Americana Chanteuse MAUREEN TOTH Issues Illuminating CUT FLOWERS Collection on Feb 19

7-Track Collection Co-Produced by Jim McGorman (Michelle Branch, Kate Voegele, Avril Lavigne) and Carlos Calvo (David Duchovny, Adam Levine, Rob Morrow). Thematic Introspection of Human Condition Incl. Sultry Take on Blondie’s “Call Me"
 
 
Maureen Toth Cut Flowers
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LOS ANGELES - Feb. 27, 2016 - PRLog -- Illuminating and mesmerizing is the new collection of songs by Los Angeles singer-songwriter Maureen Toth. Issuing February 19, Cut Flowers is a profoundly moving journey that richly examines the subtleties of the human condition and state of the world, including loyalty, determination, idealism and force of spirit.

Co-produced by guitarist Jim McGorman, (Avril Lavigne, Michelle Branch, Kate Voegele) and Carlos Calvo (David Duchovny, Adam Levine), Cut Flowers is a collection that expresses Toth’s modern vision, which is colored with similarities for the soul-baring songwriting of Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie, and the powerful truth-seeking of Patty Griffin, Ani Difranco and Bob Dylan. Over the course of two years, a myriad of collaborative sessions produced a transformative compilation, with deeply satisfying songs exploring the internal landscape and touching on tough subjects that challenge the human condition.

Each producer brought their respective strengths to her work. McGorman added a meticulous indie pop sensibility to the lush landscapes of “Apocalypse," "Running While Standing Still,” “Little Girl,” and “Soldier,” while Calvo, who regularly plays guitar in her band, infused layers of ethereal exposition to the protestations of “Pottstown” and “Killing Time."

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The first song “Soldier,” which was released as a stand-alone single in 2014, was inspired by the profoundly moving life story of peace activist S. Brian Willson, a war-torn Vietnam veteran who transformed into a Veterans for Peace spokesman and peace activist. To emulate the theme of redemption by activism, the companion music video uses hauntingly expressive images of children playing with plastic G.I.’s. Conceived and directed by Grammy-nominated Director Nathan Hope, whose credits include CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Tomorrow People, Gotham, and Lucifer, “Soldier” is a powerful reflection of the patterns of war in the modern world.

Then McGorman and Toth deconstructed the Blondie classic “Call Me,” stripping out the blunt disco-punk, and turning it in to a nuanced and intimate anthem.

Enchanting is the inherent quality in Toth's forthright material that draws comparisons to Jenny Lewis, Shelby Lynne and Lucinda Williams, while her vocals call to mind a more delicate mood akin to that of Beth Orton, Suzanne Vega and Beth Gibbons of Portishead.

Born and raised in Huntington Station, New York, Toth attended Boston University where she studied voice. After getting her degree she attended theatre school in Manhattan and then relocated to the Bay Area, where she continued to pursue her musical interests before transplanting to Los Angeles in 2000. Once in L.A., she stepped into the vibrant singer-songwriter scene and met Bernie Larsen, a renowned touring guitarist for Lucinda Williams, Melissa Etheridge, Rickie Lee Jones, Jackson Browne and a member of David Lindley's El Rayo-X. The two began collaborating and in 2004, Larsen’s Spinout Records released Maureen’s debut album Deven Kay, written and performed with fellow musician and friend, Lora Altounian.

The collaboration with Larsen continued on the 2010 follow-up, Shine, a ten-song master work of nuanced Americana and lyric driven melodies. Review Fix compared Toth’s songs to "charming coffee house concoctions, warm and full of spice” akin to Sara Bareilles, while Yahoo! Voices applauded the "beautiful storytelling” that "whisks you away like an instant getaway". Larsen and Toth often performed together as well with Maureen contributing background vocals for Larsen’s solo work and his reggae band Cry On Cue.

Aside from her songwriter’s endeavors, Toth owns and runs Eastern Talent, a successful talent agency in downtown L.A. that reps Editors, Cinematographers, Production Designers, and Costume Designers. Her clients' work includes feature films and narrative television projects like Nebraska, 22 Jump Street, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and True Detective.

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