SARAH SLEAN SET TO RELEASE LONG-AWAITED NEW ALBUM METAPHYSICS ON APRIL 7
PREMIERES FIRST NEW SONG IN FIVE YEARS ON CBC q
“ALL THAT WE ARE AND WILL AND DO DEPENDS, IN THE LAST ANALYSIS, UPON WHAT WE BELIEVE THE NATURE OF THINGS TO BE.” – Aldous Huxley
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TORONTO, ON – FEBRUARY 16, 2017 - Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy investigating the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it. Singer-songstress Sarah Slean dares to explore this territory on her forthcoming 9th studio album, aptly titled, Metaphysics, due out April 7, 2017 via Cadence Music/Fontana North. This morning CBC q premiered the long-awaited first new track from Metaphysics, entitled Sarah. Listen and share the official audio, accompanied by a photo diary, here: https://youtu.be/VoxghrcBuLk. Sarah was produced by Slean and fellow songwriter Daniel Romano. The new album includes 10 original songs featuring breathtaking arrangements for string orchestra (scored by Sarah) and the brilliant production contributions of Canuck gems Hawksley Workman, Jean Martin (Tanya Tagaq), Daniel Romano, and Joshua Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers, Megan Bonnell). Mixed by Grammy-winner David Bottrill and Juno-winner Vic Florencia. Stay tuned for more announcements to come, including tour dates at: www.sarahslean.com.
“The song Sarah arrived while I was living on a farm that I had purchased in 2013. Perhaps this rural property was similar to the cabin hibernation I underwent in 2003 to create the 2004 album Day One…. perhaps it was a distraction to deal with not writing or not feeling ready to write…. but it was one thing for sure, a giant metaphor.” Sarah continues: “Gut job and rebuild, no short cuts! Solo. Me, the hammer, the drywall dust, the rose garden, the birds, the dry and brutal winter. Oh, and of course, the piano.”
“When the melody for “Sarah” arrived, its own inner rhythm engendered numerous verses of lyrics – too many to use – so I had to trim them down to pop-song length…But I think I kept the ones that tell the story most plainly and honestly. Ironically, I’ve given these somewhat bittersweet lyrics a buoyant, uplifting pop treatment – big shiny horns, “70’s cop show” string orchestra, a snappy disco beat. Happiest track I’ve created in a long time….”
What’s The Story About Sarah Slean?
Signed to Atlantic/Warner Records at the tender age of 19, three-time Juno nominee and modern-day Renaissance woman Sarah Slean has since released 11 albums in over 10 countries worldwide - but perhaps the most astonishing aspect of her artistry is its breadth. Over her 20-year career, Slean has published two volumes of poetry, starred in short films and a movie musical (spawning two Gemini Award nominations), penned two string quartets, held numerous exhibitions of her paintings, and shared the stage with 8 of the country's professional orchestras. Classically trained from the age of 5, she routinely collaborates with cutting-edge contemporary classical ensembles like The Art of Time, and has been invited to sing world premieres by Canada's leading living composers. Citing such diverse influences as Leonard Bernstein, philosophy, Joni Mitchell, Buddhism and Bach, her music borrows aspects of cabaret, rock, pop, and orchestral: all knit together by the startling poetry of her lyrics, virtuosic piano-playing, and that voice, described by the CBC as “a 19th century Kate Bush”. In addition to headlining theatres across Canada, Sarah has also toured Europe, the US and Scandinavia and has opened internationally for such artists as Bryan Ferry, Rufus Wainwright, Alanis Morissette, Andrew Bird, Feist, Ron Sexsmith, Chris Isaak, and Buck 65. Metaphysics, her first recording in 5 years, is described as a breathtaking amalgamation of Slean’s dramatic orchestral arranging and her signature take on songwriting.
1. Perfect Sky
2. Every Rhythm is the Beat
3. The Dark
5. Loved Well
6. A Thousand Butterflies
7. Holy Ground
8. Not In Vain
9. The Gypsy
10. Nothing But the Light
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