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AroarA – In the Pines Now Available / Tour Dates Including #yegmusic

by New Music Michael on August 22 2013

Aroara - In the Pines (Play Edmonton September 18)So there’s an interesting backstory to this tale of tunes. Avant-garde American poet Alice Notley published a book of poetry in 2007. Now Ariel Engle and Andrew Whiteman (Broken Social Scene, Apostle Of Hustle) have taken said book of poetry, and recorded fourteen songs corresponding to the fourteen poems in the book, using “words from each poem to make faux-folk song forms and then added beats, melodies, and vintage sounds” to create the debut album for AroarA, titled the same as the book.

That might sound odd, but it really really REALLY works. Sort of like Austra, but a little wider ranging. Ariel has this incredible voice, like an angel but a bad-ass angel. Then you add in highly complex layers and instrumentation in each of the tracks. And, well, you just have to take a listen for yourself when you get a chance.

The duo is doing a cross-Canada tour to support the album, of course, including a gig here in Edmonton on September 18th. Definitely worth checking out.

Tour Itinerary

Sep 05 – Toronto ON at Music Gallery
Sep 14 – Vancouver BC at Electric Owl
Sep 15 – Victoria BC for Rifflandia
Sep 17 – Calgary AB at Palomino
Sep 18 – Edmonton AB at Avenue Theatre
Sep 19 – Saskatoon SK at Vangelis
Sep 22 – Winnipeg MB at Park Theatre
Oct 16 – Montreal QC at Sala Rossa
Oct 24 – Waterloo QC at Maison de la Culture de Waterloo (first of dates with Barr Brothers)
Oct 25 – Wakefield ON at Blacksheep Inn
Nov 04 – Terrebonne QC at Moulin Neuf
Nov 05 – Riviere-du-Loup QC at Cabaret des Mauvaises Habitudes
Nov 06 – Rimouski QC at Salle Desjardins-Telus
Nov 08 – Saint-Prime QC at Vieux Couvent Saint-Prime (last of dates with Barr Brothers)
Nov 09 – Val-David QC at Mouton Noir
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