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    A Permeable Life

    Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer is releasing her twelfth
    studio recording this spring, A Permeable Life, produced and
    engineered by Paul Mahern (John Mellencamp, Over the
    Rhine, Willy Nelson, Lily & Madeleine). Newcomer is simultaneously
    releasing a companion book, A Permeable Life: Poems and
    Essays. Newcomer has attracted a devoted following with
    her warm voice, exquisite melodies, and an irreverent yet
    spiritual view of the world. As in the work of poets Mary
    Oliver and Wendell Berry, Newcomer's songs are based in
    the ordinary, and infused with images from the natural world.


    "A Permeable Life is about what presses out from the heart,
    what comes in at a slant and what shimmers below the
    surface of things," Newcomer says. "To live permeably is to
    be open-hearted and audacious, to risk showing up as our
    truest self, and embracing a willingness to be astonished."


    On this album, Newcomer's signature deep voice-which the Austin American-Statesman called "as rich
    as Godiva chocolate"-takes on a quiet conversational tone, close and intimate. Open and elegant arrangements
    showcase lyrics that balance introspection and interior monologue with love and fascination for the shared
    human story. The concept of this album was creating a musical framework as intimate and elegant as the songs
    themselves. Each individual part have clarity and beauty, tting perfectly together like the gears of a ne clock,
    and yet uid and never ridged or contained but remaining open and seemingly effortless. Newcomer states, "We
    wanted this album to be very intimate. We wanted the listener to feel very close as if in conversation with me.
    The vocals on this album were sung as if I were sitting at the kitchen table with the listener."


    In "Every Little Bit of It," Newcomer delights in the small experiences that give our life meaning, and the
    importance of embracing these moments while we can "drain the glass drink it down, every moment of this,
    every little bit of it." In "A Light in the Window," she reects on the feeling of seeing a light in the window at a
    distance. We don't know what the next threshold will bring, and yet there is always a whisper, a light in the
    distance giving us hope and encouragement. In "Writing You a Letter," Newcomer describes the process of
    traveling with an open heart, and how it will inevitably change us: "Every place I go leaves it's own tattoo." But
    she also knows that we make impressions when we leave: "That's how it is laying stone on stone, building little
    altars by the side of the road." "The Ten O'clock Line" and "Abide" (co-written with author Parker J. Palmer),
    explore themes of loss and new thresholds, musing on the possibility that what may look like a hole in one's
    life, may be only a space. In "Visitation," Newcomer describes the experience of how memories do not arrive in
    a linear fashion, but wash over us throughout the day. In the haunting "Thank You Good Night" she describes
    the evolution of a prayer of gratitude. "A Room at the Table" is an anthem for a new diverse world where she
    writes "This is how it all begins, let us sing the new world in," calling us to allow this troubled world to
    transform us and move us to action. In "An Empty Chair" she explores one woman's story in the wake of
    unexpected gun violence. And "Forever Ray" and "Don't Put Me On Hold" reect Newcomer's mischievous
    humor.

    1. Every Little Bit of It
    2. The Ten O'clock Line Featuring Lily & Madeleine
    3. Writing You a Letter

    4. A Light in the Window
    5. The Work of Our Hands
    6. Abide
    7. Room at the Table
    8. Thank You Good Night
    9. Forever Ray
    10. An Empty Chair
    11. Visitation

    12. Please Don't Put Me on Hold
    Carrie Newcomer
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    The Current Will Carry Us

    COUNTERPARTS has come quite a long way since their formation in 2007. With a fan base that has progressively expanded beyond their home province, the young artists have toured Canada relentlessly since March 2009. The band's upward trajectory truly took off after the release of their debut full-length, Prophets, in February 2010. The Verona Records release turned heads across the country, as well as past its borders. The record proved to be an immediate hit among fans of the hardcore genre, simultaneously garnering praise from scene luminaries and newcomers. Its impact was bold and far-reaching, going so far as to earn the band several award nominations throughout Ontario. The positive response caused the band's touring regimen to increase significantly, with a slew of tours taking place both at home and in the United States alongside prominent hardcore acts such IT PREVAILS. At a point when most bands would take time off to relax, COUNTERPARTS proved themselves once again to be as hard working as they come. In November 2010, the band released a split EP alongside Ontario-based hardcore unit Exalt. The EP was another instant hit among fans, and proved that the band still had plenty left to offer, both musically and lyrically, that had not been showcased on their debut.


    In October 2011, COUNTERPARTS released The Current Will Carry Us via influential independent label Victory Records. The sophomore LP saw the band pursuing a rawer, straightforward sound, and achieving a new level of honesty through their lyrics. Tossing any idealistic rhetoric aside, the album offers listeners an extremely introspective listening experience that depicts the band in their most sincere, vulnerable state. While the album marks a clear thematic departure from its predecessor, its unrestrained aggression makes an emotional impact that's even more genuine. The record's reception easily exceeded the expectations of the band members, landing them a selection as one of Alternative Press' "100 Bands You Need To Know In 2012" and propelled them onto European tours, in which they would bring their unforgettable live presence to listeners who'd spent years anxiously awaiting the opportunity.

    1. The Disconnect
    2. I Am No One

    3. The Constant

    4. MMVII
    5. Optimist
    6. Jumping Ship
    7. Pedestal
    8. Thank God

    9. Uncertainty

    10. Sinking
    11. Reflection
    Counterparts
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