Album release show at Indian River Festival Aug 31st, Indian River PEI
Time Travel, the long awaited album by celebrated Canadian songwriter, Lennie Gallant, takes us on a trip that delves into journeys of the heart, our time on the planet, place in the universe, ancient legends, road stories and an oddly confused ghost. The album covers a lot of ground and is an explorative and deeply evocative album that will be sure to move the listener on many levels. Gallant’s rich vocals are brought to the fore on this recording and the often full orchestral arrangements provide the ideal setting for them to shine.
Gallant’s album seems to be in the right place at the right time. Songs like ‘Nothing Makes Sense,’ a tongue in cheek view of our present state of global affairs, ‘Sequoia’, a heartfelt ode to a tall elder of our fragile ecosystem, ‘We Want Contact’, our search for others like us out there, and ‘There’s a Storm Coming’, an oft quoted timely phrase. It seems many of the songs on the album were ripped from the day’s headlines while taking a lyrical sideways glance at where we are headed spiritually and emotionally in our quest to cope in rather dubious times.
Gallant says he was amazed at all the coincidences that seems to accompany the making of this record. As songs were being recorded, the subject matter would appear in a newsfeed or online post the same day. The first single Selkie, for example, is a love song that takes place on a blood moon and refers to an ancient Celtic myth. By chance the decided date for the song’s release was coinciding with the longest blood moon to occur in this century.
While speaking of the want for strings on the same song and how the Vancouver band The Fretless would be perfect for it, he discovered they were actually touring the East Coast that week and had a day off where they could drop by and provide exactly the sound needed. These were just a couple of many serendipitous moments during the recording session that at times seemed beautifully strange.
The new album was produced by Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant/ David Myles) and in addition to the stellar players in Gallant’s own band, features special guests Rose Cousins, Mary Jane Lamond, Jenn Grant, The Fretless, and the Atlantic String Machine.
This is Gallant’s first studio album in 9 years and early response from industry insiders all agree, it is his "finest recording to date". Not that he hasn’t been active though, as his last two live albums both won national awards and several East Coast Music Awards including Folk Album and 2017 ECMA Entertainer of the Year. Gallant says ‘While I’m proud of the live recordings we made over the last few years, there is really nothing to compare with being in a studio session with great musicians and producer and bringing 13 brand new songs to life! There were many magical and welcome moments in the process that I think created a very fresh and unique album. I‘m really happy with the way these songs turned out!’
The new recording is set for release on August 31, 2018 and the digital release is now available on iTunes.
Time Travel Track Listing - Lennie Gallant (Aug 31, 2018)
01 Time Travel (4:35)
02 Nothing Makes Sense - feat: Jenn Grant (3:15)
03 What Are You Waiting For (3:49)
04 Sequoia (4:48)
05 Ghosts in This Town (3:10)
06 Selkie - feat: Mary Jane Lamond (3:58)
07 There’s a Storm Comin’ (4:07)
08 The Weight of My Guitar (3:59)
09 Blood and Salt Water - feat: Rose Cousins (4:56)
10 We Want Contact (3:18)
11 When I Heard You Sing (3:55)
12 If These Walls Could Talk (3:44)
13 Saying Goodbye to Ron (3:42)
All songs written & composed by Lennie Gallant, produced by Daniel Ledwell
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About Lennie Gallant
Recognized by his peers as one of Canada’s best performing songwriters, Lennie Gallant has released twelve albums (10 in English and 2 in French) of original songs which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Les Prix Eloizes, and The East Coast Music Awards, including 2017 ECMA Entertainer of the Year. His double CD of the 22 songs from his multimedia hit production, Searching For Abegweit, which ran for 140 shows, also won him an ECMA. He was named Canadian Folk Artist of The Year for 2016 and his song Peter’s Dream was voted one of the Top Ten East Coast Songs of All Time.
A recipient of the Order of Canada, Lennie is an international touring artist, who has performed all over the continent, in Europe, for the troops in Afghanistan, and at the XXI Winter Olympics. He has toured with Symphony Nova Scotia, Symphony New Brunswick, and with Symphony PEI. His songs have been covered by numerous artists including Jimmy Buffett, The Rankins, and Measha Breuggergosman, and have appeared in feature films and TV shows. One of his albums, When We Get There, even went up to the international space station with Canadian Astronaut Julie Payette (now the Governor General) for the crew to enjoy and orbited the planet 248 times. How about that for high rotation!
Fresh on the heels of his 2017 ECMA wins Gallant buried himself in the studio with producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, David Miles) to record his new album, Time Travel. In addition to performances from his own stellar band, the album features guest appearances by Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant, The Fretless, and The Atlantic String Machine, among others. Lennie Gallant has been involved in numerous charity events, and he recently received the PEI Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year Award for his work and support of many worthwhile causes.
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