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Sarah MacDougall
Grand Canyon

Sarah MacDougall — Grand Canyon (Feb 24, 2015)

CanadaSweden         Sarah MacDougall — Grand Canyon 
♣   Sarah MacDougall je víc než jen generická písničkářka. Ve vší své jednoduchosti, její aktuální gesta směrem k úniku velkých myšlenek vedou k zamyšlení. Grand Canyon bere posluchače na cestu napříč spektrem krajin, MacDougall čerpá ze životních zkušeností ve své vlasti Švédsku, a z její adoptivního domova v Kanadě.
Location: Whitehorse, YT, CANADA
Album release: Feb 24, 2015
Record Label: Rabbit Heart Music
Duration:     34:29
1. I want to see the light (Lost from our eyes)     3:45
2. Sparrowhead     4:10
3. Malmö i mitt hjärta     6:05
4. Grand Canyon     3:20
5. The story of Pippi and Lionheart     4:23
6. Baby, it’s only Rock n’ Roll     5:39
7. Devil’s Gap     3:09
8. 2012     3:58
2015 Sarah MacDougall
By Sarah Towle
♣   Published Feb 27, 2015; Score: 8
♣   Sarah MacDougall's latest record, Grand Canyon, is steeped in sounds that remind you of her Nordic roots and Northern Canadian homestead: patches of synths, vocal delay and reverberated strings, layered over top of MacDougall's uniquely wavering voice, all wrapped into a package reminiscent of dark winters and aurora borealis. 
♣   But it's not just richer sounds and a slight folk departure that sets Grand Canyon apart from MacDougall's previous two studio releases (2011's The Greatest Ones Alive and 2009's Across the Atlantic); MacDougall delves into deeper and darker themes on this record. The album's first track, "I Want to See the Light" references a sombre moment in the history of her hometown, Malmö, Sweden, when an anti–immigrant gunman targeted only dark–haired people over the course of 2010 ("Did you hear the news today? / There's a killer on the loose / He's only shooting dark haired people / Could be aiming right at you"). Similarly, the track "Malmö i mitt hjärta" — translated from her native Sweden as "Malmö, My Heart" — has a lingering sadness and earthy sound to it; it's simultaneously a love and goodbye letter to her hometown.
♣   But Grand Canyon has more punch to it than just longing. Tracks like "The Story of Pippi and Lionheart" and "Sparrowhead" have driving drum lines and catchy synth riffs that make them perfect for road tripping through Canada's tundra, with appearances by Leah Abramson and Rose Cousins, respectively. Finished off with the more acoustic–driven "2012," and you have an album of darkness and light, the spring and sun after a long, arctic winter.  (Independent) :: http://exclaim.ca/                                                       © PHOTO Oscar Nyström
♣   Described by the magazine Rootstime in Belgium as ‘One of the greatest talents of our era”, and listed as the “2nd best gig” by the major UK newspaper The Independent,  becoming the #1 most played artist on Canadian Galaxie Folk/Roots radio, Canadian/Swedish Sarah MacDougall is an upcoming artist who is getting known for her honest and poetic songs, blistering guitar chops, passionate performances, and unique astounding voice. She has been earning rave reviews and topping major music writers top ten album of the year lists as a songwriter since her official debut album Across the Atlantic (2009), all the while producing and engineering her own music. Born in Sweden, 24 hrs Vancouver called her ‘one of the most promising exports out of Sweden since Abba’, Swedish magazine Nöjesguiden recently declared her “One of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters”. The debut Across the Atlantic got four–star reviews in such notable publications as Q magazine, the Irish Times, No Depression, and the recent album The Greatest Ones Alive has been gathering 4 and 5 star reviews since its release in August 2011.
♣   Sarah’s songs have been chosen for onboard entertainment on Lufthansa airplanes twice, on the Fox TV drama ’15 Love’, on an ad for Roots Clothing , and she’s been a semi–finalist on the International Songwriting competition with her song Crow’s Lament. She has performed live on the Bob Harris BBC2 show in the UK, played several Canadian and International Festivals,  performed with such notable artists as Mary Gauthier, Todd Snider, Kimmie Rhodes, and toured with Po’Girl.
♣   THE GREATEST ONES ALIVE was produced in Vancouver and in Whitehorse with the help of Matt Rogers (Mark Berube, C.R. Avery, The Fugitives), and Bob Hamilton (Kim Barlow, Gordie Tentrees, the Breakmen). It features ten melodic, beautifully written, epic, and touching songs that showcase the growth in Sarah’s songwriting and performance skills. It covers themes such as storms (literal and metaphoric), success, growing up, love, friendship, and dying. The album also showcases the musical skills of Tim Tweedale, Shawn Killaly, Patrick Metzger, and Matt Rogers, with guest appearances by Bob Hamilton, Meredith Bates, Annie Avery, Awna Teixeira, Kim Beggs, Kim Barlow, and Gordie Tentrees.
♣   Sarah MacDougall is one of the hardest working Canadian artists today, and she won’t be stopping anytime soon. THE GREATEST ONES ALIVE proves that Across the Atlantic wasn’t a fluke. Sarah’s voice and songs have the power to ‘make stones weep’. (Q magazine)
Catch Sarah on tour in Canada and Europe throughout 2011 and 2012.
What others say:
♣   ‘Thoughtful, strong, and spiritual” — The Globe and Mail
♣   “This is a real breathtaking and touching record from one of the greatest talents of this era.” — Rootstime, Belgium
♣   “Sarah MacDougall (from Malmoe and now Canada) has become one of the few voices that is separating itself from the big choir of song poets” — Ystad Allehanda, Sweden 5/5 stars!
♣   “A downright intoxicating beauty!” 5/5 stars! — AltCountry.nl, Holland
♣   “Like Ane Brun and Wendy McNeill, we’re not so specific about nationality when we  declare Sarah one of Sweden’s best singer/songwriters”  — Nöjesguiden, Sweden 4/5 stars!
♣   “A near perfect collection of memories of love” — Allgigs.co.uk 4.5/5 stars!
♣   Sarah MacDougall vocals, guitar
♣   Leonard Cohen
♣   Bruce Springsteen
♣   Laurie Anderson
♣   Cyndi Lauper
♣   Canadian and Swedish music
♣   The National
Fortaken: http://music.cbc.ca/
Website: http://sarahmacdougall.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarahmacdougall
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarahmacdougallmusic?_rdr
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/sarahmacdougall20
Reviewed by Kirsty Chan, Rating: Proud Hoot (Really good)
:: http://grayowlpoint.com/2015/02/27/review-grand-canyon-sarah-macdougall/
By Ben Yung, February 18, 2015 at 7:00 am
:: http://therevue.ca/2015/02/18/sarah-macdougall-grand-canyon/

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