MP3 Ruth Minnikin and Her Bandwagon - Depend on This
With the vision of a tiny symphony swaying in her mind’s eye, Ruth mentally battled and yearned for the momentum to finish the piece. She describes the album as “a conceptually dramatized exaggeration of an avant-garde jalapeno pepper on a life raft.”
12 MP3 Songs in this album (41:14) !
Related styles: Pop: Psychedelic Pop, Folk: Psych-folk, Mood: Upbeat
People who are interested in Joni Mitchell The Beach Boys The Beatles should consider this download.
First reviews are in for Depend on this!!
Twenty-seven months, two weeks, five days and eleven hours after its noble beginnings, Ruth Minnikin and Her Bandwagon will release their orchestral opus, ''Depend on This'' on December 16th in Halifax (Feb 2010 throughout Canada, May 2010 across the United Kingdom and Scandinavia).
During it’s creation, Minnikin tirelessly cultivated her creativity over months of mournful mornings, aloof afternoons and nestled, late-night writing sessions. ''Depend on This'' takes it’s walk on the red carpet of artistic endurance and tested every ounce of Ruth’s body and brain.
With the vision of a tiny symphony swaying in her mind’s eye, Minnikin mentally battled and yearned for the momentum to finish the piece. Minnikin describes the completed album as “a conceptually dramatized exaggeration of an avant-garde jalapeno pepper on a life raft.”
Depend on This'' uber-calculated conclusion spans the Atlantic Ocean and unites seventeen magical musicians, twenty-three integral instruments, a men’s vocal choir, three pop producers, one sound artist, and a handful of visual artists.
On her acclaimed 2006 release ''Folk Art'', Ruth Minnikin stuck to the essentials. Contained in a hand-sewn, ink-stamped canvas case, the album’s packaging reflected the music within. Rootsy, bare and without pretension, ''Folk Art'' offered eleven tracks from an artist with her focus set on the songs and the live-recording process.
Minnikin’s varied and accomplished musical history has surely helped hone this kind of concentration. Her first band, Booming Airplanes, was signed to EMI during the Halifax pop explosion of the ''90’s. Her chamber-pop side project, The Heavy Blinkers developed a cult following all over the world, and at the turn of the millennium, Ruth made two albums and toured the UK and the US with alt-country quintet, The Guthries.
Recent News -
Ruth Minnikin and her bandwagon - Artist of the month - September/09
Ruth''s song ''Depend on This'', received honorable mention in the 16th annual Billboard World Song Contest!!
Here is what they had to say about it. "Very cool song, unique and fresh. Excellent work. Wonderful blend of sounds and musical flavors."
Great live review of Ruth Minnikin and her bandwagon''s showcase in June, at NXNE, June 2009
Some past nods -
“Ruth and her brother are from Nova Scotia and play an assortment of instruments (accordion, mandolin and guitar) and sing glorious harmonies. Ruth sounds a bit like Laura Cantrell and her brother has a deep gruff voice like Billy Bob Thorton. It’s acts like these that make this particular festival a treat for music lovers. By the time they left the stage after a 30 minute set, there was a queue of 11 people at the merch stall, to buy their CD.”
Maverick Magazine, UK
"Canadian country gal Ruth Minnikin just gets better and better. Beautifully presented in a stamped canvas sleeve, third LP Folk Art (4 stars) finds her shifting further from the sweet country-folk of earlier work into the darker recesses of rural American tradition. A bony set of tunes veering from freakshow carnival nightmares ("Bad Dreams Pt.1") through N’awlins jazz ("Chicken Cooped Up In Country Music") to spare parlour folk ("Song Mill"). See https://www.tradebit.com for details."
Uncut - by Rob Hughes
"Ruth Minnikin signed with EMI as part of The Booming Airplanes at the age of 17. Ten years and several albums with Nova Scotian Alternative Country band The Guthries later, she issues her third solo record, Folk Art, in a small cloth bag with stenciled artwork, accompanied by a handwritten track sheet. Recorded and mixed in three days, even fans of lo-fi singer songwriters like Jolie Holland or Freakwater might find Folk Art a little minimal, but Minnikin''s cracked vocal skips over perfectly miniaturized songs featuring mandolin, banjo and French horn. Find Folk Art at https://www.tradebit.com. There''s a hootenanny in the dolls’ house."
London Sunday Times - by Stewart Lee
“Play her when you have company and absolutely everyone will ask you who the singer is. Some will say she sounds like a female Leonard Cohen.”
Monday Magazine, BC
“Ruth Minnikin has a voice that would harmonize happily with the McGarrigle sisters and writes songs of stark but simple emotion that are evocative of Natalie Merchant or Gillian Welch at their respective best."
Maverick Magazine, UK
Some of the big-wigs Ruth has been lucky enough to share a stage or CD with are: Beth Orton (UK), David Byrne (UK), Orwell (France), The Handsome Family (US), Calexico (US), Kris Kristofferson (US), The Lemonheads (US), Gary Louris and Mark Olson (US), Joel Plaskett and The Nova Scotia Symphony (CAN), Buck 65 (CAN) and Blue Rodeo (CAN).