The Legend of The Free

by Carrie Armitage

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  • The 3rd solo album from this Canadian singer songwriter. An eclectic, artistic mix of earth inspired soulful pop; ambient, eco/peace driven music with a hint of jazz, scat and spoken word.

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Artist: Carrie Armitage
Album: The Legend of the Free
Review by Matt Warnock
Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)
The term singer-songwriter often brings to mind a lone artist, sitting in the corner of a pub or café strumming open chords on their guitar as they sing laid-back songs to crowds of loyal listeners. Artists such as Joni Mitchell and Neil Young have come to define the genre with their copious releases over the years, but it’s artists such as Carrie Armitage that are working overtime to redefine the genre and propel it into the 21st century.
Armitage’s 2010 release The Legend of the Free is an intelligently written and creatively arranged collection of tunes in the singer songwriter genre while destroying any preconceived notions of what a singer songwriter should be. Her use of ambient beats, a la This Mortal Coil but not as depressing, combined with extended vocal techniques and spoken word help lift this album above the fold and place it into a category all its own.
Songs such as “Beautiful Blue” showcase Armitage’s wide vocal range as she uses her upper register to build climax after climax during the song’s chorus and verse section, though using section labels such as chorus, verse and bridge might not be appropriate for this record. Armitage’s music seemingly floats in the realm between formal song writing and the through composed. Her songs don’t fit into the typical cookie cutter formulas of today’s radio friendly pop tracks, but they aren’t completely through composed either. Each tune features enough repetition for listeners to grab onto, while at the same time constantly introducing new sections and material throughout, a difficult task for any songwriter to accomplish.
Besides possessing an incredible vocal range and tone, Armitage uses an interesting collection of syllables on songs such as “An Eye to the Sky” to gain the maximum emotional effect out of her performances. Mixing hard syllables, with her favorites beginning with the letter D, and open vocal sounds helps Armitage broaden her vocal effects beyond traditional words and phrases. Though her music shouldn’t draw a direct comparison to a singer like Bjork, it is moments like this that at least raise a temporary connection between the Canadian songstress and the Icelandic composer.
Each song on the album is carefully written and arranged in a manner that reflects Armitage’s identity as an artist, without allowing songs to become strenuous on the listener’s attention span. Moving between keyboards, acoustic piano, guitar, electronic drums and multiple layers of vocals, she is able to make each new track musically and lyrically distinct without losing the personal touch that enables each track to be identified as part of a larger whole.
With all of the layering, electronic work and vocal dynamics soaking the album’s twelve tracks, one of the most surprising and captivating songs is the acoustic piano-vocal duo “Looking Out on the World.” Featuring a harmonic dynamic that weaves between major and minor, with Armitage’s vocal line following as she sings over the major section and speaks over the minor, middle section, the song is a nice sidestep from the more heavily arranged songs on the album. There are even moments on the album, “Peace, Hope, Trust, Love” for example, where she reaches back and draws out a keyboard sound that conjures up memories of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals, showcasing the singers’ wide range of influences.
This lack of discrimination in its use of form, influences or musical textures is one of the reasons why the album is so successful. Too often ambient records become monotonous after a few minutes, but this is not the case with The Legend of the Free. It weaves in and out of many different genres, styles and tonal characters while at the same time staying true to the composer’s musical voice and intent.

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released September 9, 2010

Produced by Carrie Armitage and Anton Evans
Mastered by Bob Katz
Vocals, Pianos, Keyboards - Carrie Armitage
Bass & Drums - Anton Evans
Engineered and Mixed by Anton Evans
This is a Village Works Canada release.

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Canadian Recording Artist. An eclectic, artistic mix of earth inspired environmental folktronica, soulful pop; ambient, eco/peace driven music with a hint of jazz, scat and spoken word.

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Track Name: An Eye To The Sky
An Eye To The Sky

Turn an eye to the sky
Think, Love

An eye to the sky
Bewitched

Turn an eye to the sky…

An eye to the sky
Breathe

An eye to the sky
Behold

An eye to the sky
Soar
Track Name: Progress
40,000 feet and 500 miles an hour
All I can think of is this willow tree
Holding grace by the lake
So tall and wide she stands with pride
Wanting nothing more than to be
I miss the willow tree
Gotta get out of this cage
Get away from the rage
Gonna go see where the birds drop down to make families
What the hell?
Where’d the marsh go?
‘Single family dwellings, Live by the lake’
All we really do is take, take, take!
You call this progress?
We take and take and take - take take take
You call this progress?
We take and take and take and take and take
Wanting nothing more than to be
You call this progress?
We take and take and take - take take take
We can do better than this
Get away from the rage
We can do better than this
Wanting nothing more than to be
Track Name: A Warning Heeded ~ Lights in the Water!
A Warning Heeded ~ Lights in The Water

Climate change is poised to dramatically alter Planet Earth
Our oceans are at a heightened risk with the rise in temperature
Marine species are under increased pressure every year
It’s time for us to act

More graces amongst us
Less fences among us
An end to greed
A warning heeded
A warning heeded

Every square km of the earth’s oceans is affected by human activities
More than 40% of the oceans show medium to very high impact threats

More graces amongst us
Less races among us
Less need for speed
A warning heeded
A warning heeded

Shh…lights in the water!

Some of the worst environmental problems
are caused by destructive fishing practices
Having devastating impacts
on marine species and habitats

More and more people
Compete for less and less fish
Only worsening the existing oceans crisis

Every year, fishing nets kill up to 300,000 whales, porpoises and dolphins globally

Bottom trawling destroys entire ancient deep-sea coral forests
And other delicate eco systems

On Planet Earth there is an urgent need to secure massive marine sanctuaries
These will need to be heavily monitored for illegal fishing practices

A warning heeded
Shhh…lights in the water!
We’re overheated

A warning heeded
Shhh…lights in the water!
We’re overheated
Track Name: Looking Out On The World
Looking Out On The World

Looking out on the world
Thinking about all the ways
We could have done better
And then I’m thinking about yesterday
We really thought we knew the way didn’t we?

