Thu, Dec 19, 2013.
It's been far too long since we've heard from Lullaby Baxter. At least, too long for those waiting for an album. The lucky ones in Moncton have been able to enjoy new songs and old at a series of dining/music experiences she's hosted over the past while. The rest of us have had to be content with her two delightful, highly-praised albums, 2000's Capable Egg, and 2006's Garden Cities of To-morrow. But good news, patient fans! A new recording is on the way.
Let's step back for those not familiar. Baxter broke out of Montreal in 2000 with her debut disc, signed directly to the legendary Atlantic Records label. A mutual friend had heard her work, and recommended her to the company. Great reviews followed from all over, including The Village Voice, The Globe and Mail and Q Magazine. The follow-up was just as sweet, and around that time, Baxter moved to Moncton for family connections, at the time working with local group Great Balancing Act. Since then, she's been storing up songs and working hard on them, along with collaborator Robinson St. George. Now, that sounds suspiciously like the intersection of two Moncton streets, but no matter, he's a fine pianist.
The two are now ready to get to work on the final product, and they are about to launch an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds. The album is going to be called L'HEURE DE L'ÉTOILE. They have 20 songs ready to go, with titles such as Here Goes Last Try, Time Being, and Good And Sorry, some of the material in French. The plan is to whittle that down to 12 cuts for the album, to be cut in Montreal with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire), an old pal.
Baxter has put together a fun video to launch the campaign, which includes snippets of several tracks in demo form. As well, there's a handy flowchart to show you the whole plan, and she's even included a financial breakdown that shows what you're contribution will finance: For instance, one dollar will cover the cost of recording 1/8th of a second of the album. And yes, you can contribute as little as a buck. It's going to launch soon, and I'll bring you the details and site of the campaign when it begins. The idea is to record this winter, send contributors a copy of the album in the summer, with a full release shortly after. Stay tuned!
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).