Today is the big day for Canadian band, Elliott Brood as they release their latest album, Work and Love.
Nine new tracks for the record Work and Love, the band created these sweet sounds earlier this year during the cold springtime. Resorting to a country farmhouse in Ontario, band members Casey Laforet, Mark Sasso, Stephen Pitkin and Producer, Ian Blurton, spent two weeks creating the sounds for Work and Love. Long nights, little contact with the outside world and inspiration drawn from their youth — magic certainly happened during those two creative weeks!
Work and Love is Elliott Brood’s fifth album which was strongly influenced by Blurton. He pushed the musicians out of their comfort zone in an attempt to create a new sounds and a new kind of energy… and it worked. After the first four albums were considered relatively safe, Blurton wanted to assist in creating something that was totally out of Elliott Brood’s zone. Forcing out old habits, creating sharper sounds, using tape loops and adding dimension, Blurton and Elliott Brood’s long hours and great effort paid off.
The album is great. Described as alternative country, revival music and frontier rock, I can certainly say this album touches on a little bit of everything. Alt-country most definitely. The rustic sounds, honest truths and combination of music and lyrics certainly represent country. However, at the same time, the album is a wonderful balance of soft and loud. The instrumentals are strong. The rustic beats of the drums and the sounds of the strings harmoniously create a strong flowing beat, neatly balanced by the softness of the vocals. The album is fun and easy to listen to. Heart is definitely felt.
Drawing from experiences, love lost and found, the journey from youth to manhood, remembering abandonment and new burdens, and reaching out to love and life lessons, Laforet says Work and Love is a “lament for youth”. As the most personal album to date, Work and Love is honest, rustic and true to Elliott Brood.
Work and Love was released on October 21 and is available through Paper Bag Records or iTunes.