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Album Review: Royal Canoe – Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit

Brianne Addison September 13, 2016 New Music, Reviews No Comments

Royal Canoe

Photo Credit: Jaclyn Campanaro

Royal Canoe is responsible for the production of Indie/Pop gospel. Their latest LP, Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit, is pure instrumental bliss.

Through ethereal vocals, heavy drums, trippy basses, jubilant tambourines, and a host of psychedelic effects, Royal Canoe has given us music we’ve all been thirsting for. The album, made up of eleven unique songs, takes you on a journey down a hazy road, filled with ambient beats and gooey textures. If you have a love of alternative/experimental music, Royal Canoe will surely wave their intoxicating aroma around your cranial cavity.

This band will give you everything you’ve ever wanted out of music, but they will do it in their own wildly unusual way. The tracks are vocally charged, chock full of searing lyrics, as well as plummeting percussions and fuzzy, electronic delight. With each track so perfectly executed and so distinctly different from the next, the album will leave you feeling euphoric; creative, even, as the music swirls and dances its way through your bones.

The music Royal Canoe delivers is fabricated from sawing chunks off of different musical styles and placing them in a blender. The sound that emerges as a result is one of the greatest, idiosyncratic albums of our time, shuddering with life and panting with vigor. One can truly hear all of the precise efforts that go into creating the tracks. From “Somersault” to “BB Gun”, every note, every lyric, every sound effect is perfectly placed, exquisitely timed, and lovingly threaded throughout the album.

“Checkmate” begins with electronic pots and pans, a jazzy keyboard, and wailing guitars. Smooth vocals sail into the scene, caressed by flowery percussions. “I Am Collapsing Slowly” is folk-infused- spicy guitars and elegant vocals, tipsy drums and a mash-up of mountainous effects. “Holidays” begins with a friendly piano tune before quickly dipping into puddles of heavy percussion, wavy vocals, chaotic flow and eerie techno pulses. 

Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit is colossal and can only be described as the warmth you’ve been waiting for. The sun which thaws out the long winter. The warm breeze which makes you want to dance within yourself and causes you to remember a piece of your soul that you left out to freeze. It is the first flower that blooms through the long frost; those little beams of light which reach dark, cold places within the soul and cause them to come alive again.    

Royal Canoe Tour Dates:

09.15 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
09.17 – Lethbridge, AB @ Love & Records Festival
09.18 – Bozeman, MT @ The Filling Station
09.19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
09.23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Hi Hat
09.24 – Davis, CA @ Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
09.25 – San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar
09.28 – Portland, OR @ Holocene
09.29 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
09.30 – Vancouver, BC @ Imperial
10.01 – Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
10.03 – Rossland, BC @ The Flying Steamshovel
10.05 – Calgary, AB @ Marquee Beer Market & Stage
10.06 – Red Deer, AB @ Bo’s Bar and Grill
10.07 – Edmonton, AB @ UP+DT Festival
10.08 – Saskatoon, SK @ The Capitol
10.18 – Kingston, ON @ The Mansion
10.19 – Quebec City, QC @ L’Anti
10.20 – Fredericton, NB @ Capital Complex
10.21 & 10.22 – Halifax, NS @ Halifax Pop Explosion
10.26 – St. Catharines, ON @ L3
10.27 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
10.28 – Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
10.29 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola
10.30 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
11.01 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
11.02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
11.05 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
11.07 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Café
11.09 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
11.11 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
11.12 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

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