“I’ve had the video concept in my head for a long time actually. I remember being 10 or 11 years old flipping through the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time magazine and choosing what records to borrow out of my dad’s collection based on the covers alone. All of the albums we recreated are super important to me and the video sort of serves as a window into what has influenced me growing up, discovering music for the first time and then eventually writing songs. One of my main worries was that this would seem like a bit of an ego trip inserting my face into a famous Dylan cover or something but I really think it came out as a work of love for the artists, their records & the covers that also make those albums so special.”
Following a successful fan-funded project on Pledge, Canada-based, Swedish-born singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall will release her third album Grand Canyon on Rabbit Heart Records in the UK on the 14th of August, the album follows the award winning 2011 release The Greatest Ones Alive (featured here on Beat Surrender).
Since the release of The Greatest Ones Alive in 2011, Sarah has toured Canada and Europe extensively and will be back in the UK in November to tour her album that has being worked upon in the stolen time between touring and was recorded at the end of 2014 under the Northern Lights in Whitehorse, Yukon.
“The themes on the record are inspired by my own experiences, by people around me and the landscapes I am surrounded by. I worked part time in a residential home for youth at risk and their stories permeate this record as well. I get inspired by how much it takes to live an inspired life despite all the chaos and struggles around us. Sometimes it takes realising how small we all are to feel like you are big. Living around mountains and under dark starry skies can really put things in perspective. You realise what’s worth focusing on in this short life. We’re gonna be gone tomorrow. That is kind of what this album is about. And it’s also about dancing,despite of everything.”
In a departure from her previous albums the material widens the musical vista stepping sideways from the Americana influences with arrangements that combine Sarah’s distinct vocal and acoustic guitar playing with ‘heavier’ drums, strings, keyboards and synthesisers, it all works wonderfully well and should particularly appeal to fans of Beat Surrender favourites Paper Aeroplanes.
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Euro / UK Dates – Sept / Oct 2015
Thu 17.09. IE Dublin, The Grand Social
Sun 20.09. NL Tilburg, Incubate Festival De Harmonie
Mon. 21.09. NL Amsterdam, Bitterzoet
Tue 22.09. NL Nijmegen, Merleyn
Wed 23.09. BE Brussels, Botanique, Witlof Bar
Thu 24.09. DE Cologne, Blue Shell
Fri 25.09. DE Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival
Sat 26.09. DE Berlin, Berlin Independent Night
Mon 28.09. UK London, The Lexington
Wed 30.09. UK Glasgow, Broadcast
Thu 01.10. UK Manchester, The Castle
Fri 02.10. UK Brighton, The Hope
Sun 04.10. FR Lille, La Peniche
Mon 05.10. FR Paris, Pop Up Du Label
Tue 06.10. CH Zürich, Bogen F
I seem to be getting an inordinate number of emails lately with bands / tracks featuring Wolf / Wolves, this is one I rather like, it’s the title track from Lizabett’s forthcoming debut long player, a singer/songwriter based in Scotland – but originally from Transylvania, we featured her excellent self-released EP The Traveller’s Song on Beat Surrender a couple of year ago. The album launch date is the 24th of July at The Blue Lamp (Aberdeen), here’s another track from the album the whet the appetite.
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