Erin Costelo (from the album Down Below, the Status Quo available on Compass Records)
Transposing the terms of Soul Music, on her recent release, Down Below the Status Quo, Erin Costelo sings the music of her soul. Emotion immersed in her words, the feelings as deep as the tone in her voice, the resonance in equal measure for both the notes and her understanding of the human condition. On Down Below, the Status Quo the rhythm is confident as Erin Costelo confronts the future plans of “Fighter” and confesses “Worry Don’t Weigh Me Down”, her conviction solid, backed by a steady beat. Down Below, the Status Quo offers a how-to guide for citizens of the world, listing the ways of humanity and making a request to turn it up in “Turn It On”.
A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Erin Costelo stayed local for the players backing her songs in Down Below, the Status Quo, recording the album at Joel Plaskett’s New Scotland Yard studio. For the songs, Erin carried words and music into the recording session, working and reworking the cuts with different arrangements, staying true to the process for a year before making a final decision about the track listing. Musically, the album blends the styles it references more than make a definitive choice to soundtrack its songs with the Jazz, Blues, and Soul sounds that complement the stories. Down Below, the Status Quo draws “The Line” with piano rambles in its opening, the melody march rising up to grab a hold of weaving guitar riffs for its exit. Erin Costelo puts a morning-sunshine bounce into the day, sharing her thoughts in “Wake Up”, dreaming on lightly touched strings and keys in “Quiet the Bombs” and fingersnaps as her body tingles with desire on the rhythmic pop of “Move” while Down Below, the Status Quo turns a song into a prayer with “Titanic”.
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