(Nominated for a 2013 JUNO Award - Best
Roots & Tradition Album of the Year and a 2013 Canadian
Folk Music Award -
Contemporary Album of the Year )
The new release! Indie music meets Occupy on Annabelle Chvostek's Rise, a rousing celebration of recent grassroots uprisings in Canada and around the world, complete with casseroles, a "peoples' chorus" and a cover of Peter Tosh's "Equal Rights".
Annabelle Chvostek’s first ever live release. It’s Annabelle solo, playing guitar, violin and mandolin, running through a setlist that includes hits like ‘Devil’s Paintbrush Road’, nuggets like ‘Madonna Loves Me’, heartfelt covers of ‘Equal Rights’by Peter Tosh and the Velvet Underground’s ‘Some Kinda Love’, and a new, previously-unreleased song, ‘Hartland Quay’.
(Nominated for a 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award
- Contemporary Album of the Year)
Recorded in New York and Montreal with Grammy-nominated Canadian record producer Roma Baran and her producing partner Vivian Stoll, Resilience is a sublime, spare, and profoundly reflective album that Chvostek describes as "a big complicated hug." The theme, as the title suggests, is resilience, with relationships often serving as a metaphor or jumping off point for looking at how human kind survives its own foibles and the resulting "craziness" of the world.
From the first ringing notes of "Devil's Paintbrush Road," the listener is struck by her intense immersion in some of the oldest musical traditions on the planet. She reinvigorates folk forms from Eastern Europe, from the high lonesome cadences of bluegrass country, and from the ironic, canny self-mockery of old school music hall and vaudeville. And in the tradition of Canadian singer-songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, she's made these musical forms her own.
Like an instant shot of optimism, Water delivers songs steeped in joyous lived experience. Backed by some great acoustic musicians drawn from Montreal's jazz and cabaret folk scene, Chvostek combines seductive hooks with a sensual musical intricacy, and heady lyrics that leap from the personal to the political to the universal in an edgy metaphysical style. Her sparkling vocals and guitar work speak to a generation grappling with a vast and shifting landscape of environmental, political and social forces.