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The World Is My Country

by Gypsy Soul

Americana/ pop. From Sheryl Crow-meets-Tom Petty rock of “Always Been You” to the moody, intense, cinematic emo rock of “Love’s the Only Thing” and slinky, bass and drums R&B feel of “I’m Calling In, the album address the ups and downs of relationships
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1. Always Been You
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2. Love's the Only Thing
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3. Angel from Mongomery
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4. Soul of a Girl
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5. Where Did We Go Wrong
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6. I'm Calling In
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7. One More Day (Acoustic)
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8. My Heart (Inst)
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9. You (Live)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Their music stirs the soul and moves the spirit." Monica Rizzo, PEOPLE MAGAZINE

"Four Stars" ALL MUSIC GUIDE

"...one of the most brilliantly instrumented and vocally adept bands alive... totally unique and captivating." OC WEEKLY

"...a beautiful impassioned new album, "The World Is My Country". Paul Freeman, MERCURY NEWS


GYPSY SOUL
 
“Let’s go out on a limb/Throw caution to the wind/Shed some skin,” from “I’m Calling In.”
 
Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit first met in Edinburgh, Scotland, some 22 years ago, “and it was musical lust at first sight,” she recalls. Vancouver, BC native Cilette, of Irish and South African descent, had been in Paris, singing in French jazz bands, while British-born Roman, with roots in the Ukraine and Italy, arrived from London, where his rock band, Raising Cane had just been dropped by a major label.

After a few months of writing and recording, the pair's professional relationship became romantic and soon the two were married and Gypsy Soul was born. Ten albums and half a million miles later, the two have forged a musical career that has taken them all over the world, building up a loyal audience that has enabled them to sell 1.5 million downloads internationally and 120,000 CDs in the U.S. alone.  They've had their songs licensed in numerous TV shows including: Providence, Roswell, Felicity and others, airing globally. Their music has also been featured in the movies, After Sex and Quick Sand.
 
Anchored by lyricist Swann’s crystal-clear and expressive vocals and composer/arranger Morykit’s multi-instrumental musical ability, with a sound that ranges from full-on Americana heartland rock to country, blues, R&B, world beat and New Age, Gypsy Soul have graduated from playing arts and wine festivals throughout the western states to headlining the prestigious 2,200-seat Britt Festival in their current home of Jacksonville in beautiful southern Oregon. They have had a Top 40 hit at AC radio in “Silent Tears,” scored a Top 10 on the International New Age and Folk charts and have won numerous independent music awards along the way, including honors at the Lilith Fair, Independent Music Awards and Just Plain Folks.
 
From the start, Cilette and Roman have done things their way, gathering a devoted fan base with their personal approach and compelling story, which continues on Gypsy Soul’s tenth album, the aptly titled The World Is My Country, for their own indie Off the Beaten Track Recordings label.  The name of the album comes from the famous quote by American revolutionary Thomas Paine: “The world is my country, all mankind are my brethren and to do good is my religion.”
 
The new album represents both a personal and musical rebirth, coming after a trial separation that found the couple living down the road from one another, while continuing to perform together as best friends. New songs like the heartland rocker “Always Been You” and the acoustic ballad “Where Did We Go Wrong” address the ups and downs of a relationship that is now renewed and more vital than ever, a musical couples therapy.

Produced and recorded in their home studio on Pro Tools Digi002, The World Is My Country offers a wide range of styles, from the somber cello which marks the moody, intense, cinematic emo-rock of “Love’s the Only Thing” to the slinky, bass and drums R&B feel of “I’m Calling In,” with its shimmering pop chorus, a tale of a soul-searching journey through darkness only to discover the answers were within the whole time.

The live acoustic “One,” about “courage and self-empowerment,” was inspired by the 13-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai who was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for supporting girls education, while the country ballad “One More Day,” written after 9/11, is a reminder of life’s fragility and the urge to experience it to the fullest.  Roman shows off his virtuosity on the jazzy, cinematic “My Heart” and the dreamy, trance-like “Firedance,” while Cilette’s stunning cover of John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” was inspired by Meryl Streep’s character in the movie, The Bridges of Madison County, and her difficult life decisions. 
After nearly 15 years, Gypsy Soul has had some brushes with the mainstream record industry, which has taught them to satisfy themselves first, rather than any commercial expectations. Like The Civil Wars or Swell Season, of the movie Once fame, Gypsy Soul is a duo with an intimacy that comes through clearly, attracting listeners via a DIY back story every bit as compelling. It’s a message Gypsy Soul continues to spread, pure of heart, everywhere they go.


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Rick Bosshardt

AWESOME ALBUM!
I have been following Gypsy Soul since their first albums, and this latest Album hilights all the growth and development they have accomplished over the years! This album is a MUST HAVE and an incredible joy to listen to......!

Jeannie

Finally some quality song writing / singing / playing
It hasn't truly been since the 60's and 70's that we've truly had TALENTED songwriters ( if you're under 40 you can stop reading now, 'cause you likely won't even get it ) .... unfortunately we've been forced to listen to the "bubble gum pop/rock/RAP( which I don't even consider most to be 'music ') nonetheless, it's marketing crap that's just put out there to ' make money' for the record companies. Gypsy Soul will take you back to the day where TRUE singer /songwriters existed and shared their craft as a true gift to all of us - You have no idea what you're missing, until you go and see them live - you will be blown away, inspired, and rejuvenated !!!!!

Lucid Songcatcher

Great new tunes from one of the finest bands around!
This 2012 release proves once again that Cilette and Roman can write as well as they produce and perform their own and others' songs. Check out: Always Been You, Love's the Only Thing, Where Did We Go Wrong, and of course their cover of Angel from Montgomery is right up there with the best versions.

Ann Trout

Beautiful Music from Beautiful People
I have been a fan of Gypsy Soul since their early years, when I was fortunate to see them in Tacoma, Washington. On this new CD, Cilette and Roman sound just as beautiful as they have ever been. Not only is Cilette's voice breathtakingly beautiful, as usual, and Roman's guitar skills as mesmerizing as ever, but this particular CD really shows off their sound and lyrics and takes us on a journey of their souls. I'm blown away again!!

Jeanette Carroll

Awesome Album!
This is an amazing album! I love love love every song on it. I had the privelage of meeting Roman and Cillette and they are beautiful, kind, talented people. I recommend this album to everyone.

Jan van Lienden

Fabulous!
Gypsy Soul is a rich classy sound. Love this new album.

Tish McFadden

Universal!
I LOVE this album. I listen to it top to bottom during my workouts. Universal lyrics and stunning musicianship. Thank you Gypsy Soul.

Tish McFadden

Universal!
I LOVE this album. I listen to it top to bottom during my workouts. Universal lyrics and stunning musicianship. Thank you Gypsy Soul.

Michelle Fairchild

Awesome! New favorite album!
I am simply waiting for the day that Gypsy Soul wins a well deserved Grammy! Seriously, they have it all, the voices, the musical talent, and the amazing lyrics! I have seen them perform live and they sound incredibly in concert. Hurry and buy this album today! Your ears will thank you, along with your heart, which will be touched by the lyrics.

Stasia Bliss

These two ROCK!
I love Cilette and Roman and this CD is NO exception!!! If you want to hear amazing, soulful music that makes you LOVE your life even more...go no further. . . except to buy MORE of their albums. These two are true artists...I appreciate and love everything they do. They are genuine, heartfelt and music is definitely their life love. Thank you to the both of them for touching me so with their music and their kindness. I love this stuff!!! Keep it up!