We are so pleased to announce Awake, the brand new album from Montreal’s Folly & The Hunter to be released May 26th on Outside Music.
Awake was recorded at Toronto’s Revolution Studios in the summer, and was produced and mixed by Howie Beck (Hayden, Feist, Barenaked Ladies). Written primarily while touring across North America and Europe, Awake sees the band growing from their folk foundations into a polished pop aesthetic. Lead singer and lyricist Nick Vallee believes that recording outside of Montreal and working with Howie was a real motivating factor in the band’s new direction:
“Recording with Howie in Toronto helped us step out of our old modes, and into new ways of writing songs. We pushed beyond our comfort zone, and it brought a new energy to the music.”
The Weather Station – Photo Credit Yuula Benivolski
The Weather Station, the musical project of Toronto artist Tamara Lindeman, has announced a new album, entitled Loyalty.
Her first release on the Outside Music label in Canada wrestles with knotty notions of faithfulness and faithlessness to our idealism, our constructs of character, our memories, and to our family, friends, and lovers representing a bold step forward into new sonic and psychological inscapes. It’s a natural progression for Lindeman’s acclaimed songwriting practice. Recorded at La Frette Studios just outside Paris in the winter of 2014, in close collaboration with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist), Loyalty crystallizes her lapidary songcraft into eleven emotionally charged vignettes and intimate portraits, redolent of fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and David Wiffen, but utterly her own.
With breathless momentum, Lindeman sings of the way we live amid multiple truths, sometimes for better or for worse. On “Way It Is, Way It Could Be“, she depicts a mysterious moment when 2 brown dogs die underwheel and she reels back gut-sick before glancing a second time to see that they survived; the sin is redeemed.
The Weather Station will perform live shows in Ontario & Quebec, and supporting Great Lake Swimmers across western Canada starting May 2015. Full details below:
Matthew Barber takes a wintery walk-about for his new music video for “Hold Me” off his recent album Big Romance. The video was directed and filmed by Ilia Horsburgh in Banff, Alberta in 2014 and Matthew shared some thoughts on making the video:
I had a day off in Banff on tour and thought it would be a great opportunity to shoot a video with Ilia who is based in Calgary. Being from Toronto myself, it seemed like a chance to feature dramatic natural scenery of the sort we don’t have at home. I’ve always loved the mountains and majestic beauty of the Rockies. In thinking about which song to make a video for, ‘Hold Me’ seemed like the best fit from new album because of the themes of nature and time and feeling small within a vast universe. Ilia’s slow-motion images of a lone man set against the backdrop of a landscape millions of years in the making are a perfect cinematic complement to the meditative ballad.
Matthew performs at Toronto’s Great Hall presented by Massey Hall on May 21 with Tim Chaisson and tickets are on-sale now.
For lovers old and new, Jill Barber shares her new lyric video for “Let’s Call it Love” to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Tickets are on sale now for Jill’s Winter Tour in Vancouver and across eastern Canada, including a special show with Symphony Nova Scotia.
Feb 26 • Vancouver, BC – CIBC Water Lillies Gala – [TIX]
March 05 • Peterborough, ON – Showplace Peterborough – [TIX]
March 06 • Meaford, ON – Meaford Hall & Arts Cultural Centre – [TIX]
March 07 • Ottawa, ON – National Arts Centre – [TIX]
March 08/09 • Québec City, QC – Théâtre Petit Champlain – [TIX]
March 11 • Fredericton, NB – Fredericton Playhouse – [TIX]
March 13 • Halifax, NS – Rebecca Cohn Auditorium (Symphony Nova Scotia) – [SOLD OUT]
March 14 • Charlottetown, PEI – Confederation Centre of the Arts – [TIX]
March 15 • Margaretsville, NS – Evergreen Theatre – [TIX]