Having previously teamed with Hawksley Workman on his self-titled 2012 LP, Nova Scotia-bred songwriter Carleton Stone roped in a new pair of Canadian favourites, Jason Collett and Howie Beck, to help produce his latest set, Draws Blood.
The album, which arrives via GroundSwell/Warner on March 4, was co-produced by Collett and Beck. It is said to have broadened Stone's sonic palette from his alt-country-exploring earlier work with a mix of "graceful pop" and "hushed tones." The set's first single, "Climbing up the Walls," is described as taking influence from David Bowie's celebrated Low period. You can hear the guitar plinking piece of pop music in the player down below.
The album carries some emotional weight with it, being dedicated to Stone's early writing partner Jay Smith, a Nova Scotia musician from Matt Mays' band who passed away unexpectedly last March. The musician died a couple of weeks before Stone hit the studio.
"Draws Blood is about what we lose in life and the way we hold ourselves as we carry this pain forward, still trying to find the joy that makes every day worth living," Stone said in a statement.
Just ahead of the album's release, Stone will head out on an Ontario tour with Maritimes songwright Matt Andersen. You can see the show schedule beneath the album info.
1. Blood Is Thicker Than Water
2. Climbing Up The Walls
3. Signs Of Life
4. Live Into The Light
5. When You Come Home
6. What I Want
7. Draws Blood
8. The Darkness
9. Like A Knife
10. Pick Me Up, Dust Me Off
02/20 Kingston, ON - Grand Theatre (Rosen Auditorium)*
02/21 Belleville, ON - The Empire Theatre*
02/22 Owen Sound, ON - The Roxy Theatre*
02/23 Sarnia, ON - Imperial Theatre*
02/25 Orillia, ON - Orillia Opera House*
02/26 Brampton, ON - Rose Theatre*
02/27 Peterborough, ON - Showplace Performance Centre*
02/28 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre*
03/04 Toronto, ON - TBA
* with Matt Andersen