Liberty Awaits

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Liberty Awaits

Liberty Awaits is the 2nd Studio album by The Trouble Notes.

The album is an exploration of world folk styles and an attempt to further investigate the complex nuances of the rich cultural fabric of our world.

As a central theme, the band drew influence from different stories of cross-cultural integration due to the current and historical migration of people across land and sea.

 Liberty Awaits is a vast expansion of their repertoire, an introduction of new instruments and melodic voices on top of a stable foundation for which the group has become internationally known over nearly a decade….

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Faye Hatcher, BBC Radio

“The Troublenotes are like nothing I’ve ever seen before. Their musical influences take you on a journey around the world. You can’t help clap very loudly, tap your feet or spontaneously jig along to their music! An absolute must-see!!”

Natalie Patrick – EARMILK

This highly anticipated album is a transcendent exploration and fusion of various folk styles, showcasing the rich tapestry of our diverse world.

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….These songs are rich in emotion and spirit, they have a mature depth to them juxtaposed by their playful nature. Liberty Awaits as whole features a deep repertoire that can be characterized as folk fusion. 

Each composition on the album tells a specific story about a character or place that connects different cultures. In addition to the core of the band, the album features tracks with prodigious Ecuadorian singer Carola Zerega, French pianist Freddy Dubois, and Belgian bassist Olivier van Betsbrugge.

01 – Liberty Awaits

Darkness, channeled fear, and daring to hope — these must be essentially part of anyone’e experience who leaves their home for a safer place.  “Liberty Awaits,” the 6 minute musical lyrical fable, is a meditation on that concept.  it’s done with a folk noir style with intense violin, appropriately driving rhythms, suspenseful guitar, and Carola Zerega’s truly haunting vocals. Far more than a catchy little ditty, this song is a vignette and the movie draws this out even more.  What kind of courage does it take to cross hundreds of miles in hopes of a better life? – Americana Highways Magazine

02 – Never Dream Alone

The track has a powerful vibe that uplifts you, and the cadence just grows with each passing transition. It’s a lovely number that begins alongside a soft violin and piano passage and progresses into a beat-heavy section. From then on, a Renaissance-inspired verse plays out. Epic fantasy-style vocals enter, with guitars tied in, and a stellar violinist accompanies the singers. Speaking of which, one of the essential highlights is the violin portions of the track, it had an elegant tone and was the drive behind Never Dream Alone’s medieval aura. – Illustrate Magazine

03 – Magnolias

Magnolias was written for a women’s art collective in Kortrijk, Belgium, with whom the band collaborated with throughout their residency there.

04 – Pearl d’Alsace

Pearl d’Alsace is a dedication to the city of Strasbourg and its importance to the band.

05 – Mayahuel

Mayahuel, tells the story of a Mexican goddess who traveled across the sea with her Agave plant to Belgium to fuse with the local brewing traditions. 

06 – Sands of Time

Sands of Time details a trans-cultural travel from the Middle East to an Amazonian oasis.

07 – Turkish Delight

The band has taken their sound to the next level with “Turkish Delight”, which is an impressive and fun track that takes you on a journey around the world. The track’s success is attributed to the trio’s perfect execution, both in terms of the music and the message they’re trying to convey. The Trouble Notes have once again proved that they are a force to be reckoned with in the world music scene.

“Turkish Delight” is a testament to The Trouble Notes’ creative genius, and the track is a must-listen for anyone who enjoys fusion music and assured instrumental performances. The trio has delivered a phenomenal track that showcases their talent and musical versatility. The Trouble Notes have captured the essence of their universe in this track, leaving listeners craving more. If “Turkish Delight” is any indication of what’s to come from The Trouble Notes, then we can expect an even greater musical adventure from the trio in the future. – Plastic Magazine 

08 – Chips y Salsa

Chips y Salsa is a mixture of Latin salsa and European folk music that keeps the listener’s hands clapping and feet moving throughout the entire song.

09 – Forbidden Love

Forbidden Love tells the dramatic story of two characters from different cultures who fall in love, ending in a blissful climactic resolution.

10 – Tihany Tanc

Tihany Tanc pays homage to the great Hungarian czardas composers who inspired Bennet’s love for folk music.

11 – The Banjolorian

The Banjolorian was written during our extensive travels in the Louisiana Bayou, and fuses popular Hip-Hop beats with Americana Folk instrumentation.

Liberty Awaits

The Trouble Notes feat. Carola Zerega
(Official Music Video)

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