Through Train Windows
"It's a mesmerizing album and a trip that everyone should take." Jamie Parmenter Vinylchapters
"delicious alt-rock with bluesy country hues. Braun’s voice dazzles with its smooth, pristine textures." - Randall Radic tattoo.com
“ Sleeping Buffalo sets a solemn melodic mood to open what quickly becomes rocking. The driving boogie of Jerkwater Town snarls while Climbing Table Mountain just pulses with a jazzy undertone. Braun has really great phrasing, smoothly rolling over her varied material.” Stuart Derdeyn The Vancouver Sun.
“Through Train Windows is a distinctly Canadian musical mosaic that will send the listener on a journey they will want to take again and again.” Mariko Margetson UK's largest Folk Publication Folk Radio and Vandela Magazine
“Braun injects a breezy, bluesy cool into the realm of folk narration.” Jonathan Frahm - For Folks Sake
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Through Train Windows was inspired by Norine Braun’s cross Canada Riding the Rails tour as Artist On Board with partner Alice Fraser. 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 Norine's nomination for a Western Canadian Music Awards. Drummer Elliot Polsky returns as master percussionist, bluesmeister Huggybear Leonard on blues harp, Queen of the Trills Alice Fraser on elegant keys and saxophonist extraordinare Steve Hilliam who plays with such greats as Colin James and the R&B Allstars graces the album on 4 songs.