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"Widely regarded as the best traditional American ballad singer of his generation"

Kit Bailey, BBC Radio

Tim Eriksen came to the attention of folk on these shores when Cordelia's Dad burst onto the scene a few years ago. Widely regarded as the best traditional American ballad singer of his generation, Tim has taken a break from his front man duties with the band to create this stark, powerful debut solo album. His immediately distinctive voice and choice of material make him stand out from the crowd, but his undeniably Carthy-influenced guitar accompaniment is also a delight.

"Eriksen connects the present and the ancient with an immediacy that will make your bones tremble"

Pulse of the Twin Cities

A founding member of Cordelia's Dad and Zabe i Babe, an ethnomusicologist  who's done extensive research in Bosnia, and a visiting professor of American music at Dartmouth College, Eriksen's credentials are impeccable, though only  the tip of his musical iceberg.

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"The only performer to have shared a stage with both Kurt Cobain and Doc Watson"

Mercury

Tim Eriksen claims to be interested in connections, but I suspect he is the coupling point of the myriad influences and styles that seem to swirl about in his head. I imagine a great agitator in place of his cerebral cortex churning the bits and pieces he collects along the way into a long continuous stream of consciousness that is propelled by his arresting tenor out into the cosmos.

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The Answer, My Friend, Is . . . Mono?

New York Sunday Times by William Hogeland

Signs of an aboveground resurgence for Protestant hymnody include "Every Sound Below" (Appleseed), a recent CD by the musician and musicologist Tim Eriksen, featuring his compelling, nasally Appalachian singing, often of 19th-century Protestant hymns. On "John Colby's Hymn" (1810), Mr. Eriksen breaks - perfectly appropriately - into droning central-Asian overtone singing.

A Joyful Noise

Los Angeles Times by Nancy Henderson Wurst

Enraptured by some unseen force, Tim Eriksen lifts his palms skyward, assumes a stance in the small recording studio and carefully sounds out a stanza of fa, so, la and mi "shape-notes" before launching into the tormented lyrics of "Idumea":

And am I born to die
To lay this body down!
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown?

Throughout the session, the strong-voiced tenor gazes heavenward. Softly at first, then loud and soulful, each verse of the 18th century a cappella hymn rises to a crescendo before tapering off to a tender ending.

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"At once sweepingly epic and as intimate as a lover's whisper"

Boston Globe by Scott Alarik

Eriksen is among the most influential figures in the neo-primitivist movement that is rejuvenating American traditional music. Best known for his haunting music for the film "Cold Mountain," he helped ignite the string band revival with his darkly quirky Western Mass. group Cordelia's Dad, and focused fresh attention on 19th-century shape note singing with Northampton Harmony. A former punk-rocker, his musicianship is confidently state-of-the-art, but his intent is never to modernize or gussy up the old music. Instead, he uses savvy arrangement and recording techniques to focus modern ears on what is most raw, earthy, and above all, human in ancient ballads and fiddle  tunes. On his latest CD, "Every Sound Below," recorded solo around a single microphone, the sound is wild, beautiful, and full of unexpected moments; at once sweepingly epic and as intimate as a lover's whisper.

Give Me That Old-Time Singing

Time Magazine by David Van Biema

In the early 1990s, punk rockers, says singer Tim Eriksen, "were looking for that kind of intensity in other music." Eriksen's band, Cordelia's Dad, and other postpunks seized Sacred Harp and exported it to trendsetting places from Northampton, Mass., to Portland, Ore. [...]

T-Bone Burnett, who shaped the sound of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," did the same on Anthony Minghella Civil War film "Cold Mountain." Minghella hired Eriksen to sing a non-Harp song but was lured to Harp mecca Henagar, Ala. One result, "Idumea," plays hauntingly over a battle scene - and won a new batch of fans. "I went in because of Jude Law but left with Sacred Harp," says New Yorker Anna Hendrick, 22.

"This is outstanding, powerful, exhilarating, controlled singing in anybody’s book."

fRoots, UK, by Vic Smith

This is outstanding, powerful, exhilarating, controlled singing in anybody’s book. Here is a man with an enormously wide involvement with music that ranges from teaching ethnomusicology at universities in eastern Europe as well as in the USA, through a deep knowledge of subjects as diverse as shape note singing and the traditional song of the Balkans, to playing with Cordelia’s Dad as well as top punk outfits. It can be seen that Eriksen’s music is never meant to be easy listening yet the majesty and control when he sings the likes of “A Soldier Travelling from the North” makes for exhilarating listening.

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"Eriksen is pitch-perfect, working those blue notes with a sorcerer’s subtlety"

Lucid Culture

This is definitely not folk music for the faint of heart, but it’s heaven for fans of gothic Americana. Tim Eriksen is one of the world’s more fearless performers: long admired as a singer, steeped in Americana and particularly the eerie northern New England tradition, the multi-instrumentalist is no stranger to singing a-cappella. What’s most impressive is how this album was made: Eriksen sang all fourteen songs solo with neither band nor instrumentation, in a single take, in a tower along the wall of the Benedictine Abbey in Jaroslaw, Poland.

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"A distinctive, unvarnished voice"

Washington Post

A musical magpie, Eriksen picks up the Civil War theme on his second CD, Every Sound Below, with back-to-back renditions of "The Southern Girl's Reply" and "The Cumberland and the Merrimac." Like every track on this soulful collection of mostly traditional tunes, the performances are sparsely arranged. Eriksen recorded the album alone, playing guitar, fiddle and banjo. He's a storyteller at heart, with a distinctive, unvarnished voice, so it isn't surprising that the narrative ballads, including banjo-driven "Omie Wise" and "John Colby's Hymn," leave the deepest impressions.

"Eriksen's voice sounds hewn from oak"

Uncut, UK

Utterly singular is "Every Sound Below"..., the latest from ex-Cordelia's Dad frontman Tim Eriksen, fresh from the "Cold Mountain" soundtrack. A wonderful collection of old-time folk obscurities - from Civil War songs to southern shape-note hymns - Eriksen's voice sounds hewn from oak.

Local Musician Helps Hollywood Get into Shape

Pioneer Press by Jim Walsh

Ralph Stanley, Emmylou Harris and Nancy and Norman Blake are singing tonight in a hockey arena in St Paul. Thousands of people have paid as much as $75 to hear them and the rest of the "Down From the Mountain" folks play bluegrass and old-time country music. Earlier this year, the album that sparked the tour, the sound-track to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" won the Grammy for record of the year.

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"In his solo work and with his rarely-sighted band Cordelia's Dad he has approached traditional-styled singing with a savage relish that demands total submission by the listener"

Stirrings, UK

Say what you like about Tim Eriksen, you can't deny he's the sexiest bald man in folk. Joe Broughton, John McCusker – eat your hearts out, boys! The shaved dome, of course, is a sign that he's not a man who is satisfied with a job half done. In his solo work and with his rarely-sighted band Cordelia's Dad he has approached traditional-styled singing with a savage relish that demands total submission by the listener – or total rejection. He's not a "mm, quite like him..." sort of a guy.

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