Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Land & Sea - The First Day

Today marked the first day of the release for Land & Sea!

Throughout the entire day glowing feedback was being tweeted @sarahslean on twitter with reviews of the album.  Sarah responded back and RT a number of them.  I wasn't able to locate anything other then sharp praise for both Land & Sea on twitter, facebook and forums.  It's not clear which of the 2 discs is preferred the most at this time, but some have found this their favourite work of hers to date.

Although delays were expected with the iTunes release internationally, fans outside of Canada where able to download the album in their local iTunes or Amazon stores.  Sarah's tweets provided an updates that the digital distributor hit a snag that effected international pricing that was being resolved.  When it came to the deluxe edition, questions remained on its availability and the digital booklet.  What did come appearant as the day went on people where going out and buying in stores and Sarah was added to the international streaming services of Spotify and Rdio.

This morning Sarah did a live interview on breakfast television.  A stream of it was under the video section.

Some highlights from the interview was Sarah confirming that the tour will mostly focus on Land and that in the end it should each the East coast of St. John's.  She described the musicians recording on Sea and playing at her Harbourfront concert as exquisite and in a change, the interviewed put his shoes aside and Sarah kept hers on.

Source: SarahSlean's Twitter Image

The hand made editions of Land & Sea also went into the mail but where first photographed by Sarah and tweeted.  50 album cases where made for both Land & Sea putting the total number at 100 unique covers.  They are similar to how the work was done for the Beauty Lives special edition with the exception of the sides not being labeled.

Lastly, Sarah's website was updated with VIP packages for Nelson, Edmonton and Vancouver.  Most tour dates that are not already on sale will go on sale this Friday.  Some of the shows have pre-sales.

Will keep my eyes and ears out for any media appearances over day 2.  I hope very much that the littleslean readers enjoy their albums of Land & Sea as much as I do.  Thanks for reading and sharing.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Land & Sea - Out Now with iTunes Deluxe Package

Land & Sea has officially been released today. The standard CD comes in a double digi pack with themes representing both "Land" and "Sea." The booklet contains lyrics to all 18 songs and full credits including each member of the 21 piece orchestra. Familiar names from Sarah's band supporting The Baroness that repeat here are Mark Mariash (drums), Chris Banks (bass), Dean Drouilard (guitar) and Royal Wood (guitar/organ/bass).

50 - hand painted editions by Sarah where also sold-out during the pre-order stage that we have yet to see.

No photos additional information is yet available on the vinyl edition, a first for Sarah.

According to Sarah's twitter and facebook the world wide iTunes release is set for early October and will include a digital booklet as did The Baroness when it was released. Other online music retailers like Amazon listed yesterday may have it available for the 27th.

iTunes (Canada) currently has deluxe edition available for sale right now selling instrumental versions of all 9 songs on Sea. It's not clear if those will be available anywhere else or made international at some point.

I will be staying on top of the press to promote the album and will be providing summaries and links.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Listen to Land & Sea! (Audio clips)

Ahead of the album release, streaming MP3s are available in Amazon UK digital music store providing 30 second clips of each track of the double album.

You can listen to it here.

For those that have not pre-ordered autographed copies of Sarah's album through her store, other retailers have the CD listed.  Here are some Canadian shops that should have it on sale on the 27th - 17.99
Indigo -  20.26 (Could be lowered to 14.99 as shown on in store system)
ScreamingCD - 17.99 - 16.24 - 24.99

Some of the stores found internationally seem to be releasing the CD on October 4th.

It is highly likely that there are far great number of stores both on and offline that will have the album available for sale on the 27th in both physical and digital forms.

Friday, September 23, 2011

CBC (Radio Canada) TV Appearance Today

Another interview and preview of the new albums is to be shown today on CBC Radio-Canada TV today according  a tweet from CBC's Kevin Sweet. A follow up tweet indicates that it will be shown on Channel 12 (CBLFT) in Toronto at 6:00pm. The following web stream may work for international viewers trying to catch it live. The FAQ says they stream at 300kbs and archive most content for 14 days at 500kbs.  This post will be updated with an archived link if one is able to be found.

Tweets between Sarah and Kevin thought this month have been very positive.

Explore Music Interview (Video)

Sarah's Interview with Explore Music sheds new light on the album, recording with Joel Plakset and tour plans following these dates in November. When it comes to touring, Sarah has announced most dates for her fall tour for Land & Sea with additional dates being released yesterday. In the interview Sarah mentioned how it will be 'Land' focused and has previously stated it will be a bit more of a rock. US dates and a series of concerts to play 'Sea' seem to be the cross hair for next year. Tickets for the concert in Halifax with Symphony NS are currently on sale as mentioned here on littleslean.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Composer's Edition for Land & Sea

This Tuesday Sarah's new double album will released.  Her store continues to sell some unique pre-orders, one which is a composer's edition.  If you can you play the  violin, viola, cello, or double bass this might be the set for you.

More details on the composer edition was posted on Sarah's facebook page in response to a question for further details.  Here is the response for those that may have missed it.
It will be the full orchestral score of either The Right Words or Napoleon - 5-7 pages long (respectively) - showing the first and second violin, viola, cello, double bass, and vocal parts - with lyrics (no piano). This is what the conductor reads as he is conducting. It has all the dynamics, technical notes, articulations, etc. Both of these (The Right Words and Napoleon) were my scores, so you can see exactly what I composed - down to the very last detail. They will be printed on card stock and professionally taped, accordion style - so that the conductor can open it up and lay it flat on the conductor's podium. They look rather beautiful, in my view.
The composer edition is being sold with a set of lithographs from 2009 and only sold previously at that year's holiday show.  One of the bundles have been sold out but a second set with different images and perhaps representing a different score is still for sale in her store.  The lithographs are available in Sarah's gallery.

