With 2009√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s Broken Hearted Beat, audiences were introduced to a
golden-voiced young performer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist
with a mosaic-like approach to writing music named Tim Chaisson. The
album √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú Chaisson√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s fourth, but first to hit the national landscape √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú
borrowed from a wide range of influences and featured healthy
amounts of rock, pop, and country at its core; however, with his
newest album, The Other Side, the pride of PEI is quite literally going
back to his roots.
A humble and soft-spoken musician, Chaisson began performing
publically during primary school in a family Celtic ensemble before
embracing his inner songwriter as a teenager and self-releasing four
albums. The latest of those was Broken Hearted Beat, which had a lot
of attentive ears turning eastward.
Since its release, Chaisson has been added to the roster of
Bumstead Productions, ventured across Australia on two successful
solo tours, hit #1 on the MuchMoreMusic Countdown, and performed
to ever-expanding audiences across Canada from club and festival
stages alike. He√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s also amassed his share of awards and accolades,
including COCA Emerging Artist of the Year and Music PEI Touring
Artist of the Year in 2012, on top of being chosen as Musical Director
for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s highly-publicized Royal Visit
to PEI in 2011.
The Other Side, recorded at Woodshed Studio with producer
Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings), offers a
stripped-down and intimate taste of Chaisson√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s honest and heartfelt
writing. The album takes on a tinge of Maritime roots and folk,
incorporating an array of acoustic instruments and a warm,
transparent production style. The arrangements are lush but subdued,
keeping Chaisson√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s vocals and guitar at the heart of the 11 tracks.
√¢‚Ç¨≈ìHaving all of these talented musicians in the same room and
letting the tape roll was pretty magical,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù Chaisson says. √¢‚Ç¨≈ìThis record is
a result of us capturing the raw energy that is very hard to describe.√¢‚Ç¨¬ù
Songs like √¢‚Ç¨≈ìBail You Out√¢‚Ç¨¬ù feature an upbeat, vibrant energy
rooted in rock and full of memorable vocal melodies while others like
√¢‚Ç¨≈ìTil The Sun Comes Up,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù featuring Chaisson on the fiddle, carry an
influence of classic country. √¢‚Ç¨≈ìThe Healing√¢‚Ç¨¬ù showcases the artist in
perhaps his purest form √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú a stripped acoustic number with delicate
vocals ranging from lower-register whispers to sultry falsettos, his
signature silky-smooth delivery paving the way. The culmination of
what Chaisson offers is heard in the album√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s lead single, √¢‚Ç¨≈ìBeat This
Heart,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù a duet with critically-heralded songstress Serena Ryder
featuring simple-but-stunning vocal harmonies atop hints of pop, folk,
country, and everything else this impressive young songwriter has to
Lyrically, The Other Side explores Chaisson√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s expanding breadth
of life experience, both from an intimate and personal perspective
through to a more universal take on subjects including love and loss,
friendship and loneliness, isolation and fulfillment. √¢‚Ç¨≈ìThese lyrics are
very close to me,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù he notes, and that√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s more than apparent in his
delivery throughout the album.
An extremely gifted performer, Chaisson has always shone
brightest from the stage. Fortunately for music fans, he√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢ll be touring
extensively in support of his latest well into 2013, including another
trek to Australia. And regardless of whether he√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s joined onstage by a
full band or simply his guitar, mandolin, and fiddle, Chaisson makes
his craft look absolutely effortless √¢‚Ç¨‚Äú the mark of a true artist.
Tim Chaisson√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s profile has already expanded well beyond the
Maritimes and into new international markets thanks to the Cinderellalike
success of Broken Hearted Beat and a steady streak of touring.
Now, with The Other Side, Chaisson is poised to reach a new plateau
in his burgeoning career and it won√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢t be long before one of the
country√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s most promising young talents is far more than Atlantic
Canada√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s best-kept secret.