'Sno Angel Like You + 'Sno Angel Winging It'
Giant Sand leader Howe Gelb teams with gospel choir Voices of Praise on this delicately sparse album.
Double LP gate-fold, contains ‘Sno Angel Like you, and the live album ‘Sno Angel Winging it.
“Sno Angel Like You is a delight. The lyrics are rich with evacuative imagery.” NPR – John Brady
“A labour of love with endless rewards.” Pitchfork
“Howlin’ A Gale may be the song of Gelb’s career.” Guardian
Starting with Guy Garvey’s Meltdown at Southbank Center London, Howe Gelb presents and further explores his piano efforts, hitting Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester with special guest Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards, Larmer Tree Festival and Bristol’s Americana Festival, SummerTyne Festival Sage Gateshead and A Coruna (Spain).
The piano songs, also anticipated within the latest Giant Sand farewell tour and their selected shows during the upcoming festival season, are finding an always clearer shape as “future standards” but actually have always been a central element in Howe Gelb’s creativity, whose entire, massive, catalogue is available via Fire Records, including the Little Sand Boxset and the Giant Sand “Sun Set” Box Sets.
Howe Gelb’s solo touring also points towards Fire Records 10th Anniversary deluxe reissue of the highly acclaimed “Sno Angel like You”, due in September, as 3CD ‘Bookback’/ Double Gatefold LP, featuring ‘Sno Angel Winging It’ live at Reading Town Hall from 2006.
Clocking up a decade since its initial release ‘Sno Angel Like You’ will be reissued this September celebrating its ten year anniversary.
Collaborating with Canadian Gospel Choir, Voice Of Praises following a performance at 2003’s Ottawa Bluesfest where Howe was billed alongside gospel choirs. Howe experienced his own awakening of sorts and found himself discussing with the church director the possibility of recording together.
A similar run of events ensued at the same festival and Howe would go on to meet folk singer Susan Odle. Recruiting along the way, Jim Bryson’s keyboard player and recording engineer Dave Draves was soon on board and would go on to record the album. Once in the studio, Howe met drummer Jeremy Gara (pre-Arcade Fire) and together they laid down the initial recordings of the album on guitar and drums using similar recording techniques to older Giant Sand.
Recording seven new songs with the choir arranging vocals, they also covered three Giant Sand songs and three Rainer Ptacek tracks. The uplifting and soulful popular tenth solo record sees “the occasionally unassuming, semi-mumble of Gelb’s voice contrast marvellously with the trained, primed-for-transcendence-quality singing of Voices of Praise.” (Tiny Mix Tapes).