After more than a decade together, Said The Whale have arrived at the purest version of themselves. Cascadia is the Vancouver trio’s sixth album, and it sounds like quintessential Said The Whale: with a big-hearted blend of indie rock and atmospheric folk, it perfects all of the elements that have propelled the band to JUNO Award-winning, radio chart-topping success.
Cascadia represents a back-to-basics approach after the synth-fuelled experimentation of 2017’s As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide. That previous record was made amidst intense personal turmoil, as band members Tyler Bancroft (vocals/guitar), Ben Worcester (vocals/guitar) and Jaycelyn Brown (keyboards). Early recording took place in an assortment of studios across Vancouver and Toronto, including Tyler’s own Ol' Dirty Bikeshed — quite literally the shed in the driveway behind his apartment. Three more songs were tracked with Hot Hot Heat’s Steve Bays. From there, the group fleshed out the songs with producers Alexandre Bonenfant and Jay Merrow, culminating in a solar-powered session at Ben’s family cabin on Gambier Island.
Cascadia is Said The Whale’s first album for Arts & Crafts, album out on February 8, 2019.