RONOK SARKAR: Guitar / Piano
ADAM FINE: Bass
Andrew Sneddon: Dobro 3,7
Dean Gallant: Banjo 4
Rebecca Zolkower: Violin / Vocals 1,7
Scott Trivers: Mandolin / Vocals 1,3,7
Chris Godwin: Harmonica 4,7
Benn Ross: Drums 7
Ronok Sarkar, Halifax songwriter and bandleader of the critically acclaimed alt-folk group, BEND THE RIVER, releases his second solo album entitled WAITING FOR ALICE on January 14, 2016.
Recorded quickly over a few afternoons with Charles Austin at the Echo Chamber in Halifax, this release includes eight new songs, all written by Ronok Sarkar. Accompanied throughout by Gypsophilia member and fellow Bend the River bassist Adam Fine and recorded directly to 8-track tape, the album welcomes the listener through a clear, sparse, and warm sound through what amounts to a collection of love songs and short stories. With songs ranging from Sarkar’s tribute to Halifax poet TANYA DAVIS to his ode to a lost friend in FRANK, the album draws lines of loss and age in often haunting ways. MONEY BET ON YOU is about leaving and ALL ALONG IT WAS YOUR is about returning home. “These were the things on my mind as I waited for the birth of my second child, Alice,” Sarkar confesses.
Bringing in other instrumentalists for flourishes and bits of atmosphere such as Andrew Sneddon, Benn Ross, Rebecca Zolkower, Dean Gallant, Scott Trivers, and Chris Godwin, the end result remains very stripped down but still lifts and churns in spirit.
“I realized after listening back that this is definitely an album only a forty year old could write. When you’re young you tend to think you can discover the world. But the thing about the world is that it refuses to be discovered. And at some point you realize the world is discovering you. You’re just along for the ride.”
Ronok Sarkar will be performing the songs from WAITING FOR ALICE at the Company House in Halifax on January 14th and will be playing shows through the Maritimes and Ontario through the spring.
released January 14, 2016
Produced by Ronok Sarkar and Charles Austin
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