Norine Braun – “Sleeping Buffalo”


Through Train Windows is a forthcoming album from Canadian singer/songwriter Norine Braun, releasing on December 7th. The release was inspired by Braun’s recent travels on tour with partner Alice Fraser, “travelling over 6000 kilometres from Vancouver to Toronto, Ottawa, Quebec City, Montreal and Halifax.” From the Rocky Mountains to endless praries, Braun took in beautiful sights — taking in serene forests and oceans, among a multitude of memorable panoramas. The experience provided inspiration for Through Train Windows, echoed in opening track “Sleeping Buffalo.”

Specifically, the track is an ode to Sleeping Buffalo Mountain, located in the Bow River Valley of Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada — and also the mountain her studio faces. With the mountain entrenched in Braun’s vision during her creative moments, it’s no surprise that this track resonates with a warm and longing appeal, the serene and contemplative vocals meshing with harmonica and guitars for a riveting feel.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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