Album: Roses on the Vine
Release Date: November 16, 2018
Roses on the Vine is Winnipeg based Christine Fellows’ 7th full-length solo album and first vinyl release.
The album uses many unique and delicate instruments including but not limited to: ukulele, spinet, celeste, toy synthesizers, water gongs, geese, hospital intercoms, spinning coins and ravelling strings.
United by Christine’s light and airy voice, the result of this veritable toy box of instruments give the overall fragile tone of the album a great variety of moods; from the charmingly happy track “Cocoon”, which seems intended to bring a smile to your face with its bouncing tune, to the mysterious track “Spell to Bring Lost Creatures Home”, which uses an eastern European rhythm and theremin to invoke its dark shadows.
Furthermore, the track “Unleashed” could be used to get your friends onto the dance floor with its fast pace rhythm, while the foreboding electronic heartbeat of the track “Passage’’ would be useful to aid in the melancholic reflection of ghosts past.
Overall, the album demonstrates Christine’s skill and variety, while still maintaining her unique voice. From dark to light tones, the album evokes the image of a delicate insect, fluttering its gossamer wings to communicate its dynamic mood to you.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.