These songs are the result of both physical and emotional journeys. It all started for me with a roadtrip to Slab City, California, a city of squatters in the Sonoran Desert, and ended in a small town in Canada's sub-arctic. In between, we recorded off the grid and under the stars, in livingrooms all over North America, and finally a cross-continental collaboration with producer Jeremy Bradfield, while we sent tracks and mixes across the Atlantic using Dropbox. If you listen closely you will even hear birds and crickets in the quieter parts of some songs. It has been an enormous and emotional undertaking and I'm thrilled to be finally presenting these songs to you.
released January 17, 2013
All songs written and performed by Natasha Duchene. Produced by Jeremy Bradfield. Lyrics to Up Like the Dirt by Tara King. Lyrics to As Long As There Are Poppies adapted from a letter written by Shahla Lahiji. Both used with permission. Guitar on Lullaby and Roses by Jeremy Bradfield, Guitar on Insomnia by Travis Mercredi. Ukulele on Last Night in Yellowknife by Jeremy Bradfield. Upright Bass on Last Night in Yellowknife and Lisa’s Song by Paul Cressman. Upright Bass on Up Like The Dirt by Rob Oxoby. Bass guitar on Roses and Michael by Jeremy Bradfield. Guitar on Will O Wisp by Pete Harding. Drums on Michael, Will O Wisp and Roses by Jeremy Bradfield. Saxophone on Up Like The Dirt by Helen Papaioannou. Trombone on Softly and Insomnia by Hannabiell Sanders. Cello on Will O Wisp, Michael and As Long As There Are Poppies by Anne-Marie Guedon.
Piano on Up Like The Dirt, Micheal, Lisa’s Song, Softly and Will O Wisp recorded at East Jesus, California by Charles Russell. Peru and Yellow Coats recorded at the Echo Chamber, Halifax by Charles Austin. Lullaby recorded by Jeremy Bradfield at Université de Montréal. Piano on Insomnia, As Long As There Are Poppies and Last Night in Yellowknife recorded by Natasha Duchene at NACC, Yellowknife, NT. Trombone, Saxophone and all tracks by Jeremy Bradfield recorded by Jeremy Bradfield in Newcastle, UK. All other vocals and instruments recorded by Natasha Duchene at Jonathan Churcher's home studio and various living rooms across the continent.
Album design by Jasmine Fitzwilliam. Cover photo by Flip Cassidy, Inside cover photo by Lung Liu.