In February 2011, the Finnish-American songwriter Thomas Kivi released his debut album, CRYING CHILD. 89.3 The Current, Radio K, City Pages, and the Pioneer Press took note of the young troubadour's genre-bending style of Americana. The album had national reach when Country Music Television called "Bridalveil Falls" "the saddest song I've heard this year and quite possibly the prettiest."
In December of that same year, Kivi's four-piece band—The Immigrants—and debut CRYING CHILD producer J. Park moseyed into an anonymous West Bank, Minneapolis studio and recorded all six full-band songs on the EP live, in under three hours. Original takes from drummer Dan Demuth (Communist Daughter) and bassist Al Vorse anchor a range of lyrical songs that swell, fall, and build again. Complemented by the twinkly twang of Sarah Pray's mandolin and her spot-on harmonies, THOMAS KIVI & THE IMMIGRANTS is rhythmic, invigorating roots-rock that plays along the borderlines of Wilco, Nirvana's MTV Unplugged, and the sweeter songs of Tom Waits.
released 01 January 2013
Thomas Kivi—vocals, guitar, tambourine
Sarah Pray—vocals, mandolin, saxophone
Dan Demuth—drums, percussion
Al Vorse—upright bass, electric bass
John Peters—electric guitar
Engineered by Joe Hinz and J. Park. Mixed posthumously by J. Park. Post-production, mixing, and guitar by John Peters (producer/engineer of Fire in the Northern Firs EP).
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