REMAINS OUT OCTOBER 26 VIA OUTSIDE MUSIC
PHOTO CREDIT : Julia Marois // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES
Today, Montreal duo Folly & The Hunter, multi-instrumentalists Laurie Torres (Rae Spoon, Little Scream, Land of Talk) and Nick Vallee, are announcing their indefinite hiatus. "Taking a break has nothing to do with our love of making music,” the band says. “It truly warms our hearts each time we hear from a fan about how we have impacted them, and we cherish the time we have spent playing around the world. But keeping a band active long-term takes the right circumstances, and as time passes, those circumstances have become hard for us to sustain. We love performing and creating, but a musician's life can also be quite difficult. We both need to focus on other things for a while, for our mental and physical health. We are so happy that we are able to share this new album with you all. Both the compositions and the lyrics reflect the bittersweet nature of this hiatus, and it's a fitting farewell to this period in our lives"
Due out October 26 via Outside Music, their upcoming album Remains is filled with striking melodies and tightly woven rhythms which come together to immediately strike the ear. Today, the band are sharing the new video for the opening track, “Now I Know”.
Remains was recorded over 2 weeks at the Tragically Hip’s Bathouse Studios, the goal was to get the band sequestered into a studio without outside distractions and have them live and breathe the making of this album. Engineer Nyles Spencer was a source of technical inspiration with Nick handling bass and guitar duties while Laurie played most of the other instruments. Mathieu Parisien (Karkwa, Patrick Watson, Aidan Knight) mixