From the moment I heard the song “There Is Darkness, There Is Light”, I knew I would love Corinna Rose. Rose sounds remarkably similar to Halifax’s Gabrielle Papillon (whose voice I have described as “like a warm blanket”) and much of the music on Rose’s debut full-length album Northeast Southwest will melt your heart.
According to her biography, Rose is a “Banjo wielding folk-rock troubadour”, who “will make your heart flutter and use its beat to start a hoedown”. “Rose was raised on folk, but has always gravitated towards alt, pop, indie and prog rock. Rose crafts songs that simultaneously capture the warmth, joy and darkness of the folk tradition, yet unabashedly uses crooked rhythms, jazz chords and electric guitars. Her music is marked with heart-wrenching personal nuance, telling stories of nostalgia, loss, the countryside and breaking other people’s hearts.”
This combination of “singer-songwriter” and “banjo player” makes Northeast Southwest a very unique album. In many ways it is almost like two albums in one – one consisting of six singer-songwriter tunes; the other two songs are bluegrass style banjo picking hoe-down tunes. Rose is remarkable playing both styles.
Rose, the singer-songwriter, plays music to melt your heart. Through songs like “Lost Like You”, “Mirrors”, “Darcy (D.)”, “Your Light”, and my favourites “Fresher Fruit” and “There Is Darkness, There Is Light”, Rose (like Papillon) makes the listener want to wrap up in a blanket with a hot cup of tea, and enjoy her music.
The Banjo Player at The Hoedown
Rose, the banjo player at the hoedown, plays music that makes you want to get up and dance. Both “Northeast Southwest” and “So It Goes” are such songs. The best word to describe these songs is “fun”.
Northeast Southwest is the follow-up to Rose’s 2011 self-titled EP. Her song “Green Mountain State” (released between the EP and this album), was featured over the opening credits of Sarah Polley’s film Take This Waltz. In the last year, Rose has toured extensively and played several music festivals.
With the release of Northeast Southwest, Rose is once again on tour. She begins the Maritime leg of the tour on May 8th and lands in Halifax at The Company House on Saturday, May 11th. At The Company House, Rose’s special guests will be Scott Nicks and (the remarkably talented, new Nova Scotia favourite, “see her soon in a small venue while you still have the chance”) Jennah Barry. It promises to be a remarkable night of music.
1. Lost Like You
2. Fresher Fruit
3. There is Darkness, There Is Light
5. Northeast Southwest
6. Darcy (D.)
7. Your Light
8. So It Goes
Below, you can play the song “There is Darkness, The Is Light” and watch the video for “So It Goes”.
Maritime Album Release Tour Dates:
May 8 – The Red Herring Pub, St. Andrews, NB
May 9 – Plan B, Moncton, NB
May 10 – Bridgestreet Café, Sackville, NB
May 11 – The Company House, Halifax, NS
May 12 – The Douglas St. School, Truro, NS