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"Sumi's music has a mystical bent. With her pure voice, finger-picked guitar and smiling banter, she communicated joy and wonder." - Sarah Greene, Exclaim!
Ontario-based singer-songwriter Annie Sumi will release her highly-anticipated sophomore album, In the Unknown, on Oct. 10 at The Burdock in Toronto.
The album’s lead single, In Everything, is currently available for airplay and streaming across Canada, HERE. Annie has partnered with Mitch Fillion, from Southern Souls, to premiere a live performance video of the album’s lead track, In Everything. The video is available now for streaming and sharing: https://vimeo.com/233359224
In Everything is a clarion call for Mother Nature, inspired by the ideas of Pantheism, where Sumi encourages us all to treat each other and the environment with reverence and respect. She feels fortunate to be able to give melody to the social and environmental issues she holds close.
“I believe we should all strive to make our world a better place, and feel blessed to be able to inspire positive change through song,” she says.
About ‘In The Unknown”
Following the critical success of her 2015 album, Reflections, and two years of touring across Canada charming audiences with her unique brand of musical storytelling, Sumi is excited to share these new songs with her growing fan base.
In the Unknown is a collection of contemporary folk tunes, all written and composed by Sumi and brought to life through rich instrumentation, the artist’s unique ethereal vocalization, and an orchestra of sound that includes strings, piano, and a hint of percussion.
But mostly, In the Unknown is about stories. Gathering stories, both real and imagined, and weaving them into song is at the core of what this emerging young artist has become. It’s as if she’s able to breathe in all the beauty of nature and the subtleties of life, and breathe out musical tales that inspire, enchant, or reach deep into the soul.
“For two years I’ve been story-catching, travelling across the country listening to people’s stories about life and loss, love and laughter,” Sumi says. “In the Unknown is a voicing of these little treasures.”
The new 14-track album was recorded in both urban and rural settings, a reflection of Sumi’s wanderings these past few years. The bed tracks were recorded off-the-floor of a remote Northern Ontario cabin nestled amongst the tall pines. And further instrumentation and vocal tracks were layered in at two Toronto-based studios — Revolution Recordings and Union Sound — where Sumi and producer Neil Whitford invited in a cast of talented musicians to help polish the album sound.
About Annie Sumi
Annie Sumi currently lives in Guelph, Ontario, and is a folk singer-songwriter with a sound shaped by varied musical influences, from Joni to Feist to Nick Drake, and a dash of mystical songstress Kate Bush emerging in this album. Sumi’s debut album, Reflections, charted on college radio (Earshot!) for 10 straight weeks and a few tracks earned airplay on CBC Radio from coast to coast. The album also earned numerous accolades, including nominations for Best Contemporary Folk Recording and Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards, and Best Singer-Songwriter at the 2015 Toronto Independent Music Awards. Sumi is also part of the award-winning quartet, The Hidden Roots Collective.
Tuesday, October 10 - BURDOCK - Toronto, ON
Wednesday, October 11 - SILENCE SOUNDS - Guelph, ON
Thursday, October 12 - HOUSE CONCERT - Mattawa, ON
Friday, October 13 - Windsong Series @ LES COMPAGNONS - North Bay, ON
Saturday, October 14 - RON SEXSMITH & ANNIE SUMI - Greenbank, ON
Sunday, October 15 - ROSEDALE HOUSE CONCERT - Ottawa, ON
Thursday, October 19 - OFFICIAL SHOWCASE Folk Music Ontario - Toronto, ON
Thursday, October 26 - STARSTOP SERIES - Napanee, ON
Saturday, October 28 - BRONSON CENTRE Little Angels Fundraiser - Ottawa, ON
Sunday, October 29 - THORNTON HALL - Whitby, ON
“Wow, just in love with this voice!” - George Stroumboulopoulos, CBC Radio
"There is a beautiful, natural lilt to Sumi's voice and she's capable of delivering world-weariness, deep yearning or arresting fury." - Matt Williams, NOW Magazine
"She tells evocative stories that almost always have a positive and uplifting message....Annie Sumi might be Canada's new folk darling." - Elysse Cloma, Grayowl Point
RELEASE DATE: October 10, 2017
TRACK LISTINGS: All songs written and composed by Annie Sumi
01 Evaporating Life (3:20)
02 The City (3:10)
03 Interlude: Inward/Outbound (0:27)
04 Eye of a Rose (4:07)
05 Get By (3:33)
06 Interlude: Song of the Lake (0:51)
07 In Everything (4:09)
08 Peter Pan (3:54)
09 Nightingale (2:45)
10 Interlude: Polyphony (1:24)
11 Baby Blue (3:00)
12 Helpless Dancer (3:04)
13 Interlude: Easy Laughter (0:35)
14 Time is a Dream (4:38)
Running Time = 39:03
All album tracks produced by Neil Whitford - 100% CanCon (MAPL)
WATCH Video for “In Everything (for public sharing)
STREAM single “In Everything” (for public sharing)
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