FIRST SINGLE 'BUILD A BED' OUT NOW!
Victoria-based chamber folk trio, West My Friend, are excited to announce the release of their fourth album In Constellation on September 20th. The melodious first single 'Build a Bed' is out now after premiering on Aesthetic Magazine last week, and is an excellent teaser of what's to come. West My Friend will be on the road in support of In Constellation starting on August 22nd, and the tour includes a hometown Album Release Show on September 20th at Alix Goolden Hall. See below for complete tour listings.
In Constellation is an exciting departure from West My Friend’s usual folk trio sound. Accompanied by a full 53-player orchestra, this symphonic album pushes the boundaries of what folk music can be — a crossover between roots music and classical music, exploring fresh sonic territory and showcasing the band’s genre-bending songwriting. And the lead single 'Build a Bed’ is the first actual happy love song that vocalist/guitarist Eden Oliver has written in four albums!
"'Build a Bed' is a love song about staying in love, and I began writing it while assembling a bed for me and my partner," says Eden. "It is full of metaphors about putting in the effort and staying through thick and thin. The vibrant and Aaron Copland-esque orchestration lifts the song to a grandiose level by taking the rhythmic drive from our band's three instruments and handing much of it over to the symphony."
Mingling grassroots guitar, mandolin, accordion, orchestral instruments, and interweaving harmonies, In Constellation (produced by Joby Baker, co-produced and arranged by Adrian Dolan) features longtime members Eden Oliver, Alex Rempel, and Jeff Poynter conceiving a new box, then thinking outside of it. Punctuated by musings on anxiety and belonging, song structures vary and dynamics change from moment to moment, painting powerful lyrical portraits over backgrounds of violins and trumpets that swell, collapse, and tumble between bold harmonies.
With over 650 performances and several tours under their collective belt, West My Friend is bringing forth a new sound you’ve never known you’ve wanted and new meaning to the things you’ve never known you needed.
In Constellation will be available on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes and other digital retailers and streaming services on September 20th. For more information, please visit: westmyfriend.com
WEST MY FRIEND | UPCOMING TOUR DATES
August 22 - Portland, OR - House Concert
August 23 - Salem, OR - The Hayloft
September 20 - Victoria, BC - Alix Goolden Hall
October 18 + 19 - Saskatoon, SK - OSAC
October 20 - Langley, BC - Rose Gellert Hall @ Langley Community Music School
November 5 - Ashland, OR - Casa Campbell
November 6 - Portland, OR - OMSI - Music Under the Dome
November 8 - Seattle, WA - Stone Way Cafe
November 10 - Coquitlam, BC - Evergreen Cultural Centre
WEST MY FRIEND - IN CONSTELLATION
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 20th, 2019 (Independent)
01. Fall Knows
02. Salt Water
03. Build a Bed
04. Old Song
05. Shape of a Home
06. All These Things
07. An Education
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