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The new holiday album by Angela Carole Brown is an eclectic folksy mix of traditional favorites and introspective new takes, betraying a reverent nod to a Waits-ian world, with just a pinch of the Celtic, designed for an intimate listening setting.
The newest from Rue de la Harpe Records, singer/songwriter Angela Carole Brown's first-ever holiday album, WINTER, is a folksy, eclectic mix of traditional favorites and reflective new takes, designed for an intimate listening setting. Teamed with a gifted ensemble that features guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Ken Rosser, bass player Randy Landas, and drummer, percussionist, and vocalist Lynn Coulter, WINTER is Angela's introspective nod to the holidays in all of its shades of winter.
Angela has chosen established songs (and composed one) that reflect the whole wonderful spectrum of emotional colors that the holidays can conjure, with her own distinctive take on material by artists ranging in diversity from Rodgers & Hammerstein to John Lennon.
The holidays mean something different for everyone, and as a songwriter Angela has always tended toward a more contemplative brand of music, so she couldn't very well pass up the opportunity to include representing the melancholy and loneliness that can sometimes accompany the season. The Pogues' iconic "Fairytale of New York" is a prime example; a tender, nostalgic song about the homeless on Christmas Eve. Angela and the gents have concocted an arrangement reminiscent of the Salvation Army Bands of old.
On the other hand, there's plenty of playfulness and joy here as well. A flirty coquetry oozes from cuts like "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (a duet with Lynn Coulter) and "My Favorite Things."
And an ode to love reigns on the one original, the title track, her baby, "Winter."
The entire production betrays a reverent nod to a Waits-ian world, with just a pinch of the Celtic, in this ambient, textural canon of holiday songs.
She's a New Year baby! So this time of year has always been Angela's favorite, but also because it symbolizes restoration, reflection & renewal. So here's wishing for you a few breathtaking insights and some stunning illuminations. May today, and always, there be peace and goodwill within.
released December 1, 2012
Angela Carole Brown - vocals, keyboards, and glockenspiel
Ken Rosser - guitars and electric sitar
Randy Landas - bass
Lynn Coulter - drums, percussion, and vocals
Michael Kramer - bg vocals & piano on "Closing of the Year"
Recorded by John Groover McDuffie @ Grooveolator Music
Additional recording by Michael Kramer @ Wolftone Music
& Ken Rosser @ Po' Tools Studios
Mixed by Michael Kramer
Mastered by Maurice Gainen
Iowan hoar frost photographs by Jean Marinelli
Writer/musician/artist Angela Carole Brown has been a veteran of the L.A. music scene for over two decades as a vocalist and
recording artist. She is a published novelist, essayist, and poet. Her art and design has graced the covers of thirty-plus CD covers for other artists. Her proudest achievement, however, is as a kidney donor, which she did in 2008....more