FIRST SINGLE “HEAD OVER HEELS INTO HEAVEN “
Photo by: Ingram Barss
“Making a record has always felt to me like trying to put a frame around a group of songs. In going through my songs from the last four years, it dawned on me that I’d need more than one frame to contain what I’ve been writing about. Hence four panes within a frame, four records in one box. Synchronicity and numbers have always been a fascination, and I saw this project as an opportunity to create something to mark my 44th year on this mystifying planet.“ – Joel Plaskett
(Toronto, ON – January 24, 2020) – On April 17, 2020, the day before his 45th birthday, Joel Plaskett will release 44.
A conceptual follow-up to his JUNO-award winning triple record, Three, 44 is a visionary project comprised of four, 11-song records, packaged together and connected thematically. Four years in the making, the songs were recorded in Dartmouth, Memphis, Nashville and Toronto with 33 different musicians.
The first single from the first album, “Head Over Heels Into Heaven” was co-written by Joel and Mo Kenney and features The Emergency (Dave Marsh & Chris Pennell). You can catch all of them onstage together on the 44 Spring Tour (dates below).
Watch the official lyric video here: https://youtu.be/rCvS4zmJk6I
Musically, 44 showcases many of Joel’s talents, and the hallmarks that have established him as one of Canada’s best known contemporary songwriters. Catchy rock and roll, delicate acoustic ballads and sonic production experiments bounce around the albums, all held together by Joel’s unique and inimitable lyrical style. Varying themes run across the records, but at its heart, 44 is an imaginative, musical rumination on trying to slow down and grow up in a rapidly accelerating world.
The first album, 41: Carried Away, is a traveling record. It starts in Memphis with the song Collusion, old memories colliding with the present and the journey begins. The second album, 42: Just Passing Through, playfully evokes the feeling of returning home to an unfamiliar landscape, while, 43: If There’s Another Road, is an introspective, nighttime transition from lost to found. The fourth and final album,44: The Window Inn, documents the arrival at a personal destination, summed up in the last song, “A Benefit 4 Dreamland.”
The artwork for 44 reflects the same creativity and attention to detail apparent in all of Joel’s music. The four individual album covers fit together to form a single photograph shot through a four-pane window, behind which lie two shelves of curated pictures, pottery, books and objects all relating to the songs. The cover photograph for the entire box set takes the window and shelves to the west coast of Cape Breton, and juxtaposes this interior world against the beauty and expanse of the night sky.
44 is Joel Plaskett’s most ambitious and imaginative endeavor to date. It is a project that will reveal itself over time, its scale and intention standing in sharp contrast to the fast paced, short-form digital world we navigate daily.
44 cover art
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April 28 – Calgary, AB @Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts/The Bella Concert Hall
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May 26 – Labrador City, NL @Labrador West Arts & Culture Centre
May 28 – Grand Falls, Windsor, NL @ Gordon Pinsent Arts and Culture Centre