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Falling in Place

by Dave SanSoucie & The Invisible Combo

Funky Folky Alternative Singer Songwriter album
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Unhinged
Dave SanSoucie & The Invisible Combo
5:35 $0.99
2. Rocks
Dave SanSoucie & The Invisible Combo
5:33 $0.99
3. Cold Wind
Dave SanSoucie & The Invisible Combo
4:06 $0.99
4. Ultimate Currency
Dave SanSoucie & The Invisible Combo
5:10 $0.99
5. Bananafish
Dave SanSoucie & The Invisible Combo
5:39 $0.99
6. Cowboy Killers
Dave SanSoucie & The Invisible Combo
6:06 $0.99
7. A Dog's Head
Dave SanSoucie & The Invisible Combo
3:49 $0.99
8. Both Wings
Dave SanSoucie & The Invisible Combo
7:21 $0.99
9. The Thing
Dave SanSoucie & The Invisible Combo
5:35 $0.99
10. Broken Down Heart
Dave SanSoucie & The Invisible Combo
5:49 $0.99
11. Whoisme
Dave SanSoucie & The Invisible Combo
7:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
Falling in Place is the second solo album by Dave SanSoucie (pronounced "San-Sue-Sea"). After a ten year hiatus from recording, Dave spent the past two years writing and recording this truly solo album. A multi-instrumentalist, Dave played and sang nearly everything on the album, being joined by Gene Smigocki on piano on one track (Ultimate Currency), and his wife Lori on backing vocals (on Whoisme).
Unlike Dave's first solo album (Dead in Dog Years 1999), Falling in Place consists of all original songs penned by Dave, as well as songs co-written with Josh Leik, Matt Jackson and Lori Fries-SanSoucie.
Many years of playing music with bands and as a solo performer have given Dave a broad musical palette from which to create his sonic landscape. Elements of Folk, Funk, Blues, Country, Rock, and Pop live side by side with influences from World Music.
Dave has performed with and/or worked in the studio with musicians including Hexbelt, Adam's House Cat, the Moonbillies,
David Olney, Sonny Hennig, Cahoots, Steve Varner, Straight No Chaser, Jack Quigley, Rhyne McCormick, John Winch, Barry Denyer, The Knormals, Janis Wallin, Sam Panther, Ed Van Wicklen, Don Carn. Josh Leik, David 'Mo' Moyer. Nathan Baker, WIllie Jones, Kris Kostoff, Frank Shortino and too many more to ever list here. He has performed throughout Europe and England as well as the United States.

Song notes from Dave:

Unhinged (D. SanSoucie)~ a song inspired by a friend announcing that she was feeling unhinged and antsy and sweating from her teeth. This comment took place a number of years ago in a M.C. Escher-ish bar near Harrisburg, Pa.

Rocks In My Pockets (D. SanSoucie)~ About the need to be grounded from time to time.

Cold Wind (D. SanSoucie) ~ Originally was written In Germany while I was on tour with David Olney in the early part of the nineties. After finding a demo of the song I updated it to reflect the homesickness I felt while touring in Europe.

Ultimate Currency (D. SanSoucie) ~ This song had a longer birthing process. Originally I cut a version with slightly different words and different music.
This version grew out of the loss I felt when a good friend contracted cancer and passed very young. Inspired by and dedicated to the memory of Ralph Weyant and Eric Snyder.

Bananafish (D. SanSoucie) ~ inspired by the short story "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" by J.D. Salinger.

Cowboy Killers( D. SanSoucie-J. Leik-L. Fries SanSoucie)~ Came from a trip to the great southwest. Cowboys call the Yucca Plant a Cowboy Killer due its razor sharp leaves. One time I went through a yellow traffic light and my wife said I was Clyde to her Bonnie. Josh Leik wrapped it all together to create this western movie.

A Dog's Head (D. SanSoucie)~ Inspired by the Novel " A Dog's Head" by French writer Jean Dutoured.

Both wings (M. Jackson-D. SanSoucie)~ A poem by Matthew Jackson that i put to music.

The thing (D. SanSoucie) ~ a simple love song dedicated to my wife Lori.

Broken Down Heart (J. Leik- D. SanSoucie)~ a song I helped Josh Leik finish. It is his baby, and this is my version. I am merely the mid-wife for this song.

