It may have taken close to two years for Alice Kos to finish her debut album You Missed It All, but this certainly wasn’t due to idleness or want for inspiration.
The 29-year-old, Edmonton-born singer-songwriter packed a lot of experiences into that time, including a four-month volunteer shift in Africa and the end of a five-year marriage to her high school sweetheart. Such events can’t help but mark a person. If her initial forays into songwriting showed promise, the batch that tumbled out during her life upheaval were kinetic with passion; because of this, You Missed It All is an elegiac debut that is suffused with regret, anger and tenderness.
Albums don’t just happen in a vacuum, however; Kos’s musical partner from the beginning has been Everett LaRoi (Idyl Tea, manraygun), her guitar teacher since 2007. The friendship that developed led to Kos showing her earliest songs to LaRoi. Eventually the two assembled a band of veterans (Tom Murray, bass; Mike Silverman, drums; Scott Zubot, violin), and began work on You Missed It All. The full-grown sound the five developed suited the melancholy nature of the album, with hymn-like organ drones seeping into ambient mutterings, clangorous, messy feedback rockers bumping against gentle acoustic reveries.
Recorded, mixed and produced by Everett LaRoi, You Missed It All will be released in late January, with a record release on Saturday, Feb. 11 at The Artery, 9535 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton.
RIYL: Cowboy Junkies, Mojave 3, Galaxie 500, Isobel Campbell, Pieta Brown
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released January 31, 2012
Alice Kos – vocals, piano, organ, acoustic and electric guitar
Everett LaRoi – vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
Tom Murray – upright and electric bass
Mike Silverman – drums and percussion
Scott Zubot – violin
Mark Davis whistles on track 8
Tracks 4, 6, 7 recorded at Eddie’s
All other tracks recorded at Ivan’s
Additional overdubs recorded at Spicy Tomato Music
Recorded and mixed by Everett LaRoi
Mastered by JJ Golden at Golden Mastering, Ventura, CA
Art and design by Warren Heise
Produced by Everett LaRoi
All songs by Alice Kos © 2012 SOCAN/ASCAP
Thank you Alison, Bram, Gary, Havilah, Jacob, Karen, Lora, Rachel, Steve and especially Mark.