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Only a few short weeks remain before Rae Spoon takes to the road with a full string of Canadian tour dates to support their upcoming album, Armour. Today, thanks to the fine folks at BeatRoute, listeners are treated to another track from Spoon’s eighth LP. Featuring drum programming from Berlin artist Alexandre Decoupigny, “Stolen Song” remains optimistic and positive in light of a difficult situation.
“A couple of years ago, a band put out a music video with a gender variant protagonist,” says Spoon. “I felt like the portrayal only perpetuated stereotypes about trans/gender diverse people. It really upset me because no one in the band or the actor was gender variant/transgender. It felt like my identity was being treated like a costume to make the band appear more interesting. Then I realized that there are a lot of these examples in the music/arts industry. I have also mistakenly appropriated culture from other people. ‘Stolen Song’ is a call to folks, including myself, to stop using identities that don’t belong to us in our art.”
Rae Spoon has been called one of Canada’s best songwriters and their new album Armour does not disappoint. Set for release on February 19 via Coax Records, the ten new songs hold all of the lyrical depth indicative of Rae Spoon’s compositions while showcasing their distinctive voice. "I wrote Armour in three different cities at my kitchen table over a couple of years,” says Spoon. “I had a couple of really hard years after My Prairie Home came out. It left me with a lot of questions about how I was going to live with trauma after I was so open about it on screen. At the same time I fell in love and got married. The experience of choosing hope over despair really plays itself out in the lyrics.”
Armour’s self-produced enigmatic soundscapes blur the lines between organic and electronic instruments. Recorded at Calgary’s Arch Audio Studio, Rae Spoon claims, “there was a lot of experimentation with analog synths and electronic music programming along with my usual guitar and vocals. I took my tracks to long-time collaborators Alexandre Decoupigny and Lorrie Matheson and it became an album. I think the production shows a level of sophistication I have been working towards for years."
Armour is the highly anticipated follow-up to the Polaris Music Prize nominated My Prairie Home, a musical about Spoon’s fraught childhood in Alberta. As much as My Prairie Home was about Spoon’s upbringing as a queer youth in a Pentecostal household, Armour is about their view of the future. Moments of reckoning with trauma and self-preservation mingle with messages of hope and survival. Armour explores the idea that there is no instruction manual for healthy adulthood, asserting that the attempt to construct meaning is itself the point of life. Armour is a tribute to the intimate space where both hope and despair have space to share the same voice.
Tour dates across Canada supporting Armour begin February 16 and all performance stops can be found below.
CANADIAN TOUR DATES
Feb 16 - Calgary @ The Ironwood w/ Ethan Cole
Feb 17- Edmonton @ the Mercury Room w/ Sherry-Lee Heschel
Feb 18 - Saskatoon @ La Relais w/ Ursa, respectfulchild and Homo Monstrous
Feb 19 Saskatoon @ Out Saskatoon (talk)
Feb 20 - Winnipeg @ The Good Will w/ LAL and Joanne Pollock
Feb 25 - Montreal @ Casa Del Popolo w/ Glenn Nuotio
Feb 26 - Ottawa @ Pressed Cafe w/ Glenn Nuotio
Feb 27 - Kingston @ the Artel w/ Kris and Dee
Feb 28 - Toronto @ Holy Oak w/ Party Time
Feb 29 - Toronto @ Holy Oak w/ Glenn Nuotio
Mar 3 - St John’s @ The Ship w/ Neil Conway
Mar 4 - Halifax @ The Company House w/ Lee-Ann Poole
Mar 5 - Sault Ste. Marie at Gore Street Cafe
Mar 11 - Galiano Island @ TBA
Mar 12 - Galiano Island @ Grand Central Emporium
Mar 13 - Vancouver @ Skinny Fat Jacks
Mar 17 - Victoria @ Victoria Event Center w/Corwin Fox