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Rose Cousins - Steve Gates - Atlantic Airwaves, Saturday February 25, 2012

On this weekends' edition of 'Atlantic Airwaves' - A feature on Rose Cousins and her new release 'We Have Made A Spark' - and - A Feature on Steve Gates and his debut solo recording 'A Bee In Her Mouth'.
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'We Have Made A Spark' follows Rose Cousins' two multi-award-winning albums 'The Send Off' (2009) produced by Luke Doucet and 'If You Were For Me' (2006) produced by CBC in Halifax. Yet another collection of stunning songs by Rose Cousins, her third album braves weighty topics.
"We develop patterns that keep us from moving forward. It takes a deep breath and a bucket of courage to face the uncomfortable, painful things we work so hard to avoid. Reward comes from recognizing the obstacle exists and pushing through fear."
Rooted in authenticity and conviction of voice, from driving opening track The Darkness to stark piano ballad Go First, you feel as though Rose Cousins sings for you, about your life. It is that sincerity that leads some to compare Cousins to our most beloved songwriters, and yet, her passionate delivery is distinctly, Rose. From writing songs from a tiny cabin without electricity on a New Hampshire island to the stage of one her many international tour stops her lone voice reaches out to listeners, all of us surrounded by our own forms of darkness, and charges us to have the courage to forge ahead.
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Recorded in a makeshift studio in a Halifax apartment and produced by John Critchley (Dan Mangan, Elliott Brood, Graham Wright), 'A Bee In Her Mouth' is Steve Gates' debut full-length record. Recording sessions started the day after a public talk given by Daniel Lanois during which he inspired his listeners to be reckless and trust themselves in the studio. The record features a number of prominent Halifax musicians such as Jenn Grant and Daniel Ledwell on 'Something New', as well as Rose Cousins on 'Down to the River'. Kris Pope (Acres and Acres, Jenn Grant, Down with the Butterfly) and Adam Fine (Gypsophila) each appear on a number of tracks, as do members of Steve's band, Caledonia. In this record, Gates abuses song forms old and new, filling them with his own stories and unique voice. The result is a record that is ragged and beautiful.

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