SEA072 ERIN COSTELO – DOWN BELOW, THE STATUS QUO
release date: APR 15 2016 (CD, LP, digital)
distribution: Rough Trade
2. worry, don’t weigh me down
5. turn it on
6. quiet the bombs
8. wake up
10. the line
We at Seayou Records are proud to announce the signing of Canadian soul singer Erin Costelo. The single Fighter is the herald to her latest album Down Below, The Status Quo which Seayou will release in Europe in April. The album is a reflection of her (and our) complicated world, expressed through a voice unlike any other in Canada. Having paid more overt tribute to her vintage soul music influences on her previous album, We Can Get Over, Erin’s musical evolution has taken its next natural step on Down Below, The Status Quo by channelling those themes into 10 new deeply personal tracks that display her exceptional gifts as a producer, songwriter and arranger. While the predecessor expressed the thrill of a budding relationship through a much more pop-centric approach, new songs such as Fighter, Low and Titanic (the last co-written with Stephen Fearing) take an unflinching look at reality, while at the same time, Move and Turn It On offer hope and strength as a counter-balance.
Costelo, a Halifax, Nova Scotia native, painstakingly made the album at Joel Plaskett’s New Scotland Yard studio in Dartmouth, working closely with engineer Thomas Stajcer and a top-notch band comprised of her longtime guitarist Clive MacNutt, bassist Ian Bennett, drummers Dave Marsh and Matt Gallant, along with the Blue Engine String Quartet and horns supplied by Matt Myer, Andrew Jackson and Andrew MacKelvie. Down Below, The Status Quo follows on the heels of We Can Get Over being named R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the Canadian 2014 East Coast Music Awards. In the wake of that triumph, she shared stages with Mavis Staples, Dr. John, and Bettye LaVette, as well as appearing on Joel Plaskett’s latest release, The Park Avenue Sobriety Test, and joining him for his performance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Down Below, The Status Quo captures that glorious moment when an artist discovers their true soul. Hearing what Erin Costelo has accomplished with this album may help us discover our own as well.
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