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Hearts Fall

by Karyn Ellis

Folk-pop ballads about bittersweet stuff. Her "voice is lovely, the arrangements are simple & clever... there's an almost rustic quality to the record from being recorded live off the floor-that makes it extra sweet." Amanda Putz, Bandwidth, CBC
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1. Hearts Fall
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2. Four AM Love Song Ode to a Wooden Floor
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3. Movie
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4. Lost
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5. Rain
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6. Angels in Snow
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7. Already Home
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8. Skipping Stones
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9. Green Chair
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10. Another Sad Song
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11. Sugar Beet
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Karyn's new album, "Even Though The Sky Was Falling", is now available! Purchase it here: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/karynellis3

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The majority of HEARTS FALL was recorded live-off-the-floor as a trio in one snowy afternoon session at the Staircase Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, early 2005.

James Thomson (double bass), Tom Howell (piano/violin ) and I (vocals/guitars) played through each song one or two times on stage sans audience (on a Monday when the theatre was dark) while Ian Gibbons (of CampfireDitties.com) captured everything on remote recorder.

Then later that summer, Gary Craig added drums and percussion to the best of the tracks at the Rogue Studio while James Paul sat at the board.

We recorded three more songs (now as a quartet on two of them.) To finish off, we tweaked a bit...redid one guitar solo, jangled some bells and threw in a small choir of humming men.

And that's how this record happened.

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ABOUT KARYN ELLIS

Karyn Ellis sings acoustic folk-pop ballads about bittersweet stuff. Her songs are personal, raw and poetic - with a little lighthearted quirky thrown in, and she delivers a vocal performance that is unmistakable and sweet. Karyn "can envelop you in the warmth of that voice and break your heart at the same time." (Indie-Music.com)

This artist is charming audiences across Canada, appearing at NextFest Emerging Artists Festival (Edmonton AB), Peterborough Folk Festival - main stage, North by Northeast Music Festival (Toronto ON) and places like The Empress Theatre (Fort McLeod AB), Khyber Club (Halifax NS), Reader's Cafe (Dunnville ON) and the Main (Vancouver BC). She's shared stages with Jill Barber, the Silverhearts, Mia Sheard, Ann Vriend and Ember Swift.

Fall 2005 Karyn released the full length CD, HEARTS FALL, the follow up to her 2003 EP, BIRD - a cbc & campus favourite. Following suit, HEARTS FALL appears on CBC playlists such as Here and Now, Bandwidth, The Vinyl Cafe and Radio International and on top-30 campus charts across Canada (charting number 49 on national campus Top-50 in January 2006 and number 19 on the national monthly folk/roots/blues charts in April 2006.) About the record, CBC's Amanda Putz from BANDWIDTH comments: "[Karyn's] voice is lovely, the arrangements are simple & clever, and there's an almost rustic quality to the record-likely from being recorded live off the floor-that makes it extra sweet."

Recordings on HEARTS FALL feature Tom Howell on piano and violin (Justin Rutledge, Kate Rogers Band), James Thomson on double bass (The Hogtown Syncopators, Corin Raymond) and Gary Craig on drums & percussion (Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Bruce Cockburn). Karyn received a grant from the Canada Council for Specialized Music Recordings for this new album.


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WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING ABOUT KARYN ELLIS

“Ellis can envelop you in the warmth of that voice and break your heart at the same time.... I've never heard someone sound so childlike and so sensual at the same time..” -- Jennifer Layton, Indie-Music.com

“What a refreshing new voice!” -- NewMusicCanada.com, CBC online affliliate

Karyn "has a very distinct and haunting voice, at times raspy...at others portraying an innocence that cannot be adequately described."
-- Tough Drum Magazine, Peterborough Ontario


... ABOUT HER CD HEARTS FALL

"[Karyn's] tunes are unbelievably charming because they are organic and simple but layered with elements of the sweetest pop conventions ever - conjuring up immediate reminders of what we love about musicians like Tanya Donelly, Hope Sandoval, CocoRosie and Martha Wainwright. Except Karyn Ellis does it her own, clever, beautiful, introspective and quirky way. The songs are both hilarious and lonely. Carefree and nostalgic." -- Dan MacDonald, Upfront Magazine (Canada)

