|Big Little Lions — Alive and Well (Feb. 23, 2018)|
Big Little Lions — Alive and Well (Feb. 23, 2018) •★• Canadian Folk Music Award Winners, Big Little Lions are folk pop duo. The thousands of fans they’ve gathered since agree, Austin and Otten have stumbled on a powerful musical chemistry. Big Little Lions have played renowned festivals, including Shelter Valley, Islands Folk Fest, Mariposa, Summerfolk, the Alianait Arts Festival, the Paper City Music Festival, and the Vancouver Island Music Fest. Their songs have also been featured across Canada on CBC and in the United States. The Alive and Well tour will see the Lions perform across the Canadian prairies, around the Great Lakes, and beyond, dotting a final line of concerts from Ohio all the way to Florida.
•★• Watching Big Little Lions on the stage, audiences will understand what the closing lyrics of Alive and Well proclaim so clearly: when people gather to share music, “love is all there is.”Location: Comox Valley, BC, Canada & Cincinnati Ohio, US
Album release: February 23, 2018
Record Label: Far Flung Records
01 Find Your Tribe 3:45
02 Alive and Well 3:34
03 Against The Wall 3:46
04 Static 3:26
05 Come This Far 3:44
06 Our Turn 2:51
0 Broken 3:07
08 Disguise 3:27
09 Unicorn 3:18
10 Big Mistake 3:28
11 Pieces Of Me 3:16
12 Kind 3:26
13 Do Better 3:07
℗ 2018 Far Flung Records, under exclusive license to Blaster Records, Ltd.
Members: Helen Austin & Paul Otten
•★• “The conviviality and charm that are palpable in these 12 tunes sound like the product of two people working closely and side~by~side. But, then again, the natural pairing of Austin and Otten is an indication that distance is just a number, one that can’t hold back real musical camaraderie. Big Little Lions’ A Little Frayed, A Little Torn is a jubilant collection of folk~pop song craft.” — Popmatters
•★• “The music of Big Little Lions — the duo of Helen Austin and Paul Otten — is a blissful marriage of new folk and sophisticated pop. The award~winning songwriters have voices that blend like magic and whenever they make music together it’s the cue for a heady mixture of soul, spirit and fun.” — Mariposa Folk Festival
•★• “The duo’s sound mixes the new school folk of Mumford and Sons with a dance rhythm that keeps the music sounding light and upbeat. It also doesn’t hurt that their songs are very catchy and aided by how well Austin and Otten’s voices complement each other.” — The ExaminerReview
•★• With bands like Of Monsters & Men & The Lumineers making mainstream success, it opens new doors for more and more unique sounding bands to jump into the eyes and ears of many new listeners to music they’ve never known they liked.
•★• Enter Big Little Lions, comprised of Helen Austin & Paul Otten. The duo is a sight to see, as they play multiple instruments at a time during live performances. The duo are releasing their newest album Alive and Well on February 23 and I got the awesome experience to hear it early and boy, was I impressed.
•★• Every song has a different sound to it, making each song a different experience. Each song was inspired by individual things. “Static” for example is inspired by the Netflix series “Stranger Things” while “Come This Far” was inspired by Goyte, most notable for their hit, “Somebody I Used to Know”.
•★• One of the more interesting facts I learned from this album was that Austin & Otten wrote and produced the album through emails, as they reside in completely opposite sides of North America. It’s amazing how they could produce such a great album without ever recording in one place together.
•★• I can promise you that you will have a favourite on this album, while someone else will have a completely different one. I personally enjoyed “Unicorn” the most. It starts off slow but picks up super fast. I found myself going back to that song during my multiple listens to the album.
•★• I can see big things on the horizon from Big Little Lions. I can see how their name can predict their future, as right now they are a little duo but moving on to bigger things. I may be looking too deeply into that but I’m positive that they will have great success, especially if this is just the start for them. •★• http://canadianbeats.ca/
Alive and Well Tour Bio
•★• Big Little Lions turn helpless apprehensions into hopeless optimism with their latest album Alive and Well — a collection of songs that manage to capture this moment in time in a way only a songwriter can.
•★• The pairing of two individually successful songwriters — Helen Austin and Paul Otten, Big Little Lions have continuously been recognized for their writing. Including 1st place in the International Songwriting Competition, Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Award. Alive and Well is their natural progression and comes at a time when the role of the songwriter seems as important as ever.
•★• With Austin based on Vancouver Island, BC and Otten based in Cincinnati, OH the duo proves that borders do not divide us and that art can bring us together.
•★• Alive and Well will be released Feb 23, 2018 followed by a North American tour.
•★• Big Little Lions are the award winning band from Cincinnati, OH and BC, Canada born out of a collaboration that won them a JUNO Award in 2014. Ever since they have been cranking out infectious folk pop songs that are jam~packed with emotion along with tight harmonies that sound like the product of two people working closely and side~by~side instead of living in different countries.
•★• “The conviviality and charm that are palpable in these 12 tunes sound like the product of two people working closely and side~by~side. But, then again, the natural pairing of Austin and Otten is an indication that distance is just a number, one that can’t hold back real musical camaraderie. Big Little Lions’ A Little Frayed, A Little Torn is a jubilant collection of folk~pop songcraft.” — PopMatters.com
•★• After winning Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for their 2015 debut album they released their sophomore album, Just Keep Moving, which has garnered attention from many CBC and College radio stations as well as blogs and magazines. The album was nominated for two WCMA’s for Roots Group and Recording of the Year and two 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards — Contemporary Album and Vocal Group of the Year.
•★• “It’s the cohesiveness, too, of Frayed that buoys the album as one of the finest and most organic releases of 2015.” — Popdust.com
•★• Both of them are hugely prolific songwriters and between them they have had hundreds of TV, movie and ad placements. Their music has been on CBC Radio 2 Top 20 for many weeks and they are often featured on CBC radio shows including The Vinyl Cafe and Q.
•★• “The duo’s sound mixes the new school folk of Mumford and Sons with a dance rhythm that keeps the music sounding light and upbeat. It also doesn’t hurt that their songs are very catchy and aided by how well Austin and Otten’s voices complement each other.” — Examiner
•★• Their live show is quite the spectacle with both Paul and Helen using every limb and then some to create a full band experience.
•★• “The Way Home is one of those songs that you’ll think you’ve heard before the first time you hear it. It’s just so infectious that it sinks into your consciousness from the first listen.” — Guitar World
|Big Little Lions — Alive and Well (Feb. 23, 2018)|