Published May 04, 2015Manitoba singer-songwriter Carly Dow is set to unveil her debut full-length Ingrained next week, but Exclaim! is streaming it in its entirety, a whole week early.
Injecting traditional folk music with heaping helping of soul and a dash of biting edge, Dow delivers songs that reflect her roots. Inspired by the "depth, space and stark allure" of Manitoba, the songstress crafts music that isn't afraid to explore both beauty and darkness.
Opening with the stark and darkly soulful "Olive Branch," the album goes on to deliver twangy, blues-tinged tunes like "Soil to Dust" and "This Dress," gentle folk narratives like "Not a Songbird" and "Yours & Mine" — and everything in between. The 10-song set closes with the melancholic, downbeat, lullaby-esque "All Sleep Tonight," encapsulating the "soft and sultry, pretty and gritty" feel of the entire record.
Dow co-produced her debut album, alongside Darwin Baker and Jesse Matas (Crooked Brothers), recording the songs between Winnipeg's Private Ear Recording and a historical log-built visitor's centre in Riding Mountain National Park.
Ingrained officially arrives on May 13, but you can scroll past Dow's upcoming tour dates to give it an advanced listen in the player below.
05/13 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
05/17 VIA Rail Onboard Musician
05/20 Toronto, ON - Holy Oak *
05/21 London, ON - Fire Roasted Coffee
05/22 Hamilton, ON - Private House Concert
05/23 Montreal, QC - Petit Campus ^
05/24 VIA Rail Onboard Musician
05/27 Moncton, NB - Plan B ~
05/28 Truro, NS - Calabay Cafe
05/29 Halifax, NS - Cafe Cempoal #
05/30 Wolfville, NS - T.A.N. Coffee
05/31 VIA Rail Onboard Musician
06/05-07 Gimli, MB - Real Love Music Fest
* with Slocan Ramblers
^ with the Young Novelists
~ with Romi Mayes
# with Campbell Woods