Whoisme (D. SanSoucie) ~ a song about my wife Lori and I finding each other after many years spent in less than desirable relationships. I owe all my happiness and inspiration to create music to her. This album is dedicated to Lori with love.



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Jud Conway

Dave SanSoucie's highly-anticipated sophmore release is a gem that was well-wort
With Falling in Place, his highly-anticipated sophomore release, Dave SanSoucie triumphantly emerges as that rare talent in the music industry capable of intimating the universal truths of the human experience through personal snapshots of a singular life journey. Donning the myriad hats of singer/songwriter, musician, producer, and engineer, Dave SanSoucie, under tongue-in-cheek moniker Dave SanSoucie and the Invisible Combo, presents a stellar follow-up to his well-received solo debut, Dead in Dog Years (1999).

SanSoucie’s musical vision has always been challenging to categorize or pigeon-hole into any particular genre. His Dead in Dog Years-era recordings tend to paint him as a consummate multi-instrumentalist stepping into the spotlight to curate and interpret great songs from varied sources. Case in point, nearly half of that album consists of compositions by artists and colleagues as diverse as David Olney, Richard Thompson and The Neville Brothers, with predominantly co-written originals and instrumental excursions rounding it out. The eleven all-original compositions on Falling in Place, augmented by a scant few co-writes, put SanSoucie’s focus squarely on the craft of songwriting.

Falling in Place opens with the radio-friendly “Unhinged,” a catchy beat-backed peon to one man’s hard look in the mirror of middle age. SanSoucie beautifully articulates the narrator’s concurrent jolt of awareness, disappointment, confusion and reflection, singing, “One day you wake up… you don’t look like a kid/ you can’t remember, much less regret, half the things you did/You’re a little boy living in a worn out piece of skin/Left to ponder, your mind will wander again and again.”

Throughout Falling in Place, SanSoucie manages to skirt and blend the musical idioms of folk, rock, country, jam band, reggae, and world music, often within individual songs. Perhaps the best example of this observation is whimsical south-of-the-border love-and-murder ballad, “Cowboy Killers and Morning Glories,” co-written with songwriter Josh Leik and Lori Fries-SanSoucie, the real-life “Bonnie Parker” to SanSoucie’s own “Clyde Barrow.”

Driven by a rolling percussion loop in 6/8 time, “Rocks,” an easy contender for best album cut, is ostensibly a celebration of love and lust winding its soulful way down a river of lush organ and bass interplay, culminating in SanSoucie telling his lover, “The way that you move me, I go insane/I need rocks in my pockets so I won’t be blown away.”

Elsewhere on Falling in Place, SanSoucie asserts himself as an auteur producer and arranger. His flourishes on “Both Wings,” a Matthew Jackson poem set to original music, recall the work of contemporaries like Daniel Lanois and Joe Henry.

Other highlights include “Cold Wind,” SanSoucie’s world-weary rumination on touring Europe during the winter months, which features some of his most tasteful lead guitar on record to date, and “A Dog’s Head,” which was inspired by Jean Dutourd’s novel of the same name about Edmund Du Chaillu, a boy born with the head of a spaniel. Longtime fans of SanSoucie will relish his decision to include previously unrecorded live staple “Ultimate Currency,” a heartfelt tribute to departed bassist, friend and musical collaborator Ralph Weyant, Jr.

Thousands of live gigs and studio projects, including over thirty years of touring the United States and Europe as both solo artist and cohort of country, folk and rock luminaries as varied as David Olney, Sonny Hennig, John Winch and Tiny Tim, have invariably informed Dave SanSoucie’s writing and playing. For instance, just listen to the brilliant interplay between his acoustic guitar, longing harmonica and emotion-dripping vocals on the excellent SanSoucie/Leik co-write, “Broken Down Heart.”

Falling in Place is a decidedly mature record that documents a dynamic and still-emerging artist’s ongoing personal transformation in a world filled with new-found love for his music, merriment, soulmate and, perhaps most importantly, self. SanSoucie states in “Whoisme,” the infectiously-hummable closing number, that, “It can take thirty years to get things right… I can only be who I am/I can only try to do the best I can.” If Falling in Place offers any indication of SanSoucie’s artistic direction, he appears to be doing just fine.

Key Tracks: “Rocks”
“Broken Down Heart”