Jim Cuddy Announces New Album, Skyscraper Soul August 04 2011
<strong>First single, â€œEveryone Watched The Wedding,â€
inspired by the Royal Wedding
Single available on all DSPs Tuesday, August 16, 2011;
Full album available as CD, Vinyl and Digital Tuesday, September 27, 2011</strong>
For immediate release
Warner Music Canada recording artist Jim Cuddy is in the final stages of mixing the tracks will make up his solo album, Skyscraper Soul, scheduled for release on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. The album was recorded in Blue Rodeoâ€™s Woodshed Studio this past Spring.
In the winter of 2011, following extensive Blue Rodeo touring, Jim Cuddy began to write music to accompany to accompany his wife Renaâ€™s comedic short film â€œFour Sisters.â€ It turned out that writing music for the film put him on a creative roll he continued. Before long he had the kind of material he felt could make up his third solo album.
â€œWhen I write songs for my solo material, the songs tend to be a lot more personal than what I write for Blue Rodeo,â€ says Jim. â€œI come in here and sit down with all of these instruments and work at building the ideas until a song emerges. Once Iâ€™ve demoed the track and played it for the band, we work on fleshing it out.â€
Production on Skyscraper Soul was handled by Cuddy, guitarist Colin Cripps and Chris Shreenan-Dyck. Jim was joined in the studio by his touring solo band, The Jim Cuddy Band (Colin Cripps, Bazil Donovan, Joel Anderson, Steve Oâ€™Connor and Anne Lindsay) and a number of Torontoâ€™s top horn players and string players. Many of the albumâ€™s songs benefit from the spontaneity of having the musicians set up together in the studio and play live off the floor.
One of the album highlights is â€œEveryone Watched The Wedding,â€ the recordâ€™s first single, scheduled for release on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.
â€œI've never been much of a royalist but this song is about the royal wedding,â€ says Cuddy. â€œSomething about this last wedding got me. When I started reading more about it I realized that there was something about it that is very inspiring. And this was truly a gift. This song just came out. I had come in to the studio to do something completely different and within half an hour I had this song completely sketched out and that doesn't happen, usually there's more work involved.â€
Jim Cuddy fans can pre-order Skyscraper Soul by logging on to his website www.jimcuddy.com. The album will be available digitally as well as on CD, deluxe CD pack and vinyl (with CD). More details including track listing, album cover reveal and touring plans will be released in the coming weeks.
For more information contact Steve Waxman, Warner Music Canada
P: (416) 758-1097