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From Ohio via New York and California, Joshua Radin is a uniquely word-of-mouth success story. Radin only started playing music after college at Northwestern University when he moved to New York City, bought a guitar and began learning to play his favorite Beatles and Bob Dylan tunes. His alternative route to prominence began when a friend gave a demo featuring his very first composition, “Winter”, to a TV producer—who promptly used it to score a scene of the sitcom Scrubs in 2004. Other Hollywood types found his music just as evocative, and now various Radin songs have been heard over 100 times on TV shows (Grey’s Antatomy, Brothers and Sisters, American Idol), as well as many films and commercials.
His debut, We Were Here (Columbia), drew critical acclaim and a four star review from Rolling Stone. 2008’s follow up, Simple Times, which hit number one on the overall iTunes chart upon release, saw Radin collaborating with producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith). Simple Times went top 10 in ten different countries including the UK where lead single “I’d Rather Be With You” went all the way to number two at radio. This past year Radin released The Rock and The Tide (Mom+Pop) produced by Martin Terefe (Cat Stevens, Ron Sexmith). He has appeared on Ellen, the Today Show, Conan O’Brian and many others. He has begun co-producing his fourth album with producer Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids). Joshua co-produced LP his latest LP underwater, available now!
A Fine Frenzy
A Fine Frenzy is the enchanting musical world of Alison Sudol. And her sprawlingly ambitious new album PINES reaches for the stars. It is nothing less than the story of our age: an elegy for a planet on the brink of catastrophe. Our planet.
A magic-realist allegory about the enduring beauty and awesome power of nature, PINES is a wildly diverse musical adventure ¬ and a cautionary tale for the 21st century. “It began life as a children’s story,” says Sudol. “Then I thought it would be an album of lullabies. But once I’d started writing, it just kept on growing.”
Recorded over a week of torrential rainstorms in Los Angeles just before Christmas, PINES takes the listener on a voyage of discovery that at once celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the indestructible power of nature.
The singer-songwriter and passionate environmental campaigner, whose 2007 debut album ONE CELL IN THE SEA spawned the breakthrough hit ‘Almost Lover’, began work on PINES after undergoing a crisis of confidence after completing her 2009 collection BOMB IN A BIRDCAGE.
Retreating more literally to the Cascade Mountains in Washington state two years ago, Sudol once again began to dream, surrounded by the vastness of nature. “It was hugely inspiring. I absorbed as much of it as I could and then put that into the songs when I got home.” She found further inspiration in the awe-inspiring redwood forests of Northern California. “When you’re really deep in the sequoias, it’s like being in a cathedral. It’s so quiet, and the trees are so ancient. I could feel things stirring deep in my heart, so much so that it was almost overpowering at times. I was so happy there, truly happy, for the first time in what felt like ages.”
Even though the recording of PINES is completed, this story has only just begun. A book based on the fable is already under way, and Sudol has completed the script for a companion film, too. PINES contains its own universe, but it also marks the beginning of another chapter in the ongoing adventure of A Fine Frenzy.
Alison Sudol serves as an ambassador for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and performed at the 2011 Environmental Media Awards. She is also a member of TakePart, the social action network of Participant Media (motto: “Entertainment that Inspires and Compels Social Change”). She is one of the earliest adopters of Twitter (@AfineFrenzy) and has 1.7 million followers.