Folly & the Hunter are the Montréal band comprised of Nick Vallee, Laurie Torres and Phil Creamer – 3 people from different backgrounds who met through the chance of a Craigslist ad. Their recorded output traces the arc of an intimate relationship: if 2011′s debut Residents represents the meet-cute; and the emotional gravity of Tragic Care (2013) is the inevitability of settling into commitment; recording their newest album Awake represents their experiences cumulating with celebratory optimism for the future.
Awake was recorded at Toronto’s Revolution Studios in the summer with producer Howie Beck (Hayden, Feist, Barenaked Ladies), written while touring across North America and Europe, and sees the band growing from their folk foundations into a polished pop aesthetic. Lead singer and lyricist Nick Vallee believes recording outside of Montreal 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.”
For band members Vallee and Torres, heartbreak and loss haunted the delicate music on their acclaimed sophomore album Tragic Care. Touring Europe & North America for 2 years, the band experienced much-needed catharsis and embraced an optimistic outlook – the spirit of which is clearly evident on Awake.
Reflecting on the joys and struggles of life as full-time musicians, songs like “Small Victories” and “Arrow” show the band’s clarity and dedication. On quieter album-closer “Science”, the bare instrumentation and humble lyrics explore emotions of commitment and the struggle with mundanity in day-to-day-life. The recording sessions also solidified the full-time role of long-time collaborator Phil Creamer, an integral part of the group’s live set. Similar to the other members, Creamer’s multi-instrumental talents energized their varied approach to the studio. Starting this summer, the band will continue their rigorous touring schedule throughout the world in support of Awake.