The Nicole Ensing Band | Riddles and Creeds

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Riddles and Creeds

by The Nicole Ensing Band

Catchy folk- and jazz-tinged pop tunes from a piano-based quartet backing one of the best new voices around.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Child of the Snows
3:51 $0.99
2. The Mystery
4:47 $0.99
3. The Rolling English Road
4:44 $0.99
4. Lamentations
2:03 $0.99
5. The Convert
2:58 $0.99
6. By the Babe Unborn
2:45 $0.99
7. The Great Minimum
5:16 $0.99
8. Little Infinity
4:06 $0.99
9. The Aristocrat
4:33 $0.99
10. Encounters
3:38 $0.99
11. A Second Childhood
4:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Nicole Ensing is a Guelph Ontario-based pianist and vocalist. Classically-trained, in recent years she has also developed her folk side as pianist in the Celtic band The Wild Oats, with which she has recorded two albums (Making Spirits Bright and The Dog-Eared Hymnal Vol I). Her diverse tastes yield an appealing knack for catchy, well-crafted keyboard lines that draw freely on jazz stylings and folk charm as the mood fits.

Nicole has a warm, genuine voice with understated emotional power and a poignant, evocative tone. Her lyrical, storytelling style draws comparisons with Sarah McLachlan and other singers on the folk end of pop, like Brooke Fraser, Mary Black, Mae Moore and Joni Mitchell.

2014 marks the release of her debut album Riddles and Creeds (Chanter Records). Backing Nicole are Sam Fitzpatrick on upright and electric bass, Brian Bork on guitar and Joel Sypkes on drums.

On Riddles and Creeds, Nicole and producer Ross McKitrick have taken some of the vivid poems of G.K. Chesterton and formed them into songs exploring themes of spiritual search, the magic of life, and friendship. Chesterton was a prolific and celebrated writer of the early 20th century who had a formative influence on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. One recent reviewer noted: “Chesterton's was an extraordinary talent…[his poems] are simply unlike anyone else's. And the best of them are completely unlike each other.” (Carol Rumen, The Guardian June 13, 2011).

The songs on Riddles and Creeds span a range of styles centered on piano-based folk-pop. A Child of the Snows, The Mystery, The Aristocrat and The Rolling English Road are upbeat, By the Babe Unborn and Little Infinity are lilting, almost childlike melodies, Lamentations and Encounters are thoughtful acoustic pieces, and The Convert, A Second Childhood and The Great Minimum and take a decidedly jazzier turn; the latter a haunting ballad with exceptional emotional force.



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