BEAUTY IN THE TENSION OUT FEBRUARY 9 VIA FORWARD MUSIC
"soothing, heartfelt, indie jams all the way from Canada’s Atlantic Coast." - Salute Magazine
"dreamy, 70s sounding" - Grid City Magazine
"There's something so mellow, so smooth about this Fredericton, New Brunswick-based indie folk outfit that ambient music might require a new pacifying sub-genre." - Exclaim!
"Fredericton's soft and beautiful Symphonium return to wash over us again, as always a breath of fresh air." - CBC
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The Olympic Symphonium are set to release their fifth studio album, Beauty In The Tension, on February 9 via Forward Music. Today, the New Brunswick songwriting quartet is sharing the second single from their upcoming record, “Glory Of Love”, a track that was born on a mountain as Peter Cetera’s own song titled “Glory Of Love” blared on the radio.
"I wanted to channel the feeling I got from this music combined with my surroundings as a jumping-off point for a song,” says band member Kyle Cunjak. “So I started writing lyrics freeform." The song eventually morphed into a love song directed at Cunjak's car, a 1991 Honda Accord.
"When this song was coming to life, I was 5600 kms away from home on a sort of spiritual journey through America trying to run my car into the ground before it rusted out," says Cunjak. "But that thing got me back home and through the summer before I recycled it and put it to rest. RIP."
Beauty In The Tension is the result of rural isolation, small comforts, and the discovery of two pairs of Dark Side Of The Moon pajama pants.
For six days last winter, Nick Cobham, Kyle Cunjak, Dennis Goodwin, and Graeme Walker holed up in the legendary Old Confidence Lodge studio in Riverport, Nova Scotia to focus on 13 new compositions. Working long days with the help and stamina of engineer Diego Medina, the band laid down a batch of songs that were road-tested and ready to be captured in this magical Oddfellows Hall-cum-studio.
Delicious home-cooked meals and harmony vocals were provided by Jennah Barry, a fellow resident of Nova Scotia's south shore, and additional instrumentation was provided by Michael Belyea (Jenn Grant), Tim Crabtree (Paper Beat Scissors), and composer / arranger Drew Jurecka. Sonic inspiration came from Pink Floyd, guitar-monies, and Chicago power-ballads.
The Olympic Symphonium has been trudging through the murkier depths of the Canadian music stream since 2005. Consisting of four distinct and diverse songwriters, the band has crafted a full, lush sound that is entirely their own. A sound that features emotional musical flourishes, soaring harmonies that float in and out, and dramatic lyrical content. It is the sound of a strange and beautiful tension.
Whether it's the complexity of family life, the inevitability of death, the mundanity of life on the road, or struggles with mental illness, each band member writes with their own life experiences in mind and combines those with that of the other members in a Voltron like fashion to form one strong and varied body of work. Four become one to create a singular vision and sound. It's the sound of a band not afraid to go deep into the darkness, go against the current and swim upstream.
Though the band has toured Europe several times, performed at world-renowned events (the Olympic Winter Games, Pop Montreal, and Liverpool Sound City to name a few), and joined forces with an international label, the past couple years have been spent concentrating on their home province of New Brunswick. Specifically, the band has been developing the highly successful Shivering Songs winter festival they curate.
BEAUTY IN THE TENSION TRACKLIST
01 Coat of Arms
02 Glory of Love
03 Thanks a Lot
05 The Middle
07 In With The Camera
08 Lost In The Party
09 Look At Her Now
10 Choral Voices
Nov 25 - Miramichi, NB: Vogue Theatre (Neil Young tribute show)
Jan 20 - Fredericton, NB: Shivering Songs festival
Mar 3 - Breadalbane, PEI: The Dunk