Oceans

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    ♫ Spiral ♫ contains eight of Allison Crowe’s original songs, ranging from the tender and playful country/roots of “Dearly”, to the upbeat pop of “Double-Edged Swords”, ’cross the loving “Oceans”, and darker terrain of “I Don’t Know” and the hard rocking title track. Raw, natural, emotion is embraced passionately with elegiac beauty and melody in these, and such joy-filled tunes as “Going Home Tonight” and “No Matter the Battle”. With the live track, “Wake Up”, Crowe, again, renders the personal universal, and the global, human.

    Uniquely known not just as one of the most exciting songwriters of a new generation, Crowe is also one of our finest interpreters of popular song. Spiral’s mix of light and shadow includes a trio of fresh covers –
    revisiting music of Annie Lennox (“Why”), Leonard Cohen (“Chelsea Hotel No. 2”), and Hunters and Collectors’ Antipodean anthem, “Throw Your Arms Around Me”.

    On this new song collection, the bi-coastal Canadian, (she calls Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Nanaimo, British Columbia, home), is joined by ideally-skilled and sympathetic west-coast musicians Billie Rocha-Woods (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Dave Baird (bass, backing vocals), Laurent Boucher (percussion), Brendan Millbank (cello) and Larry Anschell (electric guitar, and, also, Engineer/Producer at Turtle Studios in White Rock, B.C.)

    Kayla Schmah, Los Angeles-based, Canadian-born, composer and film scorer, orchestrates and produces the album with, yes, "gorgeous" musical textures, and cinematic ideas artfully brought to life. Concert capturings by Engineers B.R.N. (aka Condor) and John MacMillan complete this diverse mix of music made in Corner Brook, Nanaimo, as well as Chilliwack, White Rock, Denman Island and Salt Spring Island, Canada, Vienna, Austria, and Hollywood, USA.

    The visual art of Spiral matches its aural beauty - with cover paintings by Netherlands-based Tara Thelen, photographs by Canada's Billie Rocha-Woods, and California's Dan Goldwasser, fontage from Brazil’s Billy Argel and graphic design by Florida's Alix Whitmire.
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Wishing you and yours love and good health – this Valentine’s and V-Day week – and throughout the year(s)!!

Allison Crowe’s voyage encompasses Canada’s Pacific and Atlantic coasts and, virtually, the whole world – and it all comes back to the heart.

On “Oceans”, Allison (voice, guitar, engineer) is accompanied by musical shipmates: Billie Woods (acoustic guitar); Dave Baird (bass); Laurent Boucher (percussion); Larry Anschell (electric guitar, engineer); with Kayla Schmah (producer): music.allisoncrowe.com/track/oceans

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Oceans

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

I have a heart that’s torn between two oceans
Please don’t confuse me with the sea
In the flicker of an eyelash - and a nap
I’m off to Germany

Folds of the time that we never spend
Wrap around me like an illness
Now I have a contentment in me
A small death likened to stillness

And I am alive
And this is not contrived
It’s just how I feel about you
And you and you

A calm and fickle breeze blows through
Sand rolling between the toes of strangers
The laughter and the tearing eyes
Aware but uncaring of the dangers

Words thrown out and cast back slow
Testing the bridges and waters clear
Faces lovely, too fleeting to hold
See them truly, void of fear

And I am alive
And this is not contrived
It’s just how I feel about you
And you and you

The heart collides in small bursts of sparks
And holds true sometimes to false
But you’re nothing if you don’t feel this
You’d barely have a pulse

And so I continue on my merry way,
A gypsy twisting with imaginary lovers
Together with so many in the tides of day
Alone beneath the covers

But I am alive
And this is not contrived
It is just how I am feeling about you
And you and you and you

It is just how I feel about you
And you and you and you

And you

credits

from Spiral, released March 17, 2010
Allison Crowe - voice, guitar, engineer
Billie Woods - acoustic guitar
Dave Baird - bass
Laurent Boucher - percussion
Larry Anschell - electric guitar, engineer
Kayla Schmah - producer

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