MP3 Ellen Hamilton - Distant. Early. Warning.
Mature, sophisticated, poignant and powerful songs; stunning in their instrumental variety, virtuosity and texture, and the voice… so emotionally charged and delicate, you can’t help but stop and listen.
12 MP3 Songs in this album (42:34) !
Related styles: Folk: Folk Pop, Pop: Folky Pop, Type: Acoustic
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Living north of the tree-line in Iqaluit, Nunavut, it is no wonder that Canadian folk singer Ellen Hamilton uses imagery of the North as metaphor for the heart’s landscape. Ellen has gone deep into her muse—asking that rivers be remembered, glaciers be returned, life to go on.
Joined by musical friends from across the country, Ellen and her partner, co-producer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Coleman have orchestrated sumptuous and mature settings for lyrics that speak of places “slipping away” and hearts wandering in the cold. Slide guitar player Steve Dawson offers mystery on To the North and Moon Stay Down. Multiple Juno-winner, David Francey, sings duet on When the Night Was Young, a song about music’s power to carry on beyond loss. Harmonica-god Mike Stevens, breathes passion and whimsy as does Irish uellian-piper Stefan Hannigan. Hope too is here, where change is as simple as One Heart Singing - and yet always the poignancy, the beautiful sadness.
For over 15 years, Ellen was lead singer of the Canadian folk band Night Sun, winning critical praise for her songwriting and her passionate voice. Billboard magazine called her songs, “ageless music” and Sing Out raved, “Ellen’s voice is mesmerizing and infectious”. Ellen began work on this first solo album in a farmhouse north of Kingston, Ontario. Partway through the process, Ellen and Chris moved to a little yellow house overlooking Frobisher Bay in Iqaluit, Canada’s most northern city. This is the album-- written and produced by a Canadian songwriter with two feet firmly planted in snow, heart in hand, face to the wind.