Megan Jerome’s fifth record is called Together Ensemble, and it’s as imaginative and emotional as her music has always been — but the new recordings radiate with a fuller, more textured sound. Jerome developed that sound alongside the album’s namesake, The Together Ensemble — a band she put together with a few of the city’s best players: Don Cummings on organ, Fred Guignon on guitar, and Mike Essoudry (Megan’s husband) on drums. The album spans a range of styles and moods, but Megan and the band never sound out of their element — on the contrary, Together Ensemble is a fitting title for music that feels so comfortable and effortless.
– Jessica Runciman, CBC Ottawa
–Interview with Alan Neal
Ottawa’s Megan Jerome has a special flair for smart, sassy, folk- and roots-inspired songwriting and her music’s blossoming on her new album Together Ensemble…earthy grooving and swirling atmosphere back up Jerome’s earnest, affecting voice and vintage Wurlitzer electric piano.
– Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen
Listening to Ottawa’s own Megan Jerome, it’s clear that this is an artist carving her own path, drawing from a broad palette of influences while bravely averting imitation. Her delivery is much like her lyrics, disarmingly honest and inevitably charming and her joy in performing is infectious. It’ll be a treat to hear Jerome’s songs in a new light with a band featuring some of the city’s best musicians…who, as their bio says, “envelop each song like a glowing, malleable cloud.” It actually sounds like that.
– Chrissy Steinbock, Apt613 and Couch Assassin to read the full piece.
Megan’s definitely a talented electric piano player with a dreamy voice.
– Adria May, Apt 613, Full story
CKCU interviews with Janis Lockwood, Birdie Whyte and Bob LeDrew
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