MP3 Anna Coogan - The Nocturnal Among Us
An achingly beautiful collection of stories about life on the brink of adulthood.
11 MP3 Songs in this album (45:22) !
Related styles: Folk: Folk Pop, Country: Americana, Mood: Dreamy
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The Nocturnal Among Us- new release by Anna Coogan
In a Seattle winter, the light struggles through the subterranean gloom. The mist never fully lifts, your feet are never quite dry, and the sun can go months without shining. The Nocturnal Among Us, the new release by songwriter Anna Coogan, was written over the course of two of these winters, in the dark of early morning and during her long, insomniac nights. The songs struggle with the bewildering changes inherent in the late twenties—getting married, growing up, moving on.
In stark contrast to the depths of winter, The Nocturnal was tracked during the hottest week of the summer, at the Great North Sound Society, the Maine farmhouse studio owned by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim). Coogan assembled a team of talented musicians from around the country, including drummer and longtime collaborator Eric Hastings, Phili-based engineer Geoff Hastings, Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter), and keyboard player Brooks Miner. She brought producer JD Foster (Calexico, Laura Cantrell) onboard to help shape 15 songs into a cohesive record. Recorded in the 8 days between her first European tour and her wedding, The Nocturnal Among Us is an achingly beautiful snapshot of life at the brink of adulthood.
After a few years of hibernation following the 2007 break up of her band, north19, 2009 was a breakthrough year for Coogan. She joined Nashville band Lambchop for the Northwest leg of their tour, traveled to Switzerland to open for Reamonn at the prestigious “Blue Balls” festival, and joined the likes of Fred Eaglesmith and the Everybodyfields at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle. She has preformed live in-studio on Seattle station KEXP, been featured on an ABC television series, worked with Grammy winner S. Husky Huskolds, and at played at festivals around the country. As a solo artists, she has been joined by some of the best session players in the country, including Jeremy Chatsky (Bruce Springsteen, Laura Cantrell), Jd Foster (Patty Griffin), Austin Nevins (Josh Ritter), and Joe Doria (Skerik).
2010 will bring extensive touring in support of “The Nocturnal Among Us”.
At the age of 19, Anna Coogan found herself in Salzburg, Austria, studying opera in a language she did not yet know. She explains: “I’m not exactly sure how I got there- a series of good auditions and better luck. I did not speak a word of German when I first got there-- it was a crash course.”
Somewhat bewildered by the pressures of being in the prestigious world of opera, Anna shocked the old guard at the Mozarteum by singing American show tunes for recitals, and missing class to go skiing in the Austrian Alps. “I love opera, but I never could relate to the music. It did not feel like mine. I’d show up burnt from the mountains, unable to sing very well, and be in a load of trouble with my teachers.”
Homesick and lovesick for the man she would later marry, Anna returned to the US in 2001, swearing off music for good. She re-enrolled at the University of Washington in Seattle and began to a degree in Evolutionary Biology. It was in late 2001, sometime after the events of September 11, that Anna first heard Alison Krauss sing. “I had never heard any sort of country music until that point. I grew up on the Beatles, on opera and old 1960’s folk music. Hearing old-time music changed the course of my life, yet again. I was hooked.”
Finally finding music that she could relate to, Anna picked up her old guitar and started hammering out old-time, two chord songs. She wrote her first song, played her first gig, and formed the band “Anna Coogan and north19” in a matter of months.
After only a year together, Anna Coogan and north19 released their first full length record, Glory, on local country-noir label Tarnished Records. The positive reception surprised the young band, who went from playing open stages and coffeeshops to selling out the larger clubs in the region. Glory rose to the top of local station KEXP’s charts, and the band was featured live in-studio on the show “Swinging Doors”. The record sold well across the US and Europe, rose to number 13 on the FAR charts, and was featured on national and local TV.
After the 2007 release of sophomore album Sleepwalker, which was mixed by Grammy winner S. Husky Huskolds (Norah Jones, Tom Waits) and featured on ABC series “Kyle XY”, Anna Coogan and north19 quietly retired. Anna once again found herself rootless in the music world: “After all we put into north19, it was sad to see it go.” She says, “But it was time.”
Anna spent the last few years writing, recording, and now, releasing her new record, "The Nocturnal Among Us." " I had three years to write these songs" she explains. "That''s a lot of time to filter out the bad songs and focus on the good ones. This collection is by far my best yet." The Nocturnal Among Us will be released in March, 2010.
"Based on her powerful pipes and the catch in her throat, she could just as easily pass for a native of Nashville..." -The Stranger
"Coogan''s voice brings to mind the sweet but striking approach of Kelly Willis and Iris Dement."- No Depression Magazine
"Coogan''s voice-well honed, sharpened tool that it is-slaloms between cues from Rosanne Cash and Alison Krauss, taking fuel from the formers grit and the latter''s sweet soul....rises above the throng of local folksingers in Seattles alt-country scene."- Seattle Sound magazine
“Her voice swoops and soars as she wraps herself around each lyric. Each melody is laced with dug-down deep poetry.” – Portland Oregonian
"Coogan''s songs deal eloquently with the wonderings and soggy wanderings that come with a young adulthood spent in the Pacific Northwest....but Coogan embraces the silver lining offerered by the clouds, ultimately making for hopeful songs." - Missoula Independent
"Coogan''s voice slides from note to note without ever slipping. "- Seattle PI
"Her music is the Truth"- Fred Eaglesmith