My Father Was A Sailor

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"My Father Was A Sailor" is a collection of nautical-themed songs inspired by Glenn D'Cruze's late father's life at sea with the British Merchant Navy. Its highlights include a choir throughout, a horn section featuring JP Carter (Destroyer) & narratives by Stuart David (Belle & Sebastian, Looper).

Though some of these sea-themed songs were written before Glenn’s father William D’Cruze recently passed away, they took on new meaning after he died which inspired additional songs about the sea, his life and the afterlife – and the transition between the two.

There’s a laid back 1970’s vibe, a theatrical quality and a prevailing undercurrent of sadness and beauty flowing throughout the record while retaining the atmospherics and layers of melody from its predecessor, "Skylines."

"My Father Was A Sailor" was played by Glenn and Jonathan Anderson with a horn section and was sung by Glenn with a fourteen person choir. Scotsman Stuart David contributes gale warning and shipping forecast narratives on "The Sailor & The Stenographer" and "Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle" respectively. Also included is a cover of "South" written by Mark Powell & Lupe Núñez-Fernández of European duo Pipas.

Watch the videos filmed aboard an Icelandic container ship on the desolate North Sea/North Atlantic Ocean by filmmaker Greg Gillespie at www.northatlanticexplorers.com.

credits

released October 28, 2014

"My Father Was A Sailor" was played by:

Glenn D’Cruze:

Piano – 5, 6, 7, 10
Wurlitzer Electric Piano – 2, 5, 8
Rhodes – 9
Casio keyboard – 4, 9
Synth – 10
Acoustic Guitar – 9
Banjo – 3
Mellotron Samples – 3, 5
Vibraphone Samples – 11
Glockenspiel – 2, 3, 7, 8, 9
Drums and/or Cymbals - all tracks
Drum Programming – 2, 4, 6, 11
Shaker – 2, 3, 4, 11
Tambourine – 2, 4, 10
Sleigh Bells – 9
Finger Snaps - 5

Jonathan Anderson:

Acoustic Guitar – 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11
Electric Guitar – 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11
Bass – 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10
Piano Bass – 6, 11
Banjo – 4
Wurlitzer Electric Piano - 3
Keyboard – 7, 9
Synth - 1, 11
Organ - 10
Mellotron Samples – 5
Omnichord – 8
Virtual Strings – 2, 7, 11
Loops, Effects & Ambience – 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 11

with:

JP Carter - Trumpet (1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9) & Flugelhorn (2, 3, 8)
Lance Odegard – Trombone (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8)
Jerry Cook – Tenor Saxophone (2)

and sung by:

Glenn D’Cruze

with the North Atlantic Explorers Choir:

Jonathan Anderson - 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11
Jon Brotherton - 4
Leigh Denholm - 3, 4, 5, 7
Jordan Klassen - 3, 5
Andrew Koole - 3, 5
Emma Magirescu - 1, 7, 11
Nathan Moes - 3, 5, 6
Matthew Palmer - 7
Johanna Polkki - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Leonardo Song-Carrillo - 1, 11
Jason Sylvester - 1, 4, 11
Leah Valing - 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11
Joel Willoughby - 7
Brenda Wind - 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11 (& additional harmonies on 9)

Stuart David – Gale Warning announcement on "The Sailor & The Stenographer" & Shipping Forecast on "Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle." Script assistance from Joan Self at the UK Met Office.

All songs © 2014 by Glenn D’Cruze (SOCAN) except "South" (Núñez-Fernández/Powell)

Recorded, mixed & mastered by Jonathan Anderson at Buena Vista Audio, Vancouver, Canada.

"Don’t Want No One Else (If I Can’t Have You)" references a lyric & melody from "The Boy With The Arab Strap" by Belle & Sebastian.

SS Cape Nelson photograph by Walter E. Frost

Artwork Design by Mike Priebe

Thank you to Cheryl, Avery & Bailey, the Anderson family, Keith Galick, Greg Gillespie and to everyone who sang, played and/or contributed so wonderfully to this album.

℗ & © 2014 North Atlantic Explorers

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