Erin Costelo’s latest album Down Below, The Status Quo is a reflection of her (and our) complicated world, expressed through a voice unlike any other in Canada. Having paid tribute to her vintage soul music influences on her previous album, We Can Get Over, Erin’s musical evolution has taken its next natural step on Down Below, The Status Quo by channeling those themes into 10 new deeply personal tracks that display her gifts as a producer, songwriter and arranger.
Costelo, a Halifax, NS native, made the album at Joel Plaskett’s New Scotland Yard studio in Dartmouth, working closely with engineer Thomas Stajcer and many accomplished Halifax musicians. Key tracks include the unflinching “Fighter,” “Low” and “Titanic” (co-written with Stephen Fearing), along with the hopeful “Move” and “Turn It On.”
Down Below, The Status Quo follows on the heels of We Can Get Over being named R&B/Soul Recording of the Year at the 2014 East Coast Music Awards. In the wake of that triumph, she shared stages with Mavis Staples, Dr. John, and Bettye LaVette, as well as appearing on Joel Plaskett’s latest release, The Park Avenue Sobriety Test, and joining him for his performance with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Release Date: March 25, 2016
Label: Venue Records/Pheromone Recordings
2. Worry Don’t Weigh Me Down
5. Turn It On
6. Quiet The Bombs
8. Wake Up
10. The Line