Published Mar 17, 2015Canadian songwriter Gabrielle Papillon is making a break from her quiet, folksy past with the new album The Tempest of Old. The record is due out on March 24, and before then, it's available to stream on Exclaim.ca.
Papillon recorded it will returning producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, Rich Aucoin) at Echo Lake studio in Nova Scotia, and they took her folksy style in a widescreen direction.
Opener "Got You Well" starts out quiet, but at the 49-second mark, the arrangement expands with spooky choral harmonies, percussive claps and heavy, ominous electric guitar. Although not all of the album is quite this ornately cinematic, there are plenty of sonic treats to be found: the mix of "Come and Gone" is dominated by its raw-sounding drum beat, while the gentle "Idling" swells with lush, romantic strings, and "Ain't No Bitter" has a hint of dark spaghetti western twang.
Scroll past Papillon's tour dates to hear it all below.
04/04 New Glasgow, NS - Glasgow Square Theatre
04/10 St. John's, NL - JAG Hotel (ECMW Folk and Roots Stage)
04/11 St. John's, NL - Dusk Ultra Lounge (ECMW Music Nova Scotia Stage)
04/12 St. John's, NL - Delta Avalon Ballroom (ECMA Songwriter's Circle)
04/16 Fredericton, NB - Wilser's Room
04/19 Québec, QC - Le Grand Théâtre de Québec
04/25 Ottawa, ON - Raw Sugar Cafe
04/26 Trois-Rivière, QC - Temps d'une Pinte
04/29 Montréal, QC - Divan Orange
05/02 Halifax, NS - The Company House
05/07-09 Toronto, ON - Canadian Music Week
05/14-16 Brighton, UK - The Great Escape