Creative Sask Music Grant Recipient, Ellen Froese, climbs National Top 50 Charts
!earshot’s National Top 50 included Saskatchewan’s own Ellen Froese and her single from her latest album, For Each Flower Growing, this week.
Froese’s fourth full-length album, released this November, was made possible thanks to our Sound Recording Grant program.
Froese has a unique take on folk music, as captured in a recent article from Killbeat Music; “With the addition of drum machines, synths, and more intricate vocal production techniques, Froese reflects that “folk music can be anything I want it to be; I don’t have to be stuck in an antiquated mindset to hold strong musical ties to the past”. And the results of that mindset are stellar; For Each Flower Growing is exquisitely warm and inviting, foregrounding the singer’s lilting, ethereal vocals atop right-in-the-pocket, pillow-y drumming, melodic bass lines, ripples of Hammond organ layers, and – for the headphone listerner – a bevvy of expertly-placed sonic details tucked into the margins of this highly accomplished album.”
About Ellen Froese
Ellen Froese is what you’d call a “prolific artist”; committed, too. For someone who only just passed the threshold of their mid-20s, she’s amassed a resolutely solid body of work and, with a variety of projects, achieved more than some many years her senior. For Each Flower Growing, Froese’s fourth full-length, produced in collaboration with the Sheepdogs’ Sam Corbett, is her most accomplished statement to date, drawing on her established sound as a folk & country-based singer/songwriter while incorporating a wider frame of reference in the rich production, supple instrumentation, and overall sonic soundworld. It’s much harder to pin down than any simple description can convey, making it all the more worthwhile to check out.