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Gregory Alan Isakov | This Empty Northern Hemisphere

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This Empty Northern Hemisphere

by Gregory Alan Isakov

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1. Dandelion Wine
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2. Light Year
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3. That Moon Song
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4. Evelyn
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5. Virginia May
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6. Big Black Car
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7. Master & A Hound
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8. This Empty Northern Hemisphere
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9. Idaho
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10. Words
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11. Fire Escape
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12. If I Go, I'm Goin
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13. One of Us Cannot Be Wrong
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Album Notes
"This record was recorded in many different locations. a closed down bookshop, my apartment, the studio and our friend Brandi Carlile's house, who sang on a couple of songs. There are a lot of traveling songs on it, quiet songs, and bigger songs with big string arrangements. it took about a year to make. i called it "This Empty Northern Hemisphere" because thats what the songs feel like to me. i think its about leaving, and coming home. and growing up. and we had so much fun making it."

Gregory Alan Isakov has been described by Boulder Weekly, "Strong, subtle...a lyrical genius" and has been compared to his influences, Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Joe Phelps, Iron & Wine and Nick Drake. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and raised in Philadelphia, Isakov moved to Colorado at the end of the last decade. He recently was named 2008's Best Acoustic/Folk Artist by the Denver Westword (Audience Award) and was named by the Denver Westword as the Best Singer/Songwriter 2007 (Critics Award). Isakov is also the 2007 winner of the Telluride Troubador Songwriting Competition. Gregory Alan Isakov has shared the stage with numerous artists such as Ani Difranco, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Richie Havens, and Fiona Apple. He has appeared at music festivals such as South by Southwest, Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Monolith at Red Rocks. On the heals of his latest full length release, "That Sea, The Gambler", Gregory Alan Isakov tours as a solo artist as well as with his band, The Freight. Recordings available at cdbaby.com and iTunes. ************************************************************************* "Colorado loves traditionalists, and it's Gregory Alan Isakov's unquestionable purity that's elevated him above the infinite army of singer-songwriters. Rather than another would-be Jeff Buckley or Will Oldham, Isakov uses 'That Sea, The Gambler' to lay bare an elegant simplicity that's caked in dust and an utter lack of pretension. Unadulterated, loosely woven folk music will always strike a twang in Denver's soul, and 'That Sea' is one of the best this area's seen in ages." -The A.V. Club ************************************************************************* "Gregory Alan Isakov proudly calls himself a folk artist, and while that's broadly accurate, it's also a tad limiting. Because while some music fans might not consider themselves fans of "folk," they still bow at the alters of Jeff Tweedy, Andrew Bird and Jolie Holland. And now you can add Isakov to that list."- Denver Post ************************************************************************* "Gregory Alan Isakov - Right from the first refrains of the first two tracks, it's evident that there is a reason why Gregory is recognized as "Best Male Singer-songwriter 2007" (Westword). When an artist can shush a room full of jaded peers and media types, as Gregory did at the Westword music showcase VIP nomination party recently, it's a major nod to the talent he posseses as a performer. He's appeared on David Dye's World Cafe and is quickly rising in the ranks of independent modern folk artists. A very highly recommended release."- KRFC Colorado ************************************************************************* "...his music coasts on the same subtle strength and gravity that Bruce Springsteen built 'Nebraska' on. Hints of everyone from Steve Earle to Gillian Welch also creep into Isakov's twangy, shaded folk, but it's his absolute ease-the man sounds like he's swimming through his own songs" -Westword ..



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This Empty Northern Hemisphere
This is the best album I've heard in a while. I'm telling anyone and everyone that will listen to me how great this album is!! Highly, highly recommended - and several tracks feature Brandi Carlile!

Peter - CD Baby Editor

Dreamy & Wonderful
Warm, full string arrangements meet Isakov’s sad and beautiful voice and guitar - these are songs that will stick with you for a long time. By adding the lush strings, the songs transcend the typical folk fair and become something still rural, but now dreamy and haunted. It’s truly wonderful stuff. With guest vocals from Brandi Carlile (and recorded partially at her house), there are a lot of layers to this This Empty Northern Hemisphere, so repeated listens are a must.

Jonathan Keller

Worth Every Penny!
Been following Gregory since 2005 with his second album "Songs For October." I liked it! I bought his album "That Sea, The Gambler" in 2007 and thought Gregory had created his greatest work to date. I really liked it! I just bought "This Empty Northern Hemisphere" and now consider this to be his greatest work yet. I love it! It is rare that an artist can continually outdo himself with each successive album. 5-stars for this latest release! If you like Nick Drake, Cat Stevens, Ray Lamontagne, Leonard Cohen or Alexi Murdoch I guarantee you will love Gregory. If I could give you a money back guarantee, I would.

shannon gallagher

lyrically genius
and pretty easy on the eyes, too. Love it from start to finish. Isakov is so intensely interesting and mournful. Full moon over lovers... and his voice-- gravel and soul. I can't stop listening.

Richard Kunsch

This album is Beautiful and poignant
This album is Beautiful and poignant. It is a great feeling when you find someone such as Gregory Alan Isakov who blends great vocals, fabulous musical arrangements, and outstanding songwriting. I heard the samples of these songs, liked what I heard and bought it, but to my surprise, hearing the whole album over hit my expectations.


Beautiful, thoughtful music
I have never seen Isakov live; I just read about him in the local papers. Intrigued by what I read, I bought this cd and found myself listening to it over and over for days. Isakov has a talent for haunting, beautiful melodies and intelligent lyrics. And the sound is so good that I'm amazed to read that he recorded it here and there, in an odd assortment of places. And I love the cover art!

jamiem @ cd baby

heck yes. please more.
it's like being on a farm in omaha at night time with lanterns and fire flies all around you


So Good.
I've been listening to this album nonstop since I got it. I find new, beautiful parts everytime I play it. Especially powerful at night time or early in the morning, but great anytime. Reminds me of home (Montana). One of my new favorites.


From Californication to Gregory Alan Isacov
It was by chance that I was introduced to the hit TV series Californication and subsequently to Gregory Alan Isacov. One of the episodes closed with one of Gregory's songs "If I Go, I'm Goin."

I immediately fell in love with his music after downloading "This Empty Northern Hemisphere". I now have all of his songs. What is more, Gregory is doing a tour of the UK in the Summer of 2011 and I am lucky enough to be close to Glastonbury so hope to see him "live" in Glastonbury on June 5th! Can't wait!