"You simply have to delight in Karyn Ellis' fragile and sometimes oddly girlish voice. Her high tones and jazz-like melodies are reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, but minimal instrumentation and unexpected musical turns in otherwise straightforward songs are just as connected to the contemporary sound of free-style folk." -- Maurice Dielmans, Kindamusik.net (Netherlands)

[Hearts Fall] "is sheer indie delight... there’s intelligence and poetry in the lyrics, not to mention gentle humour. This is not a happy record. But it is one where misery is beautiful, raw and crisp. 8 out of 10" -- Lynne Pettinger, Americana-uk.com (UK)

“Hearts Fall is a first rate record that grows more splendid with every listen ...without a doubt one of the finest in its genre.” --Freddy Celis, Rootstime.be, Belgium

"...such bittersweet pleasures. You can hear Welch, Waits, Amos, Brickell, Peyroux, the Cowboy Junkies and the Be Good Tanyas all rolled up in that one tiny body, that one mournful voice. Superior late night stuff! 4 out of 5"
--Benny Metten, CtrlAltCountry.be, Belgium

Karyn Ellis' "voice is lovely, the arrangements are simple & clever, and there's an almost rustic quality to the record-likely from being recorded live off the floor-that makes it extra sweet." --Amanda Putz, Bandwidth, CBC


... ABOUT HER PREVIOUS CD BIRD

"A beautifully organic piece of work...delivers dig-your-heels-in rootsy pop peppered with delightfully quirky lyrics." -- Shael Risman --RisMixLive.com

“The songwriting carries through to a strong finish. No throwaways, no fillers, no sign of running on creative empty.... I strongly recommend checking it out. She could seal the disc in Saran Wrap and still make something magical out of it.”
-- Jennifer Layton, Indie-Music.com

“I'm sad [Bird] is only 6 songs. I would love to hear more from Karyn Ellis. She's a unique, interesting artist. [The CD] is so artistic and unique that I might just keep it on permanent display in my office.“ -- Amy Lotsberg --CollectedSounds.com



For more information, please see Karyn's website:
http//www.karynellis.com.

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Chris Martin - Penguin Eggs Magazine

...a very nice CD!
A turn of phrase here, an obscure notion there, instrumentation of subtlety and emotion and melodies you will be whistling before the disc is through its first spin, these are the hallmarks of a very nice CD. Nothing is ever cliché. No song is over-played or over-produced. One gets the feeling that this is a labour of love for the Toronto songwriter and performer.


Karyn Ellis is a classically trained vocalist but don't set in your head visions of operatic cleanliness and deep diaphragmed posturing. Her voice dances along the line between cool and quirky without falling onto the wrong side. She comes across rather like Victoria Williams but clearly with her own sensitivity and sensuality. Standout songs like Movie, Four AM Love Song and Sugar Beet define her diversity. This is the sort of disc you are likely to buy several of to spread among friends.
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Dan MacDonald - Upfront Magazine

What a sweet and enjoyable artist.
The songs creep up on you quietly, disguised as lullabies - then flirt with blue grass, walk the indie-folk line with tight rope precision before they softly explode into rich and emotional songs that are nothing short of enchanting. Her tunes are unbelievably charming because they are organic and simple - but layered with elements of the sweetest pop conventions ever - conjuring up immediate reminders of what we love about musicians like Tanya Donelly, Hope Sandoval, CocoRosie and Martha Wainwright.

Except Karyn Ellis does it her own, clever, beautiful, introspective and quirky way. The songs are both hilarious and lonely. Carefree and nostalgic. Remember the cool chick in high school, who sat alone in the halls at lunch, strumming her guitar? Everyone had a crush on her because she was intriguing as hell, but had a way of keeping everyone at arm's length, straining to get closer? Then she'd smile and your heart would melt. From the first notes - you'll be head over heels in love. (Read the full article on Karyn's website)
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T Weiss

Refreshing
I love this CD. I first heard of Karen on CKUA Radio. She is the most refreshing sound I have heard for a very long time. She sings for herself and nobody else. Very impressed... bravo!
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Jennifer Layton - Indie-Music.com

She can make a million shades of blues and reds and swirling violets come out of
Karyn Ellis is twangy and cool and unpredictable, delivering a CD that is difficult to classify and impossible to resist. I started with bluesy, front-porch country, then expanded the definition to yee-haw-inspiring bluegrass, and stretched the description a bit more to include some shuffling jazz that would not be out of place in a whiskey-stocked Old West Saloon. Then she had to throw in mystic, cold, poetic goth vibes (“Angels in Snow”) and operatic performance art (“Already Home”).

