Elspeth Tremblay documents her Saturn return with her new album Return. It’s her return to music after an eccentric roster of jobs from antique stamp evaluator, professional artist, gallery manager, waitress and more. There are 11 songs, recorded in Brooklyn with folk impresario Dawn Landes (Bluebird, Sweetheart Rodeo), and a remix by Hip Hop rapper, and producer Pete Miser (live touring DJ for Dido).
The album took over four years to write, record and arrange. It’s telling in the time, care and gathering of autobiographical details. Her journey from her hometown of Canberra, (the title of track 10) to Melbourne, eight years in New York City (“always scraping by for the rent”) and now Philadelphia.
Tremblay’s lilting Australian accent, gentle guitar rhythms are in perfect harmony with the Americana, indie pop tracks she has penned. There’s heartbreak close by in every track. “Across the room, I catch her eye,” she sings on “Sum of Parts”. While on “Sunshine” she reveals, “There’s quiet in my heart”. Return falls in the folk storytelling tradition of Aimee Mann, Suzanne Vega and Frente’s Angie Hart.
Tremblay is an openly out artist, a divorcee, watercolor painter, cat lady and gentle optimist. She lives in Philadelphia with her girlfriend Melanie.
released July 9, 2014
Elspeth Tremblay - vocals/guitar/percussion
Dawn Landes - vocals/guitar/bass/organ/percussion
Josh Kaufman - guitar/bass/organ/synth/drums
Lucas Mortimer - drums/percussion
Lauren Balthrop - vocals
All songs written by Elspeth Tremblay except for Hammond Song (Margaret A. Roche)
Produced By Elspeth Tremblay
Co-Produced, Engineered and Mixed by Dawn Landes
Recorded and Mixed at Saltlands Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Assistant Engineers: Lucas Mortimer, Jesse O’Connor
Additional recording by Nate Martinez and Pete Miser
More Than I Should Remix by Pete Miser, Duotone Audio Group
Mastered by Frankford Wayne
Artwork by Elspeth Tremblay
Cover design by Courtney Brown
© 2014 all rights reserved
Special thanks to: Dawn Landes, Melanie McNair, Felicity Loughrey,
Carol R. de Fritsch, the Metz and Tremblay clan, and countless friends who’ve encouraged me along the way!