Cowboy Junkies :: Renmin Park


Cowboy Junkies-leider Michael Timmins bracht met zijn gezin drie maanden in China door om daar twee kinderen te adopteren. In die tijd leerde hij de Chinese muziek kennen en nam er geluiden op; van het verkeer, badmintonwedstrijden en noem maar op. Dat werd de basis voor Renmin Park – The Nomad Series Volume 1. De liedjes van Timmins zijn zoals altijd geniaal in hun eenvoud en de stem van zijn zus Margo is zo mogelijk nog fraaier en doorleefder geworden. Renmin Park is de muzikaal meest gedurfde CD die de Canadese groep in haar 25-jarige bestaan gemaakt heeft en de fantastische start van een serie die uiteindelijk vier CD’s zal beslaan.

With the release of Renmin Park, Cowboy Junkies are beginning their most ambitious period yet. Inspired by a three-month stay that Michael Timmins and his family spent in China—which he describes as “an other-worldly experience”— Renmin Park is the first of four releases planned over the next 18 months, collectively titled “The Nomad Series.” Renmin Park (translated, it means “People’s Park,” as found in every Chinese town) is a celebration of the sights, sounds, and characters of Jingjiang.

Several of the tracks on this volume were built on loops made from “field recordings” Michael made in China where he recorded a myriad of sounds from music and conversations to badminton games to students chanting their lessons or performing their morning calisthenics. The album also includes covers of songs by two of the country’s most important rock artists – “I Cannot Sit Sadly By Your Side” by Zuoxiao Zuzhou (ZXZZ) and Xu Wei’s “My Fall.”

Renmin Park a fictional love story about two people whose two worlds will forever keep them apart,” says the guitarist. “It’s a thank-you letter to an obscure city and the people who opened up their lives to five very strange strangers. It’s a document about a bewilderingly complex culture that is, once again, experiencing a massive upheaval. Cowboy Junkies are now blasting forward with unprecedented determination. The Nomad Series may mark a new and distinct chapter in the band’s remarkable history, but it is certainly consistent with their process and vision.  

Renmin Park
Sir Francis Bacon At The Net
Stranger Here
A Few Bags Of Grain
I Cannot Sit Sadly By Your Side
(You’ve Got To Get) A Good Heart
Cicadas / Interlude
My Fall
Little Dark Heart
A Walk In The Park
Renmin Park (revisited)

CowboyJunkies_RenminPark _TheNomadSeriesVolume 1


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