If you are getting the companion edition and have inspiration to play it, leave a comment her or on twitter.  Perhaps a fan collaboration can be put together among like minded artists.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Sarah Slean Played New Songs on CBC

Sarah Slean's interview and live performance from earlier this week was aired today on CBC Radio 1.  Half of the 1 hour show was dedicated to Sarah combing interviews and music from the new album.  The 3 news songs played live by Sarah where done solo on a baby grand piano.

Unfortunately it does appear that this show is podcasted or will repeat but I hope some of the littleslean twitter followers got the live tweet reminders.

  • Sarah spoke fondly of her 10 great years with Warner.  
  • The origins of her family piano where revealed as belonging to an aunt who deceased died in her mid 40s.  Sarah wouldn't share the name she had given the piano.
  • She came back to the "woosh" factor just like in in the Harbourfront interview.


  1. Life (Album recording)
  2. Attention Archers (live)
  3. The Day We Saved the World (live)
  4. Your not Alone (live)

Friday, September 09, 2011

FYI - Ticket Sales & Set it Free Video

Just a quick FYI that many of the concerts listed on now have general ticket sales available through the vendor and ticketing outlets.  Sarah's tour page has some info and links to VIP packages for some dates and links to some outlets.

November 1, 2011 - London, ON @ Aeolian Hall
November 3, 2011 - Hamilton, ON @ Studio Theatre
November 4, 2011 - Alliston, ON @ Gibson Centre
November 10, 2011 - Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
November 11, 2011 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
November 15, 2011 - Saskatoon, SK @ Broadway Theatre
November 18, 2011 - Calgary, AB @ University Theatre
November 19, 2011 - Nelson, BC @ The Royal
November 29, 2011 - Ottawa, ON @ NAC - Studio Hall
November 30, 2011 - Ottawa, ON @ NAC - Studio Hall
December 8, 2011 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa

This is a partial listing of the dates are more to be added.  Follow Sarah on Faecbook to know when those dates do come out.

Yesterday that announced the music video for Set it Free.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Sarah Slean in Maclean's (Article)

In the September 12th issue of Maclean's Magazine they have a 3 page feature article on Sarah.Slean by Elio Iannacci.  The cover story is for the late Mr. Jack Layton who's death Sarah had tweeted about.

The article on Sarah touches upon the influences for how the 'Land' side of the albums was inspired by the scores of musicals like The Sounds of Music and Wizard of Oz.

They go into personal struggles that have surfaced as those mentioned in the song Shadowland and with finding her own identity.  In years past she found comparrrisons to Sarah Harmer, Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos where hard to take as she was discovering herself as an individual.

Talking about her relationship with Royal Wood it is pointed out he did produced one of the songs on the Land album, Everybody's on TV.  This will not be the first time Royal has produced work for Sarah as he was a producer for the Beauty Lives EP.

You can read the full article for yourself online and view more stunning photographs by the photographer Jaime Hogge here.

Next media appearance we know of for Sarah is appearing this Saturday on CBC's Big City, Small World.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Sarah Slean on eTalk: Album, Relationship, Interviews (Video)

On August 15th Sarah Slean was on eTalk.  The segment showed tape from the recording of the Sea side of the album.  The entertainment show went into the personal side of things mentioning Sarah's marriage with fellow musician Royal Wood.  Sarah also talks about her plan for touring the album distinctly but those plans seem to have since transformed.  For those who follow littleslean on twitter, you may have noticed a RT for an upcoming concert in Winnipeg.  Will make a new post as further tour details come up.

View the unlisted video below.

A second interview concerning Land & Sea was done with Harbourfront and Sarah Slean.  It can be read over here.

On Day 2 of the Pre-Order some items have sold out like the Limited Edition hand made versions of Land & Sea.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Land & Sea Pre-Orders

Today marks the day for pre-orders for Sarah Slean's new double album among other bundles and discounts.  Ticket and tour information may also be posted today according to the latest mailing list entry.

For the last few weeks Sarah's official YouTube channel has been showing behind the scenes footage of the creation of the Land portion of the album.  The 30 minutes of footage is in the playlist below is a good sample of the Land portion of the album.

Land Track Listing:
  1. Life - First played live July 1st, 2010
  2. The Day We Saved The World - Debuted at last Fall's Canwest Music Festival
  3. Set It Free - Currently available single
  4. Everybody's On TV - Mentioned in this Tweet Dec 16, 2010
  5. Amen - Shown in the first making-of video
  6. I Am A Light
  7. New Pair of Eyes - Sold in a flash sale, making-of video 
  8. Girls Hating Girls - making-of video 
  9. Society Song
Sea Track Listing:
  1. The Cosmic Ballet - Debuted August 6, 2011
  2. Everything By The Gallon (Beauty Lives B-Side)
  3. The Devil & The Dove
  4. Napoleon - Debuted August 6, 2011
  5. Attention Archers - Debuted August 6, 2011
  6. You're Not Alone - Debuted August 6, 2011
  7. The Right Words (First heard on Beauty Lives album, lyrics)
  8. The One True Love
  9. My Eyes & Your Eyes

The only song that appears that we had speculated could have been on the album and is not is My Song to which Sarah had tweeted about early in the recording process.  That song is available on Beauty Lives.

Bundles include a composer's addition.  If you do create your own covers of Sarah, I would be happy to highlight them here on littleslean.

The hand made covers I can imagine might be similar the 100 hand painted Beauty Lives.  The full gallery of the artwork for those covers are on Sarah's site.

Visit Sarah's store to purchase pre-orders.