'Cloud Maintenance' Available Everywhere
Toronto, Ontario – October 24, 2011 – Kevin Hearn's new album Cloud Maintenance is about journeys. From wintery wilderness cabins to sunshine-y cities of love, from the clouds at the edge of space to the centre of the mind, Hearn takes us to all these places and more on Cloud Maintenance – due December 20 through Celery Music/EMI Music Canada. Recorded in Toronto's Orange and Canterbury Studios as well as Hearn's "cabin in Northern Ontario, on an island, in a forest on a lake, in the dead of winter," Cloud Maintenance is Kevin’s second solo album and follows the Barenaked Ladies’ multi-instrumentalist's 1997 record Mothball Mint as well as four more recent records with his full band as Kevin Hearn & Thinbuckle.
The inspiration for the album title as well as the album's cover image is the striking painting Routine Cloud Maintenance by Don Porcella. It's also the anchor for the song "Tell Me Tell Me."
The guest list on Cloud Maintenance is impressive. Beyond Hearn's work with Barenaked Ladies and with Thinbuckle, he's also toured as Lou Reed's band leader and keyboard player, and as pianist with Laurie Anderson. He's also played with the Rheostatics, the Look People, and even a band with his comedian cousin Harland Williams named, aptly, The Cousins.
Many of the friends Hearn made on these journeys helped in Cloud Maintenance's creation. Long-time ally Michael Phillip Wojewoda co-produced Cloud Maintenance with Hearn ("We make a good team and love working together. He's got a great, creative spirit.") and Thinbuckle members present and past Brian MacMillan, Chris Gartner, Great Bob Scott, and Derek Orford all contribute. Lou Reed's drummer Tony Thunder Smith plays on multiple songs, and the monstrously catchy "Monsters Anonymous" features Jenn Grant, Hawksley Workman and Sahara MacDonald, amongst others. In a fortuitous bit of timing, The Band's Garth Hudson helped Hearn on "The House Of Invention," a song about Aboriginal Canadian painter Norval Morriseau and a backstage introduction was the serendipitous lead to the contribution of Arnold Robinson, a former member of both the Platters and the Nylons.
While the rich and varied guest list provides lots of intrigue on Cloud Maintenance, it's the songs themselves that are the real stars. Whether it's the ships filled with sugar that cut through the water in "The City Of Love," or the clacking engine on the tracks during "Northbound Train," each of Hearn's songs takes you somewhere.
"Don't Shuffle Me Back"
"Tell Me Tell Me"
"The House Of Invention"
"See You Again"
"The City Of Love"