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Today, Abigail Lapell is sharing another new track from her upcoming third LP Getaway, due out February 1 via Coax Records / Outside,. “Devil In The Deep” is “kind of a rock anthem that's equal parts religious symbolism and nursery rhyme,” says Lapell. “I'm fascinated by these very stylized, mythical kinds of language – the devil in music is such a timeless cliche, and water slash redemption imagery crops up a lot in my songs on this album. To me the devil figure in this song is something dark and enthralling but also a bit playful, like a trickster – maybe a good metaphor for the process of creating art.”
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. The Toronto vocalist, guitarist, and multi-instrumentalist has released two acclaimed solo albums. Hide Nor Hair, her Chris Stringer-produced sophomore LP, won a Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Album of the Year in 2017.
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 Toronto’s 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.
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”.
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.
01 Gonna Be Leaving
02 Ask Me No Questions
03 Devil In The Deep
05 Sparrow For A Hearth
06 Halfway To Mexico
07 UFO Song
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