29 Nov 2013, 07:40 by hugofloresmusicAngel Tears from the album Some Kind of Poetic Destruction now available for Streaming! This song features the fantastic voice of Raquel Schüler and a great duet with Factory of Dreams' Jessica Lehto! Share, enjoy, listen Loud!! Here's the link: http://www.reverbnation.com/factoryofdreams/song/19320421-new-angel-tears?1336410755
19 Oct 2013, 03:55 by Adrian22"Heavy Graces" is out now.
It’s musician Allison Crowe’s second album of new recordings in 2013 – the releases book-ending Crowe’s cameo appearance in the Hollywood blockbuster, “Man of Steel”, and her curating and music-directing TNL’s stage production of “Newfoundland Vinyl”, an hit show at this Summer’s Gros Morne Theatre Festival.
On this latest collection the Canadian artist is writing, singing, playing piano, guitar, doing percussion, engineering, production, album art, and photography. And she’s picked up her Great-Grandfather’s fiddle and includes it on several tracks – adding shades of Scarlet Rivera, had the Rolling Thunder Revue sought shelter from the storm in Corner Brook, NL.
“It seems our favorite independent singer-songwriter is more determined than ever to forge her own path. I predict we’ll be seeing Allison Crowe not once but twice on our best of the year list,” says music blog Muruch @ http://www.muruch.com/2013/10/allison-crowe-heavy-graces.html
Muruch’s review of “Heavy Graces” references, as well, “Newfoundland Vinyl”, Allison Crowe’s LP of popular and traditional songs of the island region where she’s home on the Atlantic. It’s an album which has listeners recalling Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, Ryan’s Fancy, Anais Mitchell, and the McGarrigle sisters, Kate and Anna.
All told, Crowe’s released three albums so far this year: “Songbook”- an oeuvre-spanning 22-song compilation – the music of which, naturally, draws more diverse praise including comparisons with Solomon Burke, Joni Mitchell, and Modest Mussorgsky – all the while Crowe’s passionate singularity is recognized and enjoyed by critics and fans alike.
"Heavy Graces", features new songs from the pen and soul of Allison Crowe, alongside her interpretations of tunes composed by Leonard Cohen (“Famous Blue Raincoat” – in two versions) and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder (“Better Man”).
Allison Crowe delights in working with today’s film directors – this year, Tom Anton on “The Pardon”, and Zack Snyder for the Superman reboot, “Man of Steel” – and their amazing production teams.
Via today’s digital archives, there’s now opportunity for artistry and fun to combine music and movies in timeless fashion. The songs of “Heavy Graces” are accompanied visually, in video form, by a series of excerpts from silent-era, and other classic b/w, films from directors D.W. Griffith, Josef von Sternberg, Buster Keaton and Clyde Bruckman.
(Album @ http://music.allisoncrowe.com/album/heavy-graces and via iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and all major music services online.)
18 Jun 2013, 07:58 by Adrian22Allison Crowe returns to Canada from the World Premiere screening of "Man of Steel" in New York City. Alongside the thrills of walking the red carpet at NYC's Lincoln Center, the musician is proud and humbled to have a cameo in the artistic and commercial hit cinematic reframing of the Superman myth.
Frank Zappa famously commented: "It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia." On this, the 75th anniversary of the birth of Clark Kent / Superman, MoS film-makers - which includes Hollywood auteur Zack Snyder and writers David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan - have soared past the potential of "Death by Nostalgia" by delivering into today's world the most super of all comic book heroes - portrayed by island of Jersey-born Henry Cavill. Helming the film's music is maestro Hans Zimmer.
Allison Crowe appears in the film very much as she does in concert - a troubadour of fiery spirit and true passion. Her cameo, performing the iconic Johnny Cash tune, "Ring of Fire", is result of a day of filming at the Cassidy Inn - an historic miners-to-bikers bar located on Vancouver Island, just about ten minutes drive south of where Crowe's born.
A relationship begun in 2008, between the bi-coastal artist, who is at home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, and her birthplace, Nanaimo, British Columbia, and the dynamic movie duo of Director Zack Snyder and Producer Debbie Snyder, is cherished by the independent Canuck.
Celebrating the experience of "Man of Steel", released this month by Warner Bros. studio and its partners, Allison Crowe's own label, Rubenesque Records Ltd., has compiled "Songbook" - an oeuvre-spanning, 22 track, collection representing each album+ release from Crowe's dozen+ years of recording as one of the great singer-songwriters, interpreters and live performers in popular music.
