Published Aug 20, 2013Doug Tielli hails from Toronto, but the songwriter named his latest album Keresley, after a suburb of Coventry, England. The album drops on August 27 through Tin Angel Records, and it's available to stream now on Exclaim.ca.
The songs were inspired by a stay in the titular suburb, where the musician spent two months after missing a flight home. The eight diverse tracks clock in at almost 44 minutes, with "Water Falls" venturing into Afro-tinged rhythms, "Oak" sporting sections of atmospheric ambience, "Being Mist" sprawling across more than eight minutes of avant-garde folk, and "A Dream That I Am" ending the collection on a jazzy note.
Tielli said in a statement, "The magic of Keresley is not on the surface. Those fields under all kinds of skies are always wondrous. The grass got long, and filled with wildflowers, and red-purple grasses, the sky rolled with low, heavy clouds, and occasionally sun, flitted with birds. Fathers and sons, old Scotsmen ... everyone with a dog … would share a few words and stories with me from time to time. When the grass was tall enough — in June or so, I lay down, fully hidden to any who passed by ... though I did worry that I would be spotted somehow, and thought unusual — which I am and am not at the same time, you know what I mean."
Listen to the results below.