Singer-Songwriter Nancy Falkow takes a melody, introduces it to an image-laden lyric and gives it a home by creating a sound-scape in song. In June 2004 Falkow celebrates the release of CLEAR VIEW. A year and a half in the making, she teamed up again with Emmy-winning producer Shane McMartin to create an engaging and unique sophomore album. A performer first, Falkow has led a an exciting career as an independent artist; touring nationwide, singing on many projects and landing songs in TV and film. As a vocalist Falkow has landed guest spots on recordings from Astrud Gilberto to G Love. Her most cherished career highlight was when she toured as a vocalist with Daniel Lanois on his 'Shine' Tour in 2003. Early in her career a coveted spot at the Lilith Fair opened lots of doors for Falkow. She has shared stages with many personal heroes including Richie Havens, Donovan, Patty Griffin and Sarah McLachlan. With each experience she learned a little more and continued to grow as a songwriter and an entertainer. CLEAR VIEW is a collection of charming acoustic-based pop-folk songs performed by a stellar line up. Falkow's rich, textured, vocal soars melodically and soulfully through 11 new songs. The title track 'Clear View' emanates a sweet darkness, while the shimmering melancholy of 'Blindsided' bleeds an infectious melody and subtle heartbreaking lyric. 'Under the Sun's' lead vocal swims through a Leslie speaker while the opening track, 'Stay's' Led Zeppelin a la 'Kashmir' lap steel and lap synth string outro captures the vision only Falkow & McMartin could produce. As expected, Falkow had a little help from her friends. She surrounds herself with Philadelphia's finest, including guitarists Mike 'Slo-Mo' Brenner and Kara Lafty (The Jane Anchor), bassist Steve Demarest, percussionist Hoagy Wing, cellist Hotch, singer Jennifer Lynn, trumpetist Matt Cappy and keyboardists Amber deLaurentis, Pete Rydberg and Mike Richelle. Tracks arrived via USPS from Scot Sax and Mark Getten of the band Feel (Curb). McMartin held down double and triple duties on the drums, percussion and even a little bass. 'I really enjoyed co-producing this record with Shane,' Falkow explains. 'I approached my vocal a lot differently, it's very honest and straight forward. Overall, I wanted to achieve an open and simple sound. Nothing has been overproduced. We treated each song with exactly what it needed, whether it was horns or strings or just a piano and a vocal. Recording all of the overdubs was the most fun.' Upon the release of her second album, Smitten, Billboard Magazine singled her out from the pack by saying, 'Falkow is writing infectious pop/folk songs with palpable soul.' With her Summer 2004 relocation to Dublin, Ireland, Falkow is looking forward to a whole new adventure and change of scenery. CLEAR VIEW ends her chapter in Philadelphia and begins a brand new one an ocean away.
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