Original Music Inspired By The Natural and Supernatural World
Gone To The Spirits "It’s her best album, incorporating rock, blues, latin, ambience and aboriginal song lore. If it rings true, though, it’s because it tells Braun’s story." Tom Harrison - The Vancouver Sun
Acclaimed Vancouver artist, Norine Braun releases her 10th album, Gone To The Spirits. The concept album was recorded and mixed with producer Adam Popowitz at Rear Window Song and Sound. The session players include: the Juno nominated Adam Popowitz on bass and lead guitar, Elliot Polsky on drums, Huggybear Leonard on blues harp, Alice Fraser on keys and accordion, Malcolm Aiken on trumpet and flugelhorn with Norine Braun on rhythm guitar, ukulele, Navajo flute and vocals.
The concept album is birthed from the Ququnak Paǂkiy Song Collection that Braun wrote from a Canada Council For The Arts Award last year. The songs are based on the engaging and dramatic life story of a Two Spirit, Ktunaxa warrior woman, courier and guide, who lived in the early 19th century. Gone-To-The-Spirits was the gifted oracle and accomplished warrior who appeared in the journals of trappers and explorers and was noted as having transformed gender and also became a chief.
Braun’s irrepressible passion to create music with no imposed boundaries makes this work impossible to categorize. In the beginning, the haunting and ethereal Morning Prayer mesmerizes with ambient ascension toward the heavens. Throughout the album’s rich textures of worldly pop, jazz and blues, the listener is transported among dreamy ice fields, rootsy coyote canyons, thunderous storms toward soulful victory and a sublime rock transformation. One enters a sonic journey in this album that soothes and excites, to another time where Gone To The Spirits story enfolds.
"You consider yourself a music lover and you believe in the pleasure of beauty, you understand the complexity of life with it's both soothing and exciting sounds. While you are drawn to all kinds of creative expression you appreciate the timeless and the classic. You love music that creates images and stirs deep feelings and takes you away on a journey. This is the music that I lovingly make: one note, one idea and one heart beat at a time." - Norine Braun
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* Includes Bonus track Gone To The Spirits The Short Story read aloud by author Norine Braun
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Cover artwork by Miriam Sweeney.