Warner Music Canada recording artist Jim Cuddy is in the final stages of mixing the tracks that will make up his solo album, Skyscraper Soul, scheduled for release on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. The album was recorded in Blue Rodeo’s Woodshed Studio this past Spring.
In the spring of 2010, following extensive Blue Rodeo touring, Jim Cuddy began to write music to accompany his wife Rena’s comedic short film Four Sisters. It turned out that some of what he’d written did’t fit the film but on a creative roll he continued writing. Before long he had the kind of material he felt could make up his third solo album.
“When I write songs for my solo material, the songs tend to be a lot more personal than what I write for Blue Rodeo,” says Jim. “I come in here and sit down with all of these instruments and work at building the ideas until a song emerges. Once I’ve demoed the track and played it for the band, we work on fleshing it out.”
Production on Skyscraper Soul was handled by Cuddy, guitarist Colin Cripps and Chris Shreenan-Dyck. Jim was joined in the studio by his touring solo band, The Jim Cuddy Band (Colin Cripps, Bazil Donovan, Joel Anderson, Steve O’Connor and Anne Lindsay) and a number of Toronto’s top horn players and string players. Many of the album’s songs benefit from the spontaneity of having the musicians set up together in the studio and play live off the floor.
One of the album highlights is “Everyone Watched The Wedding,” the record’s first single, scheduled for release on Tuesday, August 16, 2011.
“I’ve never been much of a royalist but this song is about the royal wedding,” says Cuddy. “Something about this last wedding got me. When I started reading more about it I realized that there is something about it that is very inspiring. And this was truly a gift. This song just came out. I had come in to the studio to do something completely different and within half an hour I had this song completely sketched out and that doesn’t happen, usually there’s more work involved.”
Skyscraper Soul is available for pre-order here.
On September 27, Jim Cuddy’s brand new solo album, Skyscraper Soul, will be released!
From now until then, we are very excited to be able to give you a look into the making of Skyscraper Soul, including blog posts by Jim and his band, behind-the-scenes photos and videos, and even an audio stream of the entire album!
While the first blog post is available right now, the rest of this exclusive content will be revealed as the release date for Skyscraper Soul approaches.
Visit JimCuddy.com to read Jim’s “First Things” blog, which you can access by clicking on the July 27 window in our skyscraper landscape.
You’ll see that all of the windows on that page feature a date, which tells you exactly when the content behind each window will become available. Mouse over the windows for a sneak peak at what’s to come. You can also share everything on this page with your friends by clicking on the Facebook, Twitter and email icons at the bottom of each pop up.
And if you haven’t purchased a copy yet, we are still preselling three fantastic versions of Skyscraper Soul. You can preorder this album on CD, as a deluxe CD, or as a vinyl+CD package. Once your preorder is placed, you will instantly receive a link to download the demo recording of demo track “Water’s Running High”.
On September 27, Jim Cuddy will release Skyscraper Soul, his first solo album in almost five years.
Click here to pre-order Skyscraper Soul on CD, deluxe CD, or as a vinyl + CD package now. All preorders will come with a handwritten lyric manuscript, the first 500 of which will be signed by Jim. You’ll also get an instant download of the demo recording “Water’s Running High”.
A note from Jim on the track “Water’s Running High”:
I wrote the song for Rena’s short comedic film Four Sisters. I was not her first choice for the music but I worked my way in by presenting her with this song which I envisioned running over the credits at the end.
Keep your eyes on JimCuddy.com for more exciting updates leading up to Skyscraper Soul’s release.
On Thursday, April 21, Jim Cuddy, Oh Susanna, and a bevy of other famous Canadians, will be participating in the Toronto To Japan – Hope Blossoms charity event at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, ON.
Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.