Canadian musician celebrates connection with celluloid heroics of Superman
27 May 2013, 21:42 by hugofloresmusicA truly fantastic article / mini-interview of Factory of Dreams brand new album Some Kind of Poetic Destruction, scoring a mighty 10/10! Read it all @ http://www.soniccathedral.com/webzine/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=872&Itemid=35!
27 May 2013, 21:41 by hugofloresmusicA truly fantastic article / mini-interview of Factory of Dreams brand new album Some Kind of Poetic Destruction, scoring a mighty 10/10! Read it all @ http://www.soniccathedral.com/webzine/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=872&Itemid=35!
25 May 2013, 02:54 by Adrian22Musical wonder-woman Allison Crowe makes her Hollywood screen debut this Summer in “Man of Steel” – opening Friday, June 14, 2013.
(To help preserve the great thrills and surprises in store for audiences ’round the world, Allison Crowe will make no revelations about her role, nor about anything that happens, in the movie until after its release.)
Allison Crowe – you will find her… in “Man of Steel” this Summer
“The experience of filming on ‘Man of Steel’ was one of the most fulfilling and INSANELY exciting (seriously) experiences I’ve ever had – if not THE most! I can’t say much about it – and that’s part of the fun. My lips are sealed,” says Crowe in a transmission received from a fog-shrouded island off Canada’s Atlantic coast.
“What I can say is – I was so excited I couldn’t sleep the night before, and that I am so incredibly humbled and overwhelmed and grateful to be a part of all of this – and it couldn’t have been with a lovelier group of people.”
Crowe, an wholly singular artist, expresses her profound gratitude to Director Zack Snyder and Producer Deborah Snyder, Producer Chuck Roven, their partners and team, everyone involved with Third Act Productions and Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, Syncopy ~ and more folks to be named and thanked at an appropriate time.
Signing off, from an unidentified location in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, she says: “Everyone was so amazing and down to earth on set that I had the pleasure of meeting – absolutely everybody involved – and I will never, ever forget it. Honestly, I can think back to it now AND STILL FREAK OUT, in the best way ever.”
This epic action adventure, a tale of hope and heroism, brings to the big screen the greatest super-hero of them all. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film stars Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Kevin Costner (Pa Kent), Diane Lane (Ma Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Russell Crowe (Jor-El), and many more in a stellar cast – both revealed and still secret. The story is by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, with music by Hans Zimmer – and an awesome array of talents in every area of the production.
Allison Crowe flies soon to New York City for the red-carpet Premiere of “Man of Steel” believing the fate of our planet is in good hands.
18 May 2013, 21:34 by Adrian22Artwork and the track listing for “Newfoundland Vinyl”, Allison Crowe’s 11th release on Rubenesque Records Ltd., is ready. The album’s music sets sail worldwide next month.
As Musical Director for Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador’s production of “Newfoundland Vinyl: The Flip Side” at the Gros Morne Theatre Festival, Crowe’s active now curating and arranging songs for this Summer’s cast.
It’s a rich and varied collection harvested from the island region’s popular music and oral traditions – and from which she’s culled a selection for her vinyl LP. The album’s 10 tracks traverse parlour songs to country tunes and folk favourites, songs of land and sea that share the strength and the struggles, the heartbreaks and the humour, of a people.
Recognized as one of the great modern interpreters of song, Allison Crowe’s singular performances deliver familiar and much-loved songs afresh and with renewed joy.
Coming next month, then, is Allison Crowe’s take on these songs that, over 200 years, come from, and out of, newfoundland and labrador – with ageless melodies and meaning:
Black Velvet Band – lively traditional song recorded on both sides of the Atlantic, including a version by the legendary Harry Hibbs
Easy – penned by Terry Skinner and made a classic radio hit by country star Eddie Eastman
Men Who Die for a Living – Gary O’Driscoll, award-winning songwriter and producer from St. Lawrence and the South coast, wrote this potent elegy “for the miners here and gone”
Cliffs of Baccalieu – Jack Withers’ sea-faring song has previously been sailed by such distinct voices as Anita Best and Stan Rogers
Skipper Billy’s Wake – songwriter Ellis Coles’ jaunty mix of moonshine, Screech and more was well popularized by Dick Nolan
Sonny’s Dream – Newfoundland’s “Man of 1000 Songs”, Ron Hynes, created this anthem of the heart and home
Tiny Red Light – a traditional Newfoundland song revitalized in the vinyl era by The Dorymen (popular east-coast combo founded by John Drake and Tom Rose – a pair of lads out of Fortune Bay communities Belleoram and Bay du Nord)
The Mobile Goat Song – composed by St. John’s Tom Cahill, frequent collaborator with “Newfoundland’s First Lady of Song”, Joan Morrissey, who released this fun romp on her 1973 LP “Home Brew”
Seven Old Ladies – a bawdy song which musically plumbs a 1700s nursery rhyme, (“Johnny’s So Long at the Fair“) – and a tune also recorded by the great Joan Morrissey
Sweet Forget Me Not – first published in 1877, this tender tune by Bobby Newcomb was the first single, and a vinyl hit on the mainland as well, for Cape Shore’s Eddie Coffey
Allison Crowe’s “Newfoundland Vinyl” album launches June 25, 2013.
