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Royal Canoe

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On Waver, Royal Canoe's newest collection of songs, they are steering their vessel into new terrain.
The sun-flared polaroid life of previous albums is exchanged for a miraged-out, ominous landscape. The band still has their kaleidoscopic, beat-driven heart, but these songs play with the absurdity of modern life. When truth is optional, when the most volatile people have the most power, when reality becomes irrational - what do you anchor to?
Sonically, Waver rifles through a treasure trove of sounds from pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop. There’s expansive synth walls, obtuse guitar solos, beautiful organ lines, all tied together with a deep rhythmic interplay between the bass, drums and electronics. This time around, everything is centred around the vocals and lyrics, mixed at the forefront and more vulnerable than ever. They mined new corners of their sound and found new places to go.
After all, Royal Canoe’s music has already taken them a lot of places. Around the world to play over 400 shows from Kiev to California, on tours with Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club, to major festivals like Bonaroo, Iceland Airwaves, and Osheaga and to Atlanta to work with Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley, Deerhunter). Their records have received critical acclaim: a nomination for Alternative Album of the Year at the Junos, Best Independent Album at the Western Canadian Music Awards and love from music press and devoted fans the world over.

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