Carol Lipnik | Almost Back to Normal

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Almost Back to Normal

by Carol Lipnik

A collaboration with luminous pianist Matt Kanelos and eclectic violin virtuoso/producer Jacob Lawson, the new album blends lush, mystical soundscapes with hints of the baroque, jaunty Brecht-Weill cabaret, old-school soul music and the avant garde, all of it imbued with Carol's signature phantasmagoria and droll, absurdist humor. Recorded using a 1895 Steinway grand piano in the world-class sonics of Peter Karl Studios in Brooklyn, it's a collection of tersely intense song-craft and longer-scale, psychedelically-tinged mood pieces. The CD package comes as an exquisitely designed 6 panel digipak with haunting pinhole photographs of Carol by Stefan Killen, styled by Machine Dazzle.
Genre: Pop: Baroque Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Oh, The Tyranny
3:43 $0.99
2. Honey Pot
2:41 $0.99
3. Almost Back to Normal
3:54 $0.99
4. Crow's Nest
2:46 $0.99
5. Sonadora Dreamer
3:21 $0.99
6. Lost Days and Songs
3:24 $0.99
7. The Things That Make You Grow
4:04 $0.99
8. The Oyster and the Sand
4:12 $0.99
9. Life Line
4:44 $0.99
10. Some People's Souls
2:00 $0.99
11. Farewell, Stranger
3:29 $0.99
12. Troubled Waters
3:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
Carol Lipnik is acclaimed as one of New York's most individualistic and virtuosic singers. With her stunning four-octave range, subtle wit and charismatic stage presence, she draws equally on 70s art-rock, theatre music, Eastern mysticism and the decaying phantasmagoria of the Coney Island where she was born and raised. She's also a distinctive songwriter, with six albums to her credit. Her latest album, Almost Back to Normal, a collaboration with pianist Matt Kanelos and violinist/producer Jacob Lawson, weaves a magical web of Debussy-on-opium textures, insistent minimalism, soaring neoromantic angst and enigmatic lyrics that allude ominously to contemporary issues like global warming and eco-disaster. Lipnik's voice leaps octaves with jaunty, verve or sudden, operatic agitation as Kanelos works mysterious and subtly devious variations, blending magical tones from an 1895 Steinway grand piano along with Lawson's sometimes terse, sometimes lush orchestration. Throughout the album, Lipnik infuses her enigmatic, often plaintive songs with a subtle, surrealistic, often absurdist humor.
"I think of this group of songs as talismans and shields to take with you into battle - the battle being today's increasingly uncertain world," says Lipnik.

The CD package comes as an exquisitely designed 6 panel digipak with haunting pinhole photographs of Carol by Stefan Killen, styled by Machine Dazzle.



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