28 Apr 2013, 01:23 by Adrian22
Northern Lights over Gros Morne - photo by Allison Crowe
Allison Crowe has completed recording her newest album - to debut June 25, 2013. This new release, the 11th from Crowe's Rubenesque Records, is the first to be available as a vinyl LP.
Crowe reveals her inspiration - working with Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, which celebrates the 18th Annual Gros Morne Theatre Festival when its season runs this year from May - September.
"I am so grateful to have been asked two years in a row to put together songs and musically direct for a show called 'Newfoundland Vinyl'. I get to work with extremely talented and fun people each Summer in a gorgeous setting - Cow Head, NL," says Allison from her home in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. "From the vast and encyclopaedic sea of beautiful music to come from, and out of, Newfoundland and Labrador, here is a collection of some of the songs from this year's show."
Music and comedy come together in this theatre production, written and directed by TNL's Artistic Director Jeff Pitcher. TNL announces: "On the heels of last year's runaway hit we present the all new 'Newfoundland Vinyl - The Flip Side!' ...the cast returns with more hits than a bagful of hammers!"
Nail more on this show and other GMTF events online now @ http://www.theatrenewfoundland.com/play_Vinyl.html (and related pages). Full details on Allison Crowe's new album coming in May.
1 Mar 2013, 23:39 by hugofloresmusicBrand New Factory of Dreams album is now available!!
PREORDER the 4th album for a $2 discount @ http://www.therecordlabel.net/progressive-rock/factory-of-dreams/some-kind-of-poetic-destruction
12-page booklet with original artwork, 70 minutes of music with 12 brand new tracks, original concept story.
'Some Kind of Poetic Destruction' is Factory of Dreams 4th album. A conceptual scifi album that follows the adventures of Kyra, a unique and mysterious character who holds the key to our fate.
Something is closing in on the Earth. What is it? What is its purpose? What will happen to Earth? Discover this amazing storyline, full of surprises and mysteries, as we follow Kyra on an epic journey to find her purpose, faith and destiny throughout nearly 70 minutes of music.
This new album explores even further the sound of the previous album Melotronical, pushing it beyond the boundaries of the Electronic Progressive Metal genre. Expect poignant melodies, heavy passages balanced by atmospheric parts, rhythmical changes and instrumental sections that are sure to delight all who appreciate the genre.
Track highlights are the explosive Neutron Star, the epic Join Us into Sound, the powerful Dark Season featuring Magali Luyten, the beautiful Seashore Dreams (cd includes the full version of this track ~7 min) and Angel Tears featuring great interaction and duets between Jessica and Raquel Schüler.
Hugo Flores also decided to remake an older song called Playing the Universe, now revamped by Jessica's vocals, that perfectly fits the storyline.
The brand new album features amazing guest vocalists and musicians. Check them out:
Magali Luyten (www.magali-luyten.com) of Beautiful Sin, Ayreon, Epysode – Vocals
Raquel Schüler of Hydria (www.hydria.com.br) – Vocals
Lyris Hung of HUNG (www.lyrishung.com) – Violin
Chris Brown (www.csbrownmusic.com) of Ghost Circus and Roswell Six – Guitar
Tadashi Goto (www.tadashi-goto.com) – Keyboards
Shawn Gordon of Psychic for Radio (www.therecordlabel.net) – Keyboards
Narration by Mark Ashby, Angela Merrithew & Nathan Ashby
Produced by ProgRock Records & Hugo Flores, mixed and composed by Hugo Flores
Mastered by Chris Brown
Artwork by Venefica Luna of https://www.facebook.com/circleofwolvesjewellery
Factory of Dreams is:
Hugo Flores – Music / Instruments/ Sounds / Production
Jessica Lehto – Lead vocals, vocal harmonies / arrangements
Enjoy the release!
PREORDER @ http://www.therecordlabel.net/progressive-rock/factory-of-dreams/some-kind-of-poetic-destruction
14 Feb 2013, 21:46 by Adrian22A sequel of sorts, part deux, of Allison Crowe’s other-worldly musical adventures aboard the S.S. Méliès. Happy Valentine’s, Happy V-Day, everyone! May there be peace and love – to the Moon and back.