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Angela Desveaux & the Mighty Ship

Angela Desveaux & the Mighty Ship (Sonic Unyon)

Review By Linda Bull

Montreal-based singer songwriter Angela Desveaux has written an eclectic bunch of tunes, ranging from atmospheric alt-country to folk, pop and rock on her second and self-titled release. While her first album Wandering Eyes, recorded by Howard Bilerman of Arcade Fire in 2006, introduced audiences to her sultry country-tinged vocals, this new album confirms her skill as a songsmith and band leader.

Desveaux grew up in Cape Breton and was influenced by the rich local Irish and French musical traditions, as well as by the pop country music of her parents’ record collection. You can hear those influences throughout this release, as beautiful warm-voiced ballads are placed alongside jangly rock guitar tunes. The addition of a small horn section is a lovely surprise, especially on the opening to “Mighty Ship,” a wonderful old-time country anthem.

While the core of her band is guitarist Mike Feuerstack, bassist Eric Digras and drummer Gilles Castilloux, Desveaux also adds in other elements including pedal steel guitar, trumpet, saxophone, keyboards and violins. Comprised of all original material written by Desveaux, this album showcases her strong storytelling skills and places her as a welcome voice on the Canadian music scene.