Posted: March 13, 2017
We're always happy when Amelia Curran releases new music - but with WATERSHED - we're not sure we've ever been so gleeful.
It is - from start to finish - fantastic.
The NL born singer-songwriter delivers her signature sound and then some - with a fresh mix of her patented meaningful lyrics and incredible production. From full and lush to soft and sparse - WATERSHED delivers an extraordinary range of all the reasons we love Amelia Curran.
Do your ears... and your heart a favour - pick up WATERSHED today! SABS
What follows is the official press release from Amelia's label Six Shooter Records
A Sweet Release...
Six Shooter Records is proud to announce details of the forthcoming album Watershed, from the acclaimed musician, Amelia Curran. Watershed will be released in North America on March 10, 2017 and is the followup to the widely praised They Promised You Mercy (2014), which earned Curran multiple East Coast Music Awards including Songwriter of the Year and both Polaris Music Prize and JUNO Award nominations. Watershed is eleven songs, which Curran co-produced in Toronto with Chris Stringer (Timber Timbre, Jill Barber, Elliott Brood) at Union Sound Company, over the summer and fall of 2016.
Curran, a songwriter, activist and mental health advocate from St. John’s, Newfoundland has won or been nominated for JUNO Awards for her past three consecutive albums and for more than a decade distinguished herself as one of this country’s most cherished lyricists and preeminent poetic songwriters.
Watershed, marks a threshold and a directional change. The tenor of this new album is openness (not to be confused with optimism), a reflection in part of Curran’s increasingly public efforts to battle the stigma of mental health issues in the arts. As a whole, the album calls for compassion and unification as a breakwater against the sea of cruelties we inflict upon each other, and upon ourselves.
In keeping with the artist's off-stage commitment to raising her voice, Curran establishes a core feminist dimension to Watershed’s theme of speaking up with “Gravity” and “No More Quiet,” two of the album’s standout songs. Lead single “Gravity” is a two-and-a-half-minute precis accented by horns and bass-y power chords.
On this song, Amelia’s noted lyricism gets a shot of rock grit – think Chrissie Hynde meets Ron Hynes. “No More Quiet” is a powerful take down of gender tokenism and slams the door on those who perpetuate inequality with a soaring soul outro by the larger-than-life vocals of blues singer Shakura S’Aida.
From the opening notes of the title track throughout the album, waves of distorted guitar batter Watershed’s softer shores. The surges of electric riffs create a strong undertow, churning and roiling as Curran’s lyrics express agitation, frustration and exhaustion with fighting the currents. “The root of advocacy is somewhere near exhaustion and rage. I am tired and I am angry,” Curran has said of her mental health advocacy. Certain songs on this album, such as “Try” and “Stranger Things Have Happened,” address a similar fatigue and hostility with the music business. “It’s no place for art,” is all Curran will say.
Watershed is the result of a convergence of autobiographical and political fault lines, as in recent years, Curran has become more involved with political and humanitarian work focused on mental health awareness and acceptance. Curran is the founder of It’s Mental, a grassroots community organization based in St. John’s. She also produced and directed the film “Gone,” an exploration of art and suicide. The documentary, which aired on CBC Television to Canada’s East Coast this Fall, will air nationally in 2017, recounts the loss of several close friends and Curran’s own struggles with depression, treatment and self-acceptance. Curran’s willingness to end her own silence on the subject of mental health has also formed the basis of recent speaking engagements in schools and music conferences across Canada.
In addition to the release of Watershed, 2017 will see Amelia Curran’s first literary publication, "Relics & Tunes", a collection of lyrics and notes, via Breakwater Books.
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April 20 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
April 25 Aeolian Hall London, ON
April 26 The Regent Theatre Prince Edward, ON
April 27 Market Hall Peterborough, ON
April 28 National Arts Centre / Centre national des Arts Ottawa ON
April 29 Avening Hall Clearview, ON
April 30 The Sanctuary Fort Erie, ON
May 1 Avening Hall Clearview ON
May 2 Old Town Hall Bluewater ON
May 3 Hamilton Public Library Hamilton ON
May 13 Watershed Album Release Show at the National Arts Centre Ottawa, ON
May 14 Petit Campus Montreal, QC
May 18 eBar Guelph, ON
May 23 The Bassment Saskatoon, SK
May 24 The Needle Edmonton, AB
May 25 The Park Theatre Winnipeg, MB
May 26 The Gateway Theatre Calgary, AB
May 31 The Trailside Mt.Stewart, PEI
June 1 The Trailside Mt.Stewart, PEI
June 2 The Marquee Halifax, NS
June 3 The Majestic St.John's, NL
June 4 The Majestic St.John's, NL
June 21 The Musician Leicester, UK
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