinyl and Fashion
02/16 - Winnipeg - Festival Du Voyageur
03/01 - Minneapolis - The Fallout
03/02 - Chicago - The Hideout
03/03 - Bloomington - The Bishop
03/04 - Cincinnati - MOTR
03/05 - Washington DC - Songbyrd
03/06 - Brooklyn - Rough Trade
03/07 - Manhattan - Pianos - New Colossus Festival
03/08 - Salem - Billy's Barn
03/09 - Savannah - Savannah Stopover
03/11-15 - Austin - SXSW
03/16 - Salado - Barrow Brewing Co
03/18 - Phoenix - Lunchbox
03/22 - Los Angeles - The Factory
03/23 - Las Vegas - Starboard Tack
03/28 - Winnipeg - The West End Cultural Centre

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SOFTER FACES TRACKLIST
Hallboy
Bottom Step
I Sink I Sink
Water
Before You Leave
No Past
Slow Shines
Inside
Most

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BEN ROGERS ANNOUNCES NEW LP VIA DALLAS GREEN’S STILL RECORDS, SHARES NEW SINGLE

WILDFIRE DUE MARCH 1 VIA DALLAS GREEN’S STILL RECORDS

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BEN ROGERS CANADIAN TOUR DATES WITH BAHAMAS BEGIN MARCH 18

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It’s called a controlled burn – an ecological intervention of sorts whereby a forest is intentionally set ablaze in order to start anew, to stave off suffocation and spur new growth.

British Columbia singer-songwriter, Ben Rogers proudly announces his album Wildfire, produced by Dallas Green (City and Colour, Alexisonfire, You+Me) will be released March 1. Already marked as one of Exclaim!’s Most Anticipated Albums Of 2019 and one of Amazon Music Canada's Artists To Watch in 2019, Wildfire will be the sophomore release on Dallas Green’s newly minted Still Records. Fans can pre-order or pre-save the album HERE.

Wildfire sees Rogers drifting away from the sounds of his first two acclaimed solo albums, 2015’s The Bloodred Yonder and 2013’s Lost Stories: Volume One. The sound is still rooted in folk and Americana, with an earnest new attitude permeating throughout. It has a raw, hazy, rock-inspired swagger that channels the likes of possessed masterminds from Nick Cave to Otis Redding to Marc Bolan of T.Rex. Put simply, it is enveloping, and the authenticity is palpable.

Indie88 calls “Rattle Your Chains a “powerful” track. The third single from Wildfire, “Rattle Your Chains” is now available HERE following the previously released tracks “Steady Going Nowhere” and “A Changed Man”.  Rogers says, “When I wrote “Rattle Your Chains” I was flat broke, had just been dumped on Christmas morning and had no idea where my life was headed. The verses came in droves and then I cut and pasted them all together. It started as a jilted love song but turned into something much more than that. Turns out I was pissed off about a lot of other things too.”

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Wildfire was penned by Rogers and brought to life under the guidance of a new collaborator - Dallas Green, sitting in the producer’s chair for his first time. Ironically, their partnership was born during a period that each was overcoming a creative impasse.  

Green explains what initially drew him to the project: “I recognized something really special about this collection of songs – this vulnerability from Ben was really moving to me. I think it was a brilliant experience for all of us and resulted in a really beautiful record. Not only do I believe in it and think it’s fantastic, but it also did something for me; it really opened a whole new chapter of my creative life.”

Rogers echoes the sentiment. “I can tell Dallas cares about this project as much as I do. He is just so devoted to the process. He really challenged us, but with a generosity of spirit that you just don’t encounter that often. It was the best experience I’ve ever had on a creative level.”

Rounding out the recording experience were co-producer Karl Bareham (City and Colour) and Rogers’ long time band: Matt Kelly (City and Colour) on pedal steel and keys, Erik Nielsen (Dralms, Rich Hope) on bass, John Sponarski (Aaron Pritchett) on lead guitar, and Leon Power (Frazey Ford) at the kit.

Beginning March 18, Rogers will take Wildfire on the road with Bahamas for a run of Canadian tour dates throughout Ontario. Full tour dates can be found below with tickets on sale now Ticket links can be found HERE.

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WILDFIRE TRACKLIST
01 Doll Bones
02 Holiday
03 Steady Going Nowhere
04 Rattle Your Chains
05 Leviathan Smiles
06 Shame
07 Killing Kind
08 Stackabones
09 Black Beauty
10 A Changed Man
11 Wildfire

LISTEN / BUY “STEADY GOING NOWHERE” HERE

LISTEN / BUY “A CHANGED MAN” HERE

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2019 TOUR DATES W/ BAHAMAS
Mar 18 - St. Catharines, ON - FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre
Mar 20 - Sault Ste. Marie, ON - Sault Community Theatre Centre
Mar 21 - Sudbury, ON - Fraser Auditorium
Mar 22 - Barrie, ON - Mavrick’s Music Hall
Mar 23 - Hamilton, ON - New Vision United Church
Mar 25 - Peterborough, ON - Showplace Performance Theatre
Mar 26 - London, ON - London Music Hall
Mar 27 - North Bay, ON - Capitol Centre

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ABOUT STILL RECORDS
Still Records is a record label established in September 2018 by multi-Platinum acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green. An imprint of award-winning independent label Dine Alone Records, which was started to put out City and Colour’s debut album Sometimes. Still Records is a place where Green will curate a collection of projects that he thinks deserve to be heard and enjoyed.

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