We are proud to announce details of the latest full-length album titled, Die Stadt Muzikanten from Alberta-based Woodpigeon (a.k.a. Mark Andrew of The Hamiltons). His third full-length album and follow up to his internationally acclaimed Treasury Library Canada is set for release, January 12, 2010. Produced by Arran Fisher, the fifteen tracks on Die Stadt Muzikanten move and contort like a film soundtrack. Lush, grand moments complement Mark’s signature cinematic “pretty-pretty-pop” sound. The album is currently available for pre-order via the Boompa online store.
Pre-order Die Stadt Muzikanten before the end of December and you will receive the album before release date, PLUS you will be emailed with a special access code to download exclusive songs leading up to the release. The exclusives include solo acoustic performances of songs from Die Stadt Muzikanten, and each comes with a new illustration by Mark.
Songwriter Mark Andrew of the Hamiltons, breathes a glorious new life into Die Stadt Muzikanten, an album both inspired by an extended stay in Germany and of the comparative lives of his ancestors. Hamilton found himself fascinated by the endless inspiration as he recollected thoughts of his childhood and took in the sounds and smells of a place once inhabited by his grandparents, to whom the album is dedicated. “I started thinking in terms of couples,” explains Hamilton of his time in Berlin, “of people coming and going, of walls and windows. Images of boating across the ocean to an unknown new life, and how so many of the movements I took run in the opposite direction from theirs.” Upon his return to his small Calgary apartment, the songs revealed themselves and Die Stadt Muzikanten was born.
Recently included in the CBC Radio 2 ‘Great Canadian Song Quest’ competition, Woodpigeon is one of 5 artists from the province of Alberta who may be chosen to compose a song inspired by locations as chosen by Canadians. You can hear the first sampling off Die Stadt Muzikanten, and vote for Woodpigeon now by going to http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/songquest/.
- Morningside CBC Radio 2 live recording of a song from Die Stadt Muzikanten