Yes, Ellis makes the reviewer’s job a difficult one. But I could never get mad at the girl with the sensually childlike voice and that playfully spirited nature that flows through her twangy songs. She’s got me wrapped around her little finger.

So I’ll get her back. So let’s just call Ellis hypnotically brilliant and leave it at that. Nyah nyah. (Full article on Karyn's website: www.karynellis.com)
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Benny Metten - CtrlAltCountry.be

Superior late night stuff!
In 2003 Toronto's Karyn Ellis released an EP entitled BIRD, but it is with her recent CD HEARTS FALL that she has truly arrived on the scene. And how! This 11-track album is brimming with beautiful acoustic folk-pop ballads that sometimes have a touch of country, other times an undercurrent of jazz - all are indicative that she has a bright future ahead. Especially great are those moments when her voice flirts with the deliberately drunken stumbling of pianist Tom Howell, who is known for his work with Justin Rutledge and Kate Rogers Band. "Four am Love Song, Ode To A Wooden Floor" and "Another Sad Song", for example, evoke such bittersweet pleasures. You can hear Welch, Waits, Amos, Brickell, Peyroux, the Cowboy Junkies and the Be Good Tanyas all rolled up in that one tiny body, that one mournful voice. Superior late night stuff! Who will bring her here to our country as quickly as possible?
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Kelly Sexsmith

VERY SPECTACULAR!!!!!
Makes me want to neck with my girlfriend. Perhaps while dancing a little ditty. Tender, passionate, complex, fills up my heart hugely. You have done it gal.....your talent, beauty and depth are shining through with this one. xxxxooooo Thanks for the green chair song.
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Tania Anderson


I just wanted to say that I loved, loved, loved 'Hearts Fall'. Brilliant! 'Green Chair' blew me away. I never heard it before today. The full band sound really works. It's still just right.
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John Rogers

Karyn Ellis is Canada's Norah Jones
Karyn Ellis has an absolutely beautiful voice and a raw emotional delivery that comes through on every song. From the first time I heard her on the radio through the umpteenth playing of her CD, Hearts Fall, I couldn't help but draw comparisons to the likes of Norah Jones. "Hearts" contains a great selection of songs that will transport you to another time/place. Many of the songs have a great "saloon" feel. It's perfect, "stay-up late, sittng-on-your-porch-with-a-glass-of-wine-next-to- your-lover" music.
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Maurice Dielmans

Playful folk songs from Canada
Canadian singer-songwriter delivers the long-awaited sequel to her 2003 debut, the six-track EP "Bird". Her new full-length CD entitled "Hearts Fall" is full of playful folk songs.

You simply have to delight in Karyn Ellis' fragile and sometimes child-like voice. Her high tones and jazz-like melodies are reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, but minimal instrumentation and unexpected musical turns in otherwise straightforward songs are just as connected to the contemporary sound of free-style folk. Once in awhile you hear a slight shift in style, as in the swinging country song "Rain".

Accompaniment by pianist and violist Tom Howell, bassist James Thomson and drummer Gary Craig (o.a Bruce Cockburn) is well done and definitely worth paying attention to.

(Translated from dutch. Original article: http://www.kindamuzik.net/artikel/11812)
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Guy Tal

Karyn Ellis' Hearts Fall
Karyn rocks our world. I first discovered her on the radio, driving through Canada, and harassed all music shop owners I happened across to see if they carried her cd. I then introduced her to my girlfriend who was immediately smitten.
For her birthday I bought her Hearts Fall, which is enchanting and loads of fun, and now Karyn's cds are never far from our player. Even our cat likes it!
Keep up the great music and come to the US!
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