The 12-track album, which reflects the group’s elemental guitar-based origins and plaintive layered vocal style, was recorded by longtime band associate Michael Timmins, of Cowboy Junkies, and will be released on Oct. 20th via Timmins’ Latent Recordings label on CD, digital download and — in a first for Skydiggers’ 30-year career — on vinyl.
The title track, a powerful appeal for reconciliation and renewal, sets the tone for the album: “Can the warmth of the sun/Heal anyone?/Can the stars and the moon/Reveal the truth?”
“I don’t think it was intentional, but I can hear a thread on these songs about reaching out, being honest with yourself and making a connection with people, in order to get to a better place. That’s definitely a goal for us, it always is,” says Andy Maize.
The urgency and immediacy of the songs is reflected in how the record was made. Several are presented in live-off-the-floor versions, often with live vocals intact, lending the LP an air of immediacy, vitality and intimacy, reflective of the band’s storied live shows. It’s also evidence of the strength of the road-honed band lineup featured on the record.