The majority of Hearts Fall (2005) was recorded live-off-the-floor as a trio (vocals & guitars, piano/violin and double bass) in one snowy afternoon session at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton Ontario, early 2005. Tom Howell, James Thomson and I played through each song one or two times on stage sans audience (on a Monday when the theatre was dark) while Ian Gibbons captured everything on remote recorder. Then later that summer, Gary Craig added drums and percussion to the best of the tracks at the Rogue Studio while James Paul sat at the board. To finish off, we tweaked a bit… redid one guitar solo, jangled some bells and threw in a small choir of humming men. And, that’s how this record happened.
“The songs creep up on you quietly, disguised as lullabies – then flirt with blue grass, walk the indie-folk line with tight rope precision before they softly explode into rich and emotional songs that are nothing short of enchanting.” Upfront Magazine
“8 out of 10…This album is sheer indie delight. … there’s intelligence and poetry in the lyrics, not to mention gentle humour. This is not a happy record. But it is one where misery is beautiful, raw and crisp.” Americana-uk.com, UK
Karyn’s CD, Hearts Fall…
…charted #14 on CFBX (Kamloops, BC) Top 25 Roots/Country Albums for 2006.
…appeared on Chris Kijn’s Top-Ten picks for album of the year in 2006. See 3voor12 webradio Netherland.
Hearts Fall also charted…
…# 18 on CKUA radio Network (Alberta) – provincial bi-monthly top 30 charts
…#19 on the Top 20 – national monthly campus folk/roots/blues charts
and… #49 on the Top 50 – national monthly campus charts
at various times throughout 2006.
Oh, and the CD spent over 6 months on campus charts across Canada and has been in regular rotation on national and regional CBC radio one programming since its release. Woo!