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North Atlantic Explorers interweave spacey songs with scenic themes & geographic imagery, enhanced by loops, samples & cinematic orchestration.

"Skylines" is a beautiful, engaging, and sonically stimulating record flavoured with strings, horns, vibes, glockenspiel, banjo, upright bass and vintage organs & pianos.

credits

released July 5, 2005

North Atlantic Explorers are a cinematic band from Vancouver captained by Glenn D’Cruze who stepped out from behind the drum kit to navigate his own ship.

Glenn played with Vancouver bands who released albums on Nettwerk and Mint Records and performed in thirteen countries, including appearances at South-By-Southwest in Texas and Denmark’s Roskilde Festival with the likes of Neil Young, New Order, Sonic Youth and Spiritualized.

DESCRIPTION/GENRE ...

Cinematic alt. pop

FOR FANS OF ...

Wilco, Yo La Tengo, Sigur Rós, Sufjan Stevens, Stars, Galaxie 500, Mercury Rev, Neil Young, Iron & Wine, Brian Eno, Idaho, Sun Kil Moon …

press for Skylines:

" ... Glenn D’Cruze circumnavigates ambitious terrain; he and his band mates have managed to simultaneously charter new territory while maintaining familiar ground ... It’s an admirable accomplishment to have forged an album that mixes the least obvious elements of new-Americana, Sigur Ros, and Galaxie 500 and create something this enjoyable." (The Big Takeover - USA)

"... Skylines is a mixture of the atmospheric abstraction of Sigur Ros and the down home simplicity of Neil Young, The Red House Painters and The Cowboy Junkies. Packed with emotion, Skylines is a first-rate debut from a group not only willing to challenge listeners but also themselves." (Mote Magazine -Canada)

" ... Skylines is one of the prettiest rock records to come out in awhile ... North Atlantic Explorers craft lush, beautiful songs rich in melody and atmosphere ..." (Indieville - Canada)

"... the best ‘out of the blue, I never heard of this artist and man does it blow me away’ album I heard last year. A gorgeous ethereal album of long-haul songs. It takes the best of the moody Mercury Rev soundscapes and combines them with the melodic pop sensibility of Luna." (The Westender - Canada)

"... a curiosity; swirls of bagpipes, a solar system of space rock, blissed out country and lovelorn ballads ... their approach lies somewhere between The Flaming Lips and Godspeed You Black Emperor ... for fans of Yume Bitsu, Sigur Ros or Yo La Tengo, the sound that angels slow-dance to." (Americana UK - UK)

"... North Atlantic Explorers make the kind of drifting, dreamy music best suited to long journeys ... the themes are unashamedly romantic, and with a style of music one might term ‘accessibly experimental
Americana tinged indie’ - this is an album to file next to Mercury Rev’s ‘Deserter’s Songs" ... an album for lovers of lush arrangements of sad, quiet songs. Very nice." (Penny Black Music - UK)

"... the songwriting and production abilities of Glenn D’Cruze really impress ... the listener may sometimes be reminded of Low - the melancholic mood and the very slow pace, Yo La Tengo - the taste for stretching out songs and the numerous instrumental parts, or Wilco - the countryish accents and the voice ... North Atlantic Explorers have excellent songs, a universe of their own, and are highly skilled at what they do ..." (Millefeuille - France)

"... a fusion of extraterrestrial experimentalism and pop naivety ... that the band can simultaneously accomplish Americana and electronic ambience is probably good enough reason to check Skylines out, but that they can do it to proficient effect is the real kicker ..." (CDReviews.com - USA)

"... with an atmospheric flair akin to Sigur Ros, D’Cruze and fourteen fellow musical explorers employ a rich array of effects-laden instrumentation to sail ethereal waters ... Skylines is an ideal soundtrack for pensive stargazing from a town in Northern Ontario." (Terminal City - Canada)

CREDITS:

EXPLORERS

Glenn D'Cruze:

Lead Vocals - 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
Acoustic Guitar - 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8
Electric Guitar - 1, 9
Piano - 1, 8, 9, 10
Organ - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9
Wurlitzer Piano - 1, 2
Organ Bass Pedals - 4, 10
Drums & Percussion - all tracks
Vibraphone - 5, 7
Glockenspiel - 5, 7
Wind Chimes - 4

Jonathan Anderson:

Harmony Vocals - 2, 3, 5, 6
Acoustic Guitar - 1, 5
Electric Guitar - 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 10
Bass - 1, 7
Wurlitzer Piano - 3, 7
Keys & Synths - 1, 5, 7, 9
Banjo - 2, 8
Trombone - 2, 8
Glockenspiel - 1, 3
Accordian - 6
Omnichord - 5, 8, 9
Loops & Effects - 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10

Anthony Hempell - Fuzz Bass (1), Bass (3, 5, 8, 9), Air Organ (5)
Andrew Mayrs - Lead Guitar (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9)
JP Carter - Coronet (6, 9)
John Bews - Upright Bass (2, 6)
Michael Priebe - Harmonica (2), Piano (6)
Angie Lof - Vocals (5, 7, 9)
Michelle Grunert - Vocals (6)
Marilee Breitkreutz - Vocals (8)
Kevin House - Vocals (9)
Gillian Mott - Violin (1, 6, 7, 9)
Jenny Atkinson - Violin (1, 6, 7, 9)
James Hill - Viola (1, 6, 7, 9)
Anne Davison - Cello (1, 6, 7, 9)

Strings arranged by Michael Priebe

NAVIGATORS

Jonathan Anderson (Basement Winter and Buena Vista Audio) with Glenn D'Cruze, Vancouver, Canada

ADDITIONAL NAVIGATION

Chõn (Profile Sound Studios) and Colin Stewart (The Hive Studios) Vancouver, Canada

Mastered by Jamie Sitar (Suite Sound Labs) Vancouver, Canada

Images courtesy of NASA except Milky Way (A. Morton/Photo Researchers Inc.)

All songs © 2005 by Glenn D'Cruze (SOCAN) except:

Anchors Away © 2005 by D'Cruze/Mayrs/Hempell/Aycock (SOCAN), I Will Not Leave You Alone (Cole, Clark) Chrysalis Songs (BMI) (Words and music by Lloyd Cole and Neil Clark © 1995 Chrysalis Music Ltd. All rights in the USA & Canada administered by Chrysalis Songs (BMI). International copyright secured. All rights reserved. Used by permission.) and Tonight You Belong To Me (David, Rose) Warner Chappell Inc. (ASCAP).

(p) and © 2005 North Atlantic Explorers

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