Looking out on the world
Thinking about all the places, people living in worry
Gets me wondering what that really means
Thinking about community
And living in each other’s dreams
We’re living in each other’s dreams

Looking out on the world
I take a step back
Lost in the beauty
How come we never thought ‘we’re gonna miss this?’
How come we never thought ‘we’re gonna miss this?’

In the last 500 years,
human activity is known
to have forced
nearly a thousand
species
to extinction

How come we never thought ‘we’re gonna miss this?’
How come we never thought ‘we’re gonna miss this?’

Looking out on the world
Thinking about all the ways we’re gonna get better
No more ravaging the seven seas
No more navigating travesties
You know we had better
You know we had better

Looking out on the world
I take a step back
Lost in the beauty
Lost in the beauty
Track Name: Reciprocal Sensations
Just before you started your day
I wanted to say
With great appreciation
Headed your way

Go softly, untroubled
Create reciprocal sensations
With wonder, discover
This day, with greater fascination

Cherish every moment today
Don’t throw ‘em away
Wander in the wonder
Claim your inspiration

Go softly, untroubled
Create reciprocal sensations
With wonder, discover
This day, with greater fascination

Go softly, untroubled
Create reciprocal sensations
With wonder, discover
This day, with greater fascination

Just before you started your day
I wanted to say
I wish you, Good Day
I wish you, Good Day

Universal
Kindness
Mercy
Tolerance
Affection
Inclination
Appreciation
Adulation

Commonality
Trust
Affinity
Generosity
Unity
Harmony
Felicity
Serenity

An end to greed
An end to indifference
An end to destruction
Safe Keeping
Coexistence
Track Name: This Special Place
This Special Place

I remember when I was a little girl
Looking at the moon
I’d stare for hours and hours on end
The fodder for many a dream
The backdrop to many a scene

The twinkle in the furthest star
Brings me to how small we are
Brings me to This Special Place
Where peace begets the Human Race

I reached toward the midnight sky
For a moment it seemed not so high
Buy fly amongst the stars I could
And suddenly I understood

The twinkle in the furthest star
Brings me to how small we are
Brings me to This Special Place
Where peace begets the Human Race

The twinkle in the furthest star
Brings me to how small we are
Brings me to This Special Place
Where peace begets the Human Race

If I sat upon the moon afar
Not knowing how we really are
I’d imagine this a place of grace
A hospitable watering place

I remember when I was a little girl
Looking at the moon
I’d stare for hours and hours on end
The fodder for many a dream

The twinkle in the furthest star
Brings me to how small we are
Brings me to This Special Place
Where peace begets the Human Race

The backdrop to many a scene

The twinkle in the furthest star
Brings me to how small we are
Brings me to This Special Place
Where peace begets the Human Race
Track Name: Really Big Dream
Really Big Dream

Light of candles, light of Moon,
Penetrate this humble room.
Take this wish that I hold dear,
Make it become crystal clear.

Let this stone my wish hold fast,
Grant it true and make it last.
For good of all and harm to none,
As I will so it be done.

Beyond the bounds of time and sense
Earth, Sky, Sea as One
As it is so, it be done.

I had this really big dream
Of you and me

We woke up one morning
When we looked into the past
We said ‘We can’t keep making the same mistakes!’

Really Big Dream
Of you and me
Really Big Dream

I had this Really Big Dream
I had this Really Big Dream

We can’t keep making the same mistakes

Light of sun and light of moon
Illuminate this humble room
Manifest what I hold dear
Make it become crystal clear

Encompass all this represents
Beyond the bounds of time and sense
Earth, Sky, Sea as One
As it is so, it be done

We can’t keep making the same mistakes

I had this really big dream
As it is so, it be done

Make it become crystal clear
For good of all and harm to none
Earth, Sky, Sea as One
Track Name: Athena
Complying, Decrying
Descended, Defended
Shooting stars light up night sky
And time ticks on
The same old wrong
Shooting stars light up night sky
Looks like more stormy weather

What wisdom, Athena?
What curse has been cast upon this race?
Turn around and face the music
Turn around and face the music
Time for change
Whoever it is should let go of the reins
And turn around and face the music

We stand up
Committed
And say we won’t stand for it
Athena
Turn around and face the music
Track Name: Commonality
Commonality

We all need air
Clean air

Clear the air

We all need dreams
Good dreams
Big dreams

We all need water
Clean water
Cool, crystal clear water,
Magical water

We all have stories
Incredible stories

We all need love

We all need earth
This earth
Beautiful Planet Earth

Commonality
Track Name: The Legend of The Free
It was the story of all stories
Once upon a time, Glory turned to greed
There was a world rich with potential
Drenched with promise and beauty
Magical indeed
It could satisfy your every need, no reason for greed
Yet greed it was that destroyed her
This relentless insatiable need
They could never be pleased
Not for a moment in time
Walked by The Tree of Knowledge
Locked and loaded
Oblivious to peace
Glory turned to greed
[EARTH][FIRE] Air and Water
Ever after
The Beauty and the Beast
The Legend of The Free
And it wasn’t that they didn’t know
They knew that they were free
They found the scattered wisdom seeds
but they were gimme gimme me me me
Until one day there was nothing left for greed
They surrendered the keys to the sea
Set their sights on a far away galaxy
Just for a moment in time
It was just for a moment...