Alise Marlane | Room for Less

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Room for Less

by Alise Marlane

An acoustic smorgasbord of jazzy contemporary folk like no other.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Pendulum
4:24 $0.99
2. First Day
3:48 $0.99
3. Toad in Love
3:18 $0.99
4. Room for Less
4:20 $0.99
5. La Rivière
3:38 $0.99
6. Unconditional
4:01 $0.99
7. The Spider and the Lovers
3:10 $0.99
8. Euphrozyna
5:23 $0.99
9. A Sailboat in the Moonlight
2:47 album only
10. L'aurore Boréale
4:42 $0.99
11. Last Word
2:54 $0.99
12. Spin Little Girl
3:23 $0.99
13. Lament of a Seal in Alaska
5:03 album only
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Album Notes
"Room For Less", Alise Marlane's second solo release shows much influence from the collaborative projects she has been involved with over the past several years mixed in with her own special brand of jazz-infused acoustic pop, cabaret, lounge, and folk. Co-producer and recording engineer James Stephens expertly orienteers the listener through this smorgasbord of a repertoire. Marlane's engaging voice and accomplished acoustic guitar skills are balanced and complemented by some of Canada's finest instrumentalists: John Geggie, Peter Von Althen, James Hill, to name a few. The album’s themes – love, mortality, nature, and the follies of our age—run the gamut from sublime and heartfelt to romping and quirky. Just what you want on any interesting voyage.

"After several listens, I am totally taken by this singer/songwriter, Alise Marlane. Much can be said about the variety of music styles that she has easily woven into her jazzy approach to folk music...Romantic, full of life, and with a careful eye for detail, she brings optimistic and lively perspectives to her surroundings, ideas and experiences." Rein van den Berg,

In 2005, Marlane released her beautifully-crafted debut album entitled "Stillness Hold On"- produced by internationally acclaimed Canadian musician/songwriter/producer Ian Tamblyn. The songs can be intimate and moody, tongue-in-cheek, playful, seasonal, melancholy, oblique or straight-shooting . . . an album that can be listened to over and over again, each time revealing something new. See

"Marlane's debut (Stillness Hold On) is fresh and and invigorating as the great Canadian wilderness... a record that makes Canadian folk music proud." Annie Clifford, Penguin Eggs, Summer 2004

"Alise courageously follows her creative process deep and far. And while she cites people such as Joni Michell and Gordon Lightfoot as influences, the musician she sounds the most similar to is . . . Alise Marlane." Chris White, Artistic Director, CKCU-Ottawa Folk Festival

Alise is also a member of acoustic folk trio "Frida's Brow" alongside Chris MacLean and Jennifer Noxon. If you like sparkling harmonies, unique instrumentation and artful arrangements of original and borrowed songs, check out their début album on cdbaby.(

In the spring of 2005 Alise took the reins as resident songwriter and musical director for Theatre Wakefield’s production of a new bilingual musical play entitled "Cabaret Civil" - a political satire revolving around the Quebec City anti-globalization protests of 2001. This swinging collection of songs was subsequently recorded on the album "Cabaret Civil: Songs from the Theatre Wakefield Production"



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Five years ago her debut Stillness Hold On made a deep impression. In her songs Alise Marlane, from Canada, unified the best of Joni Mitchell, Jonatha Brooke and Suzanne Vega into a completely unique, varied sound, with which she outclassed the more recent work of these three colleagues. Her versatility later stood out again in her work as the musical director of the play Cabaret Civil (the strong soundtrack has appeared on cd) and her cooperation with Jennifer Noxon and Chris Maclean in the trio Frida’s Brow, which released an impressing cd that at times reminded of Kate & Anna McGarrigle. Absolutely beautiful and our heart skipped a beat when we saw that a new solo cd had been released. Room For Less, which comes in an ecologically correct digipack, nicely connects with her previous cd, with fabulous songs, which often have a jazzy tinge. But there are also some differences. This time Alise doesn’t only sing in English but also in French and for a short moment even in Spanish. She explores new territories, including Western Swing, and the second half of the cd has a somewhat more intimate, quieter sound. Speaking of sound, the cd sounds absolutely amazing again. The upright bass and sousaphone go pleasantly deep, other instruments sparkle and Alisa’s bright voice has been recorded perfectly again. Oh, and before we forget, her lyrics, in which she sometimes lightheartedly battles with greed and our consumer society (the title track), are top of the bill again.

Kees van Wee
Heaven Magazine, the Netherlands