Spiral

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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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lyrics

Spiral

Words & Music by Allison Crowe

I’m jealous and crazy
Languid and lazy
Take me quickly
Fill me sickly

Naked I take it
Two lips and a paid debt
Returned and recurring
laid and stirring

Spiral quickly
You can’t see me
But I’m dropping fast
See I want it
See I want it
See I want it now

In peace thoughts fasten
buckled and crass, then,
safely saunter
silent wander

A fine degradation
thick sedation
pain dissipates
sacred desecrates

Spiral quickly
You can’t see me
But I’m dropping fast again
See I want it
See I want it
See I want it now

Spiral quickly
You can’t see me
But I’m dropping fast again
See I want it
See I want it
See I want it now

See I want it
See I want it
See I want it now

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

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