Erin Costelo - Charlie A'Court - On Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday September 29, 2012
On this saturday's edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' - two features on two new albums - Erin Costelo will be along with her new recording 'We Can Get Over' - and Charlie A'Court will be by with his new release 'Triumph & Disaster'
It's been three years since Erin Costelo delivered her Fire & Fuss collection, but the Halifax-based singer-songwriter returns later this fall with a new soul-geared album called 'We Can Get Over'. The 10-song set, which a press release explains is inspired by Costelo's love of "old soul, '60s vocal groups and classic arranging," will be released on October 9. "The album is inspired by records that I love and wanting to make an album, or aspire to make an album, that would move people as much as great records have moved me," says Costelo. The album's arrangements strive to stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Jerry Ragavoy, Bert Burns and Burt Bacharach, with its overall sound said to be similar to the Dells, the Impressions and the Exciters. Costelo produced the album herself, a first for the musician, and tracked the bulk of it at Halifax's Echo Chamber Studio with engineer Charles Austin. Additional recording was done at Phil Sedore's Living Room Studio. On top of Costelo's smoky singing voice, the record features Clive MacNutt on guitar and bass, Lukas Pearse on bass, some drumming from Benn Ross and Dave Marsh, and some assistance from Anne Simons of the Blue Engine String Quartet and the NSCC Choir. Background vocals are also offered up from Selah Koile, Samm Reid, and Kirsten Donawa.
Charlie A'Court's first studio recording in six years, 'Triumph & Disaster' was recorded at Codapop Studios in Halifax with producer Chris Kirby of St. John's, NL at the helm. The album features 13 brand new original songs from Charlie A'Court and an impressive lineup of co-writers including Ron Hynes, Kim Wempe, Jamie Robinson, Chris Kirby, Dave Simpson and Jason Mingo, along with a cover of Sam Cooke's classic "A Change Is Gonna Come". The album title, 'Triumph & Disaster', is a tip of the hat to the late, British author, Rudyard Kipling and his acclaimed poem, 'IF' " says A'Court. "The excerpt reads, If you can meet with Triumph & Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same...the line refers to a balance between high and low emotions." A'Court plays with a delicate balance of emotion touching on feelings of jubilation, redemption, isolation and absolute love for another. Winner of the 2007 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year and 2007 Music Nova Scotia Blues Recording of the Year for his album Bring On The Storm and 2003 Best Blues Artist for his debut album Color Me Gone, A'Court has walked the line between blues and adult contemporary.
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