We have long been champions of the Eric Chenaux’s inimitable talents – as a songwriter, arranger and mind-bending guitarist – and this album should make these talents clear to any listener. This is a collection of beautifully fried love songs, highly original in compositional approach and instrumental texture, and utterly compelling in lyrical content and delivery. As Chenaux says, “the lyrics are more concerned with what love does rather than what it means…the time moving through these tunes is not one of the beginning of love or the end or heartbreak of love (though I love that stuff too) but more often in the middle (the working middle, the in-between)”.
Chenaux has rallied some of Toronto’s finest ‘out’ players for Sloppy Ground, including Nick Fraser on drums, Ryan Driver on amplified melodica and synths, David Prentice on violin, Doug Tielli on 5-string banjo, Martin Arnold on electric tenor banjo, and Aimee Dawn Robinson on electric echo harp. Chenaux’s own guitar work has never been more thrillingly deployed in the context of (relatively) conventional songcraft.
1. Am I Lovely
2. Love Don't Change
3. Rest Your Daylights
4. Have I Lost My Eyes
5. Arms, Legs & Moonlight
6. Boon Harp
7. Old Peculiar
8. Dreaming Of Stars
9. Sloppy Ground
Running time: 00:47:12
LP is pressed on 180g audiophile vinyl and comes in a thick paperboard jacket with fold-out poster and lyrics insert.
CD comes in a custom paperboard mini-gatefold jacket with a printed CD dust sleeve and lyrics insert.
Ryan Driver: melodica, synth
Nick Fraser: drums
David Prentice: violin
Aimée Dawn Robinson: electric Echo harp
Doug Tieli: 5-string banjo
Thierry Amar: double bass
Martin Arnold: electric tenor banjo
Recorded by Jeff McMurrich at Hall Music, Toronto, November 2007. Additional recording by Efrim Menuck at Hotel2Tango, Montréal, December 2007. Mixed and mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market, Montréal, December 2007.
Gracious acknowledgment to the Ontario Arts Council for their assistance in making this recording.