Sun Grenades & Grenadine Skies, Raleigh’s sophomore full length, was recorded at Montreal studio Hotel 2 Tango with Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, Basia Bulat, GY!BE) and Greg Smith and expands on the themes of the first record, “New Times in Black and White,” meshing pop sensibilities with hazardous song structure. Percolate vocal harmonies, deft instrumentals, and subtle time signature changes are what filter into the superb arrangements of the hallmark Calgary trio Raleigh. With intricate refrains woven by cello, piano, and guitar, Raleigh are as much ear candy as head candy – thoughtful and emotive, restrained, but utterly engaging. Unafraid of both straight-up pop hooks, folk traditions and complex song structure, this is a band uniquely shaping their own space in new music. Raleigh’s lush composition draws on the finer elements of earthy folk, chamber pop and art-damaged indie rock, with delicate melodies that hold the whole thing together, resulting in a sound that has been described as “a more thoughtful, elegant indie”, and “dynamic, quirky folk.” Having cut their teeth in diverse acts including Woodpigeon and the Dudes, this trio stems from a lofty lineage. Both boisterous and rock solid, Raleigh will relentlessly capture your affections with their boundless grace.
… and announce January 2014 UK dates …
January 23 Sneaky Pete’s (Edinburgh) http://www.sneakypetes.co.uk/
January 24 Dublin Castle, London
January 25 Union Chapel, Daylight Music Series (Islington)
January 26 The Windmill (Brixton) http://windmillbrixton.co.uk/
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