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New album of experimental folk / off-kilter pop -- the fruit of a year-long collaboration between songwriter Gabe Levine & producer Sandro Perri.
Featuring Gabe Levine (vocals, guitars), Jesse Levine (organ, rhodes), Mike Smith (bass, string arrangements), Jessica Moore (banjo, vocals), Sandro Perri (synths), Jay Anderson (drums), Brandon Valdivia (drums), Julia Collins (violin), Mika Posen (viola), Nick Storring (cello) and Jeremy Strachan (flute and sax).
Immediate download of 10-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire. Includes jpg files of cover art and liner notes.
CD in beautiful reverse-board printed digipack, with original artwork by Anna Silverstein, including 6-page lyric sheet.
Also includes immediate download of 10-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
Gabe Levine has roots in the Montreal music scene, where he led experimental-country act Sackville (1994-2002) and was a founding member of avant-Yiddish collective Black Ox Orkestar (2000-2007), both affiliated with Constellation Records. Now based in Toronto, his music continues to experiment with folk forms and traditions, blending them with creative songwriting and striking arrangements.
"Levine arranges his group like a wayward laboratory where each member adds subtle creations of sound to the ongoing flow. The result is at times starkly beautiful, but just as often icily transfixing, stalled in slow motion." (NME)
The new disc Long Spun Thread is the fruit of a year-long collaboration between singer-songwriter Gabe Levine and producer Sandro Perri (well-known for his own songwriting as well as his electro project Polmo Polpo). Levine and Perri have gathered some of Toronto's finest improvising musicians for an album of intricate, folk-inflected experimental pop. Blending Krautrock beats, woozy soul keyboards, fingerpicked guitar, fragile harmonies and soaring strings and horns, each of these ten songs creates its own sound-world to flesh out Levine’s introspective and elliptical songwriting. Inspired by artists like Curtis Mayfield, Caetano Veloso, Michael Hurley and Arthur Russell, Levine and Perri combine classic song-forms with layers of sonic inventiveness, creating a music full of circular movement, wandering melodies and infectious rhythms.
The players on Long Spun Thread are some of the most creative on the Toronto scene, comfortable in folk, jazz, experimental, improvised, and indie pop contexts, including bands like Canaille, Muskox, Charms, Timber Timbre, Steamboat, Not The Wind Not The Flag and others.
released 01 October 2010
produced and mixed by Sandro Perri
featuring Gabe Levine (vocals, guitars), Jesse Levine (organ, rhodes), Mike Smith (bass, string arrangements), Jessica Moore (banjo, vocals), Sandro Perri (synths), Jay Anderson (drums), Brandon Valdivia (drums), Julia Collins (violin), Mika Posen (viola), Nick Storring (cello) and Jeremy Strachan (flute and sax)
all songs by Gabe Levine
recorded by James Anderson at 6 Nassau, Toronto
additional recording by Sandro Perri
mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market, Montreal
artwork by Anna Silverstein
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