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Compact Disc (CD)
The physical CD is so much better than a download! This way, you get the wonderful CD artwork of Angela Lee. I suggest you rip off the cover and frame it.
(You'll also get an immediate download of the entire album)
“Known primarily for her guitar and lap steel prowess, Toronto’s Christine Bougie bridges genre gaps on this delightfully inventive record. Bougie spent the last year in folkie Amy Millan’s band adding rich, countrified textures to the mix. That rustic side of Bougie’s musical approach is apparent on this collection of instrumentals but the free form nature of these pieces is closer to that of improvised jazz. Whether hammering out guitar leads on “All at Once” or easing into a banjo breakdown on “Eastmount Park,” Bougie’s playing is a revelation. With a band that includes members of Feist and killer jazz percussionist Nick Fraser, tunes like “Think from the End” possess an interesting ’70s hue, while the title track’s post-rock swing and horns recall Torngat. There’s a cool Bitches Brew energy to “Over the Line,” the pulsating keyboards and rhythms adding another dimension to Hammy’s Secret Life, a great, surprising record.”
“There’s a long history of hired musicians who are as good, if not better, than their bosses, and Christine Bougie, Amy Millan’s go-to gal for everything lap steel, is part of this important group. Her debut disc, Hammy’s Secret Life, is a delicate instrumental album filled with flawless slide guitar, jazzy melodies and enough variety to make you forget that there’s no one singing.
While everything here is worth checking out, Eastmount Park – a great emotive tune that dabbles in jazz, country and indie – is probably the most interesting track.”
released March 1, 2007
CHRISTINE BOUGIE guitars, lap steel, xylophone, jr. zither, banjo
DAFYDD HUGHES wurlitzer, melodica, organ, synthesizer