Songs from the road: Ian Foster’s new album draws from touring experiences

TC Media
Published on May 29, 2014
Ian Foster’s new album ‘ The Great Wave,’ which draws from his experiences touring the globe, will be released next month.

Photo by Nancy Hynes

Songwriter Ian Foster is releasing a new full-length album, The Great Wave, in June, with a CD release tour of this province, as well as throughout Nova Scotia and Ontario.

The album features a collection of songs written over the last few years and over the many kilometers Foster has travelled. These stories from the road come together on the album, which was recorded in a small house/open concept art gallery in Pouch Cove — The James Baird Gallery, where Canadian songstress Sarah Slean wrote half of her last album, Land and Sea.

“The vibe of the place really got into the bones of the album,” Foster said in a prepared release.

“When you find a unique space like that, it brings out even more creativity in capturing the sound, and infuses that creativityback into the songs themselves.

“We worked very intensely as well, which in turn gives the record a cohesive sound that runs through the different styles and themes.”

Highlights of The Great Wave include the song “Ethie,” a mortality tale that comes via the Northern Peninsula and the wreckage of the S.S. Ethie, a mailship that sank in 1919.  

Foster’s trip to the Duomo in Milan, Italy, and a performance he did at a school in Black Tickle, Labrador also serve as inspirations for some of the tracks.

Foster and engineer and co-producer, Robert Kelly, had the gallery to themselves for most of January and February. The album was mixed by Scott Hammond at The Blue Room in Stephenville and mastered at Joao Carvalho Studios in Toronto.

“This is the album I’ve always wanted to make,” Foster said. “We made this album the way some of my favourite albums have been made:  by finding a space that works with the music, dedicating an intense but finite period of time to it, and coming out the other side with a whole record that seems to suddenly just appear in the world, energy and excitement still intact.”

Foster plays Swirsky’s in Corner Brook on Friday.  The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available in advance at all Brewed locations, or at the door.