This Canadian folk-rock band is fronted by Tony Dekker, who writes the band’s fleeting but intensely delicate songs and who combines his husky and mesmerising voice with violin, banjo, guitar and drums. Their overall sound is fresh and graceful, with tracks such as ‘Your Rocky Spine’ and ‘Pulling on a Line’ conjuring up feelings of both nostalgia and hope. Their music gets you ready for summer, and tracks like ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’ with its feel-good vibes make you want to blast it out in the car. Speaking about their latest EP, Swimming Away, Dekker said, “It’s an outtake from A Forest of Arms [the band’s sixth studio album] that stands alone.” The band are known for recording their albums in unconventional spaces—they recorded their first, self-titled album in an empty grain silo in Ontario, and the sounds of live crickets chirping can be heard in the background of some of the tracks. Their music deals with themes of the natural world, environmental issues and, of course, relationships and love.
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