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Norine Braun

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Gone To The Spirits 

Critically 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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Cover artwork by Miriam Sweeney.

 

 

 

Norine Braun: “Gone To The Spirits” speaks to the depth of the listener’s soul  REVIEW by Rick Jamm Jamsphere.com

 

Norine Braun is one of those category-defying singers. Her voice stands out whether it blues, ballads, rock, jazz or pop. But you can add just about anything to that list of music genres. Norine’s voice is the great centerpiece her brand new 10th album “Gone To The Spirits”. The purity of her singing just floats around you as she speaks to the depth of the listener’s soul, directly from hers. Personal reflection and musical talent guarantee the listener an incredible journey into Norine’s musical legacy.

 

“Gone To The Spirits”, was produced by Juno nominated Adam Popowitz and is based on the Ququnak Paǂkiy Song Collection written by Braun. The songs are based on the engaging and dramatic life story of a two spirited Ktunaxa warrior woman, courier and guide, who lived in the early 19th century in southeastern BC Canada. 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 transitioned gender and also became a chief.

 

One of the most startling things about Norine Braun is her immediacy. Everything about her work has tremendous spontaneity, as if she suddenly broke into song on a street corner and a few passing musicians and back-up singers decided to join in to deliver the most stunning narratives, arrangements and performances – there is no other quite like her that I can think of. Of course, Norine’s specialty is her remarkable ability to fuse whatever styles happens to catch her fancy and blend them into a seamless whole.

 

Melting pot songs like “Rock People (Yaqan Nukiy)”, “Sometimes The Rain Comes”, “Kocomenepeca” or “26 Horses” is merely the introduction to her remarkable skill at combining diverse musical ideas. One of the most startling examples of this is “Bird With A Song To Sing” in which she combines elements of World Music and jazz with a western folk flavor in a plaintive, powerful track with lyrics and vocals as brilliant as the music itself.

 

Gone-To-The-Spirits Blues” mixes blues with a honky-tonk spiritual edge and “Evening Song” mixes acoustic Americana with spiritual native music add a touch of alt-rock. It’s all amazing stuff, shifting smoothly from powerful passions and tragedy to introspective musings to up-beat, pure musical joy.

 

While it is almost impossible to pick one single cut from the recording as a favorite, the one that did capture my imagination more than others was “Transform (Take Me Away)”. A mid-tempo ballad that artfully mixes traces of percussive pop music and jangly guitars in a memorable reflection on life‘s end. The album “Gone To The Spirits” is as relevant as anything out today. If you like good music that stretches the boundaries of style, you’ll find it here – Strongly recommended.

 ALBUM CREDITS: “Gone To The Spirits” 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.

 

  

Emotional, heartfelt and eclectic: Norine Braun in 3 words.

 

“Her voice has the viscosity of a jazz crooner, the elegance of a gospel singer, and the heart of a blues artist.” Bryan Rogers 

 

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“Straight out of Vancouver comes Norine Braun, a bluesy artist with a siren’s voice. To say I could listen to Braun sing all day would be an understatement. There’s a kind of raw power to her soulful voice. She even nails melodic bits throughout the album that recall artists like KD Lang and Stevie Nicks, perhaps with a strong dash of Melissa Etheridge. I really took to this album straight away. Great stuff. “ – Robert Ottone JustPressPlay Review

 

"Best listened to as loud as your neighbours will tolerate, Conventus is an incredibly strong offering from front to back. Strong and passionate, you are able to feel the artists soul, and that of the musicians playing with her. It’s like Norine is able channel both KD Lang and Joni Mitchell concurrently, which in itself should say something. The power and soulfulness she offers up just has to be experienced."  Scott Alexander ABORT MAGAZINE

 

 “Conventus the Eye of the Heart” fuses elements of jazz, funk, pop, rock and reggae into a bewitching blues album. Norine Braun’s vocal styling combines those of artists like Bonnie Raitt, Ani DiFranco and Koko Taylor into one remarkable voice." Laurie Fanelli VeggieFans

 

"Her music sounds like the union of Nick Cave with Patti Smith & City and Colour deep in the Canadian forests."  - Joshua Smotherman MTM


"An imaginative display of fine musicianship, potent vocals and heartfelt lyrics, talent like hers doesn't exactly come around too often." - Kevin Sellers Music Emission  

"On this well-recorded album she’s got variety, solid tunes and a band that’s so good they breathe together. Why are you still reading this? Go download Conventus The Eye of the Heart." - Jamie Anderson Indie-Music.com

     

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