Clinton St. John
Take your mind on a trip to see meteor-shaped hearts fall to earth, carnival side-show Santas and magnificent unidentifiable human and animal hybrid creatures. They’re all dreamed up in the mind of musician and visual artist St. John. On his most recent CD, Storied Hearts and the Three Assimilations, his original 30-page illustrated companion booklet helps listeners piece together the stories behind the songs, so it’s as much fairy-tale as musical experience. Formerly of The Cape May and Pale Air Singers and current co-leader of Hollow Brethren, this creative multi-media workhorse recorded with Steve Albini and toured across Europe and the USA as a member of Nina Nastasia's band before venturing out on his own. His imaginative, beautifully- woven ambient brain ticklers and surreal soundscapes – plus anthemic gritty blues and gospel- influenced tunes – are supported by some of his friends from Calgary's vibrant music scene.