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When dark nights and long journeys need some healing soul company.

Through Train Windows was inspired by Norine Braun’s cross Canada Riding the Rails tour as Artist On Board with partner Alice Fraser last year. Travelling over 6000 kilometres from Vancouver to Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal and Halifax, Norine absorbed the ever changing vast and beautiful panoramas from the Rocky Mountains to endless prairie sunsets, boreal forests and the Atlantic ocean.  With no wifi and time to reflect on nature and the paradoxes of life, Norine met and communed with the diversity of fellow sojourners from all over Canada and around the world. Following the tour, as a Musician in Residence at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity, Norine wrote most of these compelling songs in her studio facing Sleeping Buffalo Mountain. So climb aboard, sit back and close your eyes let the rhythm of the train soothe and inspire while conjuring up feelings of nostalgia and dreams.  


The multi talented and Juno nominated Adam Popowitz produced this album and also plays bass and lead guitar on the recordings. Adam produced Gone To The Spirits the album behind my nomination for this year's Western Canadian Music Awards. Drummer Elliot Polsky returns as master percussionist, bluesmeister Huggybear Leonard on blues harp and of course Queen of the Trills Alice Fraser on her elegant keys and saxophonist extraordinare Steve Hilliam who plays with such greats as Colin James and the R&B Allstars is gracing the album on 4 songs.  



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Norine Braun gratefully acknowledges Through Train Windows is 
“Supported by Creative BC and the Province of British Columbia”! 


Whether by pavement or on rails, long has the road song been celebrated in folk and Americana. Inspired by Norine Braun’s actual ‘Riding the Rails’ tour as a designated ‘Artist on Board’ alongside partner Alice Frasier, Through Train Windows has plenty of them. Having journeyed over 6,000 kilometers from Vancouver to Ottawa, Montreal, and beyond, the Canadian singer-songwriter clearly had plenty picturesque to take in when getting down to crafting this homage to her adventures on-board. Reflective of the Rocky Mountains, chilly forests, vast prairies, and endless seas of Braun’s travels, the artist’s newest offering is as textured, varied, and vibrant as the melange of landscapes from whence it came.

More-so than milquetoast, strummy folk, Braun’s Through Train Windows is an exercise in layered Americana, taking the best of what makes folk tick beside the blues to craft a convincing roots rock experience. Such ebullience is easy to ascertain from the opening moments of ‘Sleeping Buffalo’, Braun’s hearty vocals offering a forward soul to the song as it continues to unfurl a rich production. Truly indicative of the aforementioned prairies as well as the train on which she rode, Braun navigates the multifarious sounds swirling about her and communicates them in a way which conveys this atmosphere to her listeners. It’s not at all difficult to begin grasping the meticulous, heartfelt nature with which Braun approached developing this special release.

The album’s remaining twelve songs are a continued showcase of each positive mentioned above. Case-in-point, Braun is just as masterful a songwriter as she is an artist. Able to relate the stories of her travels and the thoughts and actions they brought about, Through Train Windows injects a breezy, bluesy cool into the realm of folk narration. The end result is an album most certainly worth giving an ear to not just for its truly unique beginnings, but for the lushness through which every bit of its composition is relayed. Jonathan Frahm

Canadian singer-songwriter Norine Braun will drop her latest album December 7. Entitled Through Train Windows, the album was inspired by Braun’s cross Canada Riding the Rails tour as Artist On Board last year. From Vancouver to Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal, and Halifax, the tour covered more than 6,000 kilometers.

When the tour ended, Braun composed the songs while serving as Musician in Residence at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity. With a sound blending blues, folk, soul, and roots rock, Through Train Windows features the talents of Braun (vocals, guitar), Adam Popowitz (lead guitar, bass), Elliot Polsky (drums, percussion), Huggybear Leonard (blues harp), Alice Fraser (keys, harmonies), and Steve Hilliam (tenor sax).

Encompassing 13-tracks, the highlights on the album include “Sleeping Buffalo,” a delicious alt-rock number with bluesy country hues. Braun’s voice dazzles with its smooth, pristine textures. The harmonic scope and depth of this tune is remarkably resonant, and the wail of the harmonica is delectable. “Exhale” merges pop, rock, and blues into a radiant tune with a prog-rock-like feel. The rounded, topping tones of the bass line infuse the music with plumpness, as the compact snap of the snare accompanies a shushing high-hat. Layered sonic textures shimmer with nuanced colors, as Braun’s rich voice soars overhead.

“Heading Up North” rides a steady acoustic guitar while an electric guitar echoes in the background. Braun’s delightfully velvety tones hold the song together, preventing it from becoming a trippy psychedelic song. “Rock The Rolling” features a fusion jazz-flavored tune, with almost hip-hop-like spoken word lyrics mixed with melodic vocals.

“Crosses & Sweetgrass” might be my favorite song on the album because of the gorgeous resonance of the piano and Braun’s passionate, evocative tones. It’s a distinctive, marvelous voice, with graceful inflection and magnetic charm.

Through Train Windows is an excellent album, well-worth your attention and time. As will become evident as you listen to the album, the captivation of the softer, creamier songs is more beguiling, subjectively, than the more potent rockers.

Randall Radic


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