"Awesome. Unique, emotional and different from pretty much anything you've ever heard." This is how Elegy, Shawn Crowle's quasi-conceptual debut album, available now on CDBaby and Itunes, is being described. With comparisons to Tom Waits and Bob Dylan, the album is a portrait of the human condition, scattered with moments of heartbreak and hope, love and loss and a search for understanding.
Elegy is as intentionally rough-edged and lovely as the characters that populate it. Formed around a base take of guitar and voice, the songs are made up of simple, sparse arrangements falling in around the words, always keeping the story at the forefront, creating a stark musical picture of ungainly beauty.
The songs resonate with a delicately played guitar, lyrics powerful in their simplicity and a weary voice, drawing the listener into the world Shawn has created, if only for a while. With tours planned throughout 2011 and radio plays on digital radio stations such as the "Amazing Folk Roots" show on Amazing Radio,Elegy is steadily reaching out to listeners, demanding their attention.
For more information or to listen to the album for yourself, visit Shawn at www.shawncrowle.com or www.reverbnation.com/shawncrowle For promo-requests or to set up an interview, please write Shawn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Listening to: This American by Joe Purdy. His latest release, which he's kind enough to give away for the month of December.