Paper Beat Scissors - Ria Mae - Atlantic Airwaves for Saturday March 17, 2012
The brains behind Paper Beat Scissors is Tim Crabtree. He's a musician and songwriter who arrived in Nova Scotia from Burnley, England in 2004 for a one year master's program and has yet to leave. After he completed his international development studies degree, he ventured into the Halifax music scene who quickly embraced him with open arms and it became apparent that Crabtree had a calling and had found the place to pursue it.
Tim had a lot of help on this album, his first full length, recording the bed tracks in Riverport Nova Scotia's Confidence Lodge by Chilean audio wizard Diego Medina, added to at the Montreal homes of Mike Feuerstack of Snailhouse, and mixed by the hands and ears of, Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara. Some other notables appearing on the recording were Rose Cousins, Tanya Davis, Pietro Amato (of the Luyas, and Bell Orchestre) and Sebastian Chow (of Islands)
Brassy and bold, Ria Mae's got what it takes to brave the storm, as she ventures into the depths of her own vulnerability to resurface with strength and clarity. Moody, melancholic and melodic, Mae creates slick pop songs with universal themes of longing, love lost and hearts found.
Mae's natural approach captures the emotive, sonic essence of the 8-track album, with vocals, guitar, bass and drums recorded live off-the-floor. Part confession, part ballad, "Stop. Rewind. Begin." softly swells with memory and Mae pulls listeners, from the dark, into the light with the title track "Under Your Skin".
Immediately following the ECMA nominated album's release, She went on tour across the US, opening for Boston-based singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick. Mae performed as a duo with Margot Durling (harmonies, percussion) for 17 dates, from Buffalo, New York to Nashville, Tennesse, with one Canadian date at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. In October, Mae travelled to New York City for the Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and won the International Finalist title, and a showcase at CMJ.
After the release of her Between The Bad EP in 2009, Mae was coined Best New Artist by The Coast and was nominated for a Music Nova Scotia Award for Best New Artist in 2010. She has shared the stage with Melissa Ferrick, Amelia Curran, Jenn Grant, and Rose Cousins, and showcased at Nova Scotia Music Week, Canadian Music Week and CMJ.
A versatile artist, Mae performed the lead role "Emily," a renegade homeless musician, in Snow, an award-winning film written and directed by Rohan Fernando. Mae's on-screen performance in Snow premiered at California's Cinequest Film Festival and at the Atlantic Film Festival in 2011. Mae's song "Between the Bad" is featured in the movie's soundtrack, scored by Asif Illyas, which won the Atlantic Film Festival Award for Outstanding Music.
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