PONDERCAST EPISODE 26 : BE A TREE

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Something different this episode of Laurie Brown’ Pondercast titled Be A Tree. She calls this a Grounding. If this past week has left you feeling slightly unmoored - midterm elections come to mind - maybe this will be a good reset for you.

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Recently, Killbeat Music partnered with the team at Pondercast to bring you Ponderbeat, a series of special episodes featuring selections curated by Brown from some of Killbeat’s latest releases. The second episode of Ponderbeat is live now, featuring music from Dan Mangan, Great Lake Swimmers, Begonia, Kaia Kater, and more.

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nêhiyawak RELEASES STUNNING TITLE TRACK OF STARLIGHT EP

INDIE-PSYCH TRIO FROM AMISKWACIY TREATY 6 SHARES NEW SONG ON NOVEMBER 16, MARKING THE DAY LOUIS RIEL WAS HUNG IN 1885

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starlight EP OUT NOVEMBER 27 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

PREORDER starlight EP

TOUR DATES CONTINUE NOVEMBER 28 IN TORONTO & MONTREAL

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nêhiyawak hails from amiskwaciy in Treaty 6 Territory. The trio of Indigenous Canadian artists – Kris Harper (vocals, guitars), Marek Tyler (drums), and Matthew Cardinal (synths, bass) – transcends a new intersection of contemporary sound and the traditional storytelling of their ancestry. Their music is a resonant expression of indigeneity in the modern world.

Today, they are sharing the title track from their upcoming starlight EP, due out November 27 via Arts & Crafts. Set to a hypnotic crow hop rhythm, “starlight” is encircled by captivating ambience: the pulse of synths, strands of distorted guitar, and a vocal performance by Harper that flows over with beauty and devastation:

then i wish i had some kind of memory
of a past so quickly changed
the people that no one could see

Of the upcoming collection of songs and its title track, Harper says:

starlight shines a torch into the shadows of colonial ideologies. What is erasure? How is it manifest in society? What are the depths man will go to to hush the perspective of others? When tools of erasure are put to use on aspects of particular cultures, they are also applied to society as a whole. What are the symptoms and affects of these attempts at extinguishing culture? Recognition of the forms and techniques that impact indigenous, POC, LGBTQ, and our mothers, sisters, and daughters assist in the reformation and reparations sought by survivors in our day. The education of this is nêhiyawak's endurance on starlight.”

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nêhiyawak has chosen important dates in the creation of the sovereign nation referred to as Canada to release music from the starlight collection. These dates were also important to the fragmentation of indigenous nationhood of which the effects are still felt today. Today, November 16 marks the date Louis Riel was hung in 1885 after confederation.

starlight EP is a collection of five songs that reflect the vast range of a band emboldened with the powerful inflection of its rich cultural connection. Produced by Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Black Mountain, Destroyer), nêhiyawak’s music is personified by chiming guitar, terrestrial rhythm, sheer ambience, and resilient poetry. starlight is at times grand and emotional, at times cool and reticent, combining the tense post-rock of Mission of Burma and Godspeed You! Black Emperor with the baroque pop backdrop of Grizzly Bear and Blonde Redhead.

PURCHASE / STREAM “copper”
PURCHASE / STREAM “somnambulist” HERE
PURCHASE / STREAM “page” HERE
WATCH “page” VIDEO FEATURING MARILYN DUMONT

TOUR DATES
Nov 28 - Toronto, ON - Baby G (TICKETS)
Nov 29 - Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo (TICKETS)

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nêhiyawak starlight tracklist
1. starlight
2. page
3. copper
4. somnambulist
5. open window

NOTES
nêhiyawak ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐊᐧᐠ
Pronunciation: neh-HEE-oh-wuk
Meanings: Cree People, People of the Plains, Plains People, Exact People

Note: There are no letters capitalized in Cree language. Please write name in all lower case.

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BEN ROGERS DEDICATES NEW SINGLE TO VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE

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“A CHANGED MAN” ON ALL STREAMING PLATFORMS NOV 16

BC SONGWRITER, BEN ROGERS, RECENTLY SIGNED TO DALLAS GREEN’S NEWLY MINTED STILL RECORDS FOR UPCOMING LP

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Today, BC songwriter and newest artist on Dallas Green’s Still Records, Ben Rogers is sharing another new single from his upcoming LP.  Exclaim! calls “A Changed Man” a “melancholic Americana-tinged ballad that was inspired by the dark experiences of others.” Rogers comments he “loosely based it on a true story. But, the more I wrote, the more I realized that it is based on many true stories. Far too many. Domestic violence is endemic and I dedicate it to the victims and survivors of abuse.”

“A Changed Man” is the first song Rogers wrote for his upcoming album, which was produced by Green. “It opened up a different aspect of my voice that I hadn’t previously been in touch with,” says Rogers. “In a way it felt like the first time I’d ever actually sang in my life. It was the beginning of my rebirth as a songwriter and performer.”

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With a pair of acclaimed solo albums to his name – 2015’s The Bloodred Yonder and 2013’s Lost Stories: Volume OneBen Rogers has been turning heads with compelling songs and captivating performances for a while now. On his previous records, listeners were gravitating towards his fresh take on country-tinged folk and Americana, Rogers found himself drifting away from it. Last month Rogers gave us a taste of the new direction he’s headed with, “Steady Going Nowhere”, a song about "the streets and alleys of East Vancouver and it's dedicated to the people who call those streets and alleys home,” says Rogers.

The sound – still rooted in folk and Americana, though now with an earnest new attitude permeates throughout – is a raw, hazy, rock-inspired swagger that channels the likes of possessed masterminds from Nick Cave to Otis Redding to Marc Bolan of T.Rex. Put simply, it is enveloping and the authenticity is palpable.

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Keep your ear to the ground for more details on Roger’s upcoming LP and future tour dates.

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ABOUT STILL RECORDS

Still Records is a record label established in September 2018 by multi-Platinum acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green. An imprint of award-winning independent label Dine Alone Records, which was started to put out City and Colour’s debut album Sometimes. Still Records is a place where Green will curate a collection of projects that he thinks deserve to be heard and enjoyed.

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