Abigail Lapell 

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Call it prairie noir or Canadiana desert rock: Abigail Lapell sings haunting, gorgeous modern folk songs. The Toronto songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has won two Canadian Folk Music Awards and reached over 20 million Spotify streams. Her evocative new album, Stolen Time, was released April 2022 on Outside Music. 

Abigail Lapell returns withStolen Time, her elemental and powerfully evocative third album. Produced by Howard Bilerman at Montreals Hotel2Tango, Stolen Time feels unhurried, psychedelic and otherworldly in the vein of Gillian Welch or Karen Dalton. A theme of recovery runs through the album, with songs about becoming sober, or a partners sudden illness, exploring the cycle of rehabilitation and relapse. The title comes fromtempo rubato, a music term referring to the loose push and pull of expressive phrasing—a fitting metaphor for the shifting rhythm of uncertain times. An eclectic cast of musicians underscores the power of Lapells vocals on live-off-the-floor, 70s folk rock arrangements featuring bass, drums, horns, strings and steel. But many of Stolen Times standout tracks are solo guitar or piano songs, backed by little more than ghostly accordion or harmonica. The result is Lapells most ambitious and confident album to date. 

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