Published Oct 12, 2018Nova Scotian singer-songwriter Erin Costelo will release her latest album Sweet Marie next week, but Exclaim! is giving you an early listen to the LP in its entirety.
The album is the result of Costelo capturing 10 songs to record over the course of just 10 days — challenging herself to break out of the habit of taking a long time to make each of her previous albums.
"I am a HUGE Randy Newman fan and found myself listening to his song 'Marie' quite obsessively," Costelo tells Exclaim! "To me, it is one of the most romantic songs ever written. In a moment of dissent, I allowed myself to imagine who Marie was — did she like the song?"
"When listening to the song from her perspective it started to feel a little creepy! And then EVERY love song felt like a stalker song!" she adds. "I wrote the lead track, 'Introducing Sweet Marie', from her perspective. It is tongue in cheek, of course, but there is an element of truth to it as well. I felt a new sense of confidence to write WHATEVER I wanted to with this album. Without censoring myself. Sweet Marie is the most confident part of me!"
That process of creating the album was caught on film by fellow Maritime musician Amelia Curran, in a documentary called Sweet Marie: In Studio with Erin Costelo, which will air next year.
In the meantime, Sweet Marie is out October 19 via Venue Records. Get an early listen to it below, then head over here to pre-order it.
10/18 Paris, ON - DT Concert Series
10/19 Toronto, ON - The Dakota
10/20 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre
10/21 Hamilton, ON - The Casbah
10/23 Collingwood, ON - Crow Bar
10/24 Kingston, ON - Cavalry United Church
10/25 Montreal, QC - Upstairs Jazz Bar
11/01 Truro, NS - Marigold Cultural Centre
11/02 Saint John, NB - Sanctuary Theatre
11/03 Charlottetown, PE - Pourhouse
11/07 Liverpool, NS - Lane's Privateer Inn
11/08 Halifax, NS - Fort Massey United Church
11/10 Margaretsville, NS - Evergreen Theatre
11/24 New York, NY - Joe's Pub
11/25 Providence, RI - Fête Music Hall - Lounge
11/27 Cambridge, MA - Club Passim
11/29 Baltimore, MD - Cabaret at Germano's
12/01 Roanoke, VA - The Spot on Kirk
12/02 Johnson City, TN - Down Home
12/05 Nashville, TN - Analog
12/07 Chicago, IL - Uncommon Ground
12/08 Indianapolis, IN - Square Cat Vinyl
12/09 Chillicothe, OH - Steiner's Speakeasy
12/13 Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Folk Song Society
12/16 Portland, ME - Portland H.O.M.E.
01/15 Kindersley, SK - Norman Ritchie Community Centre
01/16 Moose Jaw, SK - Moose Jaw Cultural Centre
01/17 Shaunavon, SK - Centre Street United Church
01/18 Swift Current, SK - Sky Centre
01/19 Preeceville, SK - Trinity United Church
01/20 Yorkton, SK - Anne Portnuff Theatre
01/21 Kamsack, SK - Kamsack Playhouse Theatre
01/25 Fredericton, NB - Charlotte Street Arts Centre
04/02 Calgary, AB - Ironwood Stage & Grill
04/04 The Almanac - Edmonton, AB
04/05 Saskatoon, SK - The Bassment
04/06 Regina, SK - The Artesian
04/25 Lucern, Switzerland - Hotel Beau Séjour Ballroom
04/27 Bern, Switzerland - House Concert
04/30 Berlin, Germany - UFA
05/02 Leipzig, Germany - Horns Erben
05/03 Erfurt, Germany - Franz Melhouse
05/04 Bremen, Germany - Etage
05/05 Dresden, Germany - Schwarzer Salon
05/08 Kufstein, Austria - Vitus & Urban
05/09 Salzburg, Austria - Skybar @ Arte Hotel
05/10 Wien, Austria - arte Hotel Wien Stadthalle