Label: Stockfisch – SFR35780761
Mastering by Hans-Jorg Maucksch at Pauler Acoustics – Pressed in Germany
Direct Metal Mastering Pressed on High Quality 180 Gram Vinyl!
This exhilarating Canadian singer/songwriter grew up in the maritime province of Prince Edward Island off Canada’s East coast. Already at the age of twelve Brooke Miller made her un-timid mark singing in a punk band. And, with her looks, one is not hard put to imagine that the attractive artist could have made a successful career in acting or modeling.
This, however, would have been to deprive the musical world of an artist who distills all of the experiences to produce the album’s uniquely inspired, character-rich compositions delivered with emotional warmth and melodic softness but also with plenty of drive and energy. The rich timbre of her voice and the quality of the guitar sound while entirely unique, resonates with influences ranging from Bruce Coburn to Joni Mitchell. The rhythmic, catching melodies with fresh elements of folk and a dash of country evoke the oceanic grandeur of her homeland.
Her guitar teamed with her distinctive artistic and personal charisma these alone suffice to make a lasting impact on the listener. This is also her passport to Northeim. The Canadian artist with a difference whose music, like an oak tree from Prince Edward Island, is regionally rooted, branching out into universal appeal: authentic, real, upfront.
Brooke is aided by Don Ross, on bass, piano and Fender Rhodes. Ross’ music borrows from blues, jazz, folk and classical music creating a style that he describes as “heavy wood”. Ross is the only person to twice win the U.S. National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship (1988 and 1996). In the liner notes from Ross’ 2003 album Robot Monster, Bruce Cockburn writes, “Nobody does what Don Ross does with an acoustic guitar. He takes the corners so fast you think he’s going to roll, but he never loses control.”
Stockfisch-Records has released this recording as an audiophile 180g-Vinyl-LP cut with Stockfisch´s in-house Direct-Metal-Mastering cutting lathe.
“Stockfisch has earned a reputation (and deservedly so) for immersing the intricate talents of folk singers with advanced recording techniques. The tonal quality of the acoustic guitars is pristine, without any distortion or fret noise. Additionally, the multi-faceted voice of Miller is rendered with full texture and warmth. Lower and higher register notes are mellow and never overproduced. Familiar is the work of an artist with much to offer.” – Robbie Gerson, www.audaud.com, 4/5 Stars!!