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Calgary’s Woodpigeon will return to our shores for a series of beautiful shows in May to
celebrate the release of their new album ‘Die Stadt Muzikanten’, out on End of
the Road Records on the 19th April.
WOODPIGEON’s chamber-folk concoctions of banjo, glockenspiel, choir and Mark Hamilton’s diffident vocals make for thoughtful melodious moments and joyous rock-outs. Combining the mystical comic-book fantasies of Mark’s lyrics with the sparkling music of the band, comparisons to Sufjan Stevens and his delightful ilk aren’t far wrong, setting Woodpigeon up to be the next great Canadian breakout band.
It never gets old, this touring lark. Just the fact that there’s people around this world of ours who want to
hear songs written in a small, pink house in the prairies of Canada always makes me smile. We look
forward to entertaining you this spring.”
– Mark Andrew Hamilton, Woodpigeon.
Fronted by Mark Hamilton, Woodpigeon’s music moves and contorts like a
film soundtrack. Lush, grand moments complement Mark’s signature
cinematic “pretty-pretty-pop” sound. ‘Die Stadt Muzikanten’ will be the
band’s third full-length and follow up to the internationally acclaimed album
‘Treasury Library Canada’.
In the past, Woodpigeon has most often operated as a rotating collective of
players. This tour however, kicks off with a warm-up show in Iceland on 29th
April with an assembly of what Mark describes as doubtlessly his favourite
group of players.
“On the drums, Mr. Chris Dadge (who I’ve come to call The Glimmer) brings in an element of
experimental improv – when he’s not hitting things for Woodpigeon, he’s running the
experimental record label Bug Incision and releasing records by an amazing group of
otherworldly experimenters. Woodpigeon’s violin player Foon Yap has also been spreading
her wings as of late, fronting the almighty FOONYAP + The Roar, opening for folks like
HEALTH and, erm, Woodpigeon. Scott Munro (on bass and horns), AKA “Monty”, plays with
other Calgary greats like Ghostkeeper and Chad VanGaalen, and Annalea Sordi-McClure
who isn’t just one of the original Woodpigeon line-up, but also the greatest housemate I’ve
ever had. She heard all of these songs first, before anyone, and if I caught her humming one
around the house, I knew it was a good one.”
PRAISE FOR ‘TREASURY LIBRARY CANADA’
“4**** Bloody marvelous” – Sunday Times
“4**** Seductive” – MOJO
“4**** an inspiring meditation on exile and return” – Guardian
“4**** Melodic and affecting.” – Q
“Delightful … poetic and effortlessly gorgeous.” -THE WORD
“Lovely … relevant, modern and orchestral … these are songs for a range of emotion.” -THE NATIONAL POST
“Extravagant shows of brasses or strings spiral out … Hamilton’s light, resilient voice is tailor-made for mulling on the deceits and realities of what we see and do.” -THE GLOBE AND MAIL
“Strings soar … and voices blend like a cool breeze hitting the ocean mist … Woodpigeon take flight with an ease that their name wouldn’t make you believe.” -EXCLAIM!
“Understated beauty with an unshakable longing … meet your new indie folk heroes.” -SUBBA-CULTCHA
“Hamilton’s delightfully dour and lovelorn lyrics and sprightly, sweetly mellow music, makes the morse seem wholly palatable … accomplished, quietly intelligent, playful and really rather enchanting.” -BBC
“Rich acoustic chamber pop with quietly barbed lyrics.” -UNCUT
“A tapestry of plaintive guitar, shuffling snare drums, twinkling glockenspiel and handclaps … from swirling blizzard chamber-pop to hushed alt.country … adrift in sweeping landscapes.” -METRO
“A perfect balance of grandeur and intimacy, delight and melancholy. Treasury is a left-field gem … you can’t help but fall in love with.” -CHROMEWAVES
“The next great Canadian breakout band.” -NOW
LAURA GIBSON’s new album Beasts of Seasons (out now) is nothing short of a masterpiece, both for its flawless and often haunting execution and for its inspired statements on the human experience. If it’s the sonic equivalent of darkness and what may be lurking there, then Gibson’s fragile voice and plaintively strummed guitar soon emerge as a flicker of light. It’s a mesmerizing contrast, as the curtain rises for Gibson’s beautifully gloomy and arresting meditations on life and death
WITHERED HAND is the work of one man from Edinburgh, Dan Willson. Despite a lyrical admission to listening to death metal bands, Dan makes pensive and pretty ‘antifolk’ music sprawling with all sorts of questions and quiet conversations while his Neil Young-ish voice mingles joyously with varied accompaniments including that of a banjo, harmonica and mandolin.