“This is Roots-based Americana that actually deserves to be made."
—The Village Voice
“Montreal's greatest country songwriter today."--Pop Montreal
"★★★★½ A crowning achievement in an already glowing discography… Simply put, this is great.”--Nightlife Magazine
“★★★★ Li'l Andy's new full-length album, While the Engines Burn, pulls off a rare feat by fusing 1930s Ole Opry country with traditional folk and by giving it a contemporary sound and feel in the process. This time around, the Montreal-based singer (yes, you read that right) may well have revived and reinvented quintessential Canadiana.--Exclaim!
"...magnifique et poignant… Histoires de departs, d’imbuvable solitude, évocation de terribles événements, on voyage et on voit. On vit, quoi. --Le Devoir
“Le temps s’arrête littéralement à l’écoute de While the Engines Burn. Dès les premières notes… c’est comme si tout se suspendait, telle une photographie.--Voir
“★★★★½ This is a monumental release. All Who Thirst soaks in the hallowed atmosphere it was recorded in, [Montreal’s] famed Église Saint-Jean Baptiste, and is a testament to Andy’s personal and spiritual quests and questionings."--Ottawa Xpress
"★★★★ An impressive album with a compellingly atmospheric and haunting sound."--Exclaim!
“★★★★ With All Who Thirst Come to the Waters, indie musician and country rocker Li’l Andy has come up with a truly countercultural piece of work.”
—The Victoria Times-Colonist
Recorded over 10 dizzying days at Montreal’s MixArt Studio (Wolf Parade, Rufus Wainwright), While the Engines Burn marks the first time the artist the Pop Montreal Festival calls "Montreal's greatest country songwriter today" has collaborated with a producer--Plants and Animals frontman Warren C. Spicer. The record is a song-cycle that combines country and folk traditions and influences as diverse as Hank Williams and 1920s German composer Kurt Weill to create a new breed of lyrically-based folk music. The new album builds on the dark, brooding sound Andy perfected on 2011’s, All Who Thirst Come to the Waters, which lead The Village Voice to proclaim: “This is Roots-based Americana that actually deserves to be made.”
Over the past eight years, Li’l Andy has earned a reputation as Canada’s foremost practitioner of country music for the thinking man. His album, All Who Thirst Come to the Waters, was nominated for Best Roots/Folk album at both the Montreal Independent Music Initiatives and the Quebec Independent Music Awards (GAMIQ).
The 31-year-old songwriter has become celebrated for orchestrating grandiose live events as part of Pop Montreal, such at his renowned performance of Neil Young’s “Tonight’s the Night” at Cinéma L’Amour and last year’s wildly successful “Li’l Andy 3D”, a live concert and 3D movie staged at the Rialto Theatre.
Along with his touring band, featuring pedal steel virtuoso Joe Grass (Patrick Watson, Marie-Pierre Arthur), drummer Ben Caissie (Daniel Bélanger), bassist Hans Bernhard (Leif Vollebekk, Colin Stetson), and avant-garde composer and violinist Joshua Zubot (Sam Shalabi, Ratchet Orchestra), Andy has appeared at CMJ, the Edmonton Folk Festival, SXSW, Canadian Music Week, and the Halifax Pop Explosion, performing on bills with Steve Earle, Neko Case, Nick Cave, Calexico and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.