Erin Hill | Frost as Desired

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Frost as Desired

by Erin Hill

"Erin Hill may be indie pop's Renaissance grrl" says Amplifier Magazine. Women Who Rock Magazine says "This redhead... delivers a much-needed dose of marvelous pop ditties with her simply beautiful & honest voice, witty lyrics and excellent musicianship."
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Unbalance
3:28 $0.99
2. No Other You
2:50 $0.99
3. Wrong
4:42 $0.99
4. The Eighth Sea
3:30 $0.99
5. Waking Up
3:11 $0.99
6. Satellite
3:18 $0.99
7. Windfall
2:55 $0.99
8. Through
4:44 $0.99
9. Crazy
3:48 $0.99
10. Lolita (Lo and Behold)
3:50 $0.99
11. Loretta's Somnambulistic Journey
0:47 $0.99
12. Favorite Girl
3:55 $0.99
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Album Notes
Erin plays the harp. She also sings, plays lots of other instruments and writes songs. Some of the people she's done these things with are: Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, Kanye West, Martha Wainwright, Duncan Sheik, Julee Cruise, Robb Royer of Bread, John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants, Lenny Pickett (of "Saturday Night Live"), Levon Helm of The Band, and Randy Newman.

She plays regularly with Will Lee (of David Letterman), Jimmy Vivino (of Conan O'Brien), Patti Rothberg, G.E. Smith (of "Saturday Night Live"), and Garth Hudson of The Band.

Many of Erin's songs have science fiction-laced lyrics, as she is a huge sci-fi buff. Her songs can be heard in three films: "Spent," with Rain Phoenix and Margaret Cho; "Bad Bride," on Oxygen; and "American Desi," on British network television. Erin has also sung solo on HBO's "The Chris Rock Show" and on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show".

On the silver screen, Erin can be seen singing as Sandra Mescal in the most recent Tim Robbins' film "Cradle Will Rock," and appears on the "Cradle Will Rock" soundtrack along with PJ Harvey and Eddie Vedder. Erin is also a voice-over artist who's been heard on commercials for everything from Coca-Cola and to Play-Doh and Dunkin' Donuts.

“Erin Hill may be indie pop’s renaissance grrl” says Amplifier Magazine. She's played at NYC clubs such as The Living Room, The Elbow Room, The Canal Room, The Cutting Room (she really likes rooms), Joe's Pub, Fez, Makor, The Knitting Factory, The Bitter End, Bowery Ballroom, B.B. King Blues Club, Barnard College (okay, it's not a club, but she's played there a lot), Irving Plaza, Webster Hall, Maxwell's, CBGB's, etc.

Erin started her own record label, Gridley Records, which has released, well, of course, Erin's first album, "Frost as Desired" (Rob Worby, BBC, says: "The album is beautiful. Voice exquisite, telling tales everyone wants to hear. Lovely... Crank it right up!"); "Pretty Flowers," by the Buddy Scott Trio, who are featured in the MGM film "A Guy Thing," and Frederic Buchet's "Pyjama Party," which Erin co-wrote and co-produced.

As a harpist, Erin has played at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and solo gigs everywhere from Club 21, the Rainbow Room, Le Cirque, The Four Seasons, and American Girl Place to The Waldorf-Astoria, The Plaza, The St. Regis, and regularly at The Ritz-Carlton. Erin also plays harp on the new cast album for "The Fantasticks," and on Martha Wainwright's acclaimed debut album "Martha Wainwright."

And just to mention a few other instruments... Erin's played drums for Martha & the Vandellas; she plays saxophone and flute on both the "Cabaret" (dir. by Sam Mendes) and the "Honkytonk Highway" soundtracks; she plays electric guitar; she's a classically trained pianist (but then, who isn't?); she's played the fiddle with The Fab Faux (as well as guitar, keyboards & percussion); she plays a little accordion (they're not as heavy as the big ones); and she plays the bass (electric & upright), the hammered dulcimer, the theremin, and even the hurdy-gurdy, which she's had the honor of playing live with Rob Hyman and Eric Bazilian.

Erin studied voice with Marni Nixon and at L'Ecole Hindemith in Switzerland. Erin is a co-writer and founding member of the band Wicked Felina with G.E. Smith.

Oh, yes -- she also juggles and is an expert at walking on her hands.



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A fantastic CD
It is fun, it is beautiful, it is just great. Erin's songs are so great and catchy and never ever get boring at all. The artwork is brilliant, too. "Satellite" and "No other you" are among my all-time favourite songs. I'm so glad that I stumbled upon this CD here on CDBaby. Buy this music at once if you don't want to miss one of the greatest singer-songwriters of our time!

Dean Anderson

Desirable And Delicious!
The cover of "Frost as Desired" gives you a hint about the quirky and cute qualities of the artist, but Erin Hill's CD cover picture is also a metaphor, because she is serving up a heaping helping of her sweet creation: you might need two hands to hold it, but it will certainly make you smile!

This aural confection is filled with tasty sweet treats, with Erin breezily singing her own compositions, from ballads to rockers. Her voice quality falls somewhere between Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell, and her songwriting talents aren't far from that neighborhood, either! A very smart lyricist and impressive musician, Erin plays guitar (both acoustic and electric) as well as harp on the various tracks and has a group of very talented bandmates all supporting her brilliantly. There's no "I think I'll skip this song" song on the entire disc, which is nothing short of amazing.

Erin sings with wit and charm, doubles some lovely and unpredictable harmonies and has something good and refreshingly positive to say about living, love and self-discovery.

The disc moves so fast, you probably won't believe it's over when it is. I wish there were more than the dozen truly scrumptious slices that Erin has baked up here, which is, for me, the icing on the cake.

Roger Hay

Sweet sweet songwriter and sweet sweet voice
If variety is the spice of life, then play on, (or at least this CD). Sorry for the mixed metaphor, but it is appropriate. Ms. Hill investigates a variety of styles and pretty much all songs are winners. A lovely voice singing lovely songs, all original compositions. If one was forced to pick, the ballad Windfall should be considered a modern classic -- if only it had the star-making machine's power behind it. Echoes of Chrissy Hines, Joni Mitchell, Nancy Griffith (with a great voice), with a little Bernadette Peters, and even the Beatles... is that an homage to Elanor Rigby in Windfall? A fun, diverse, lyrical and highly-listenable CD. 5 stars.

Erin Hill

Erin is a great artist, reminds me of Tori Amos a bit.
Frost as Desired is a great cd. I really enjoyed the entire thing. It's not often that I listen to an entire cd from beginning to end all at once and I did just that with Frost as Desired. It was my first time listening to Erin Hill, I bought the cd because that is also my name, and I will definatly purchase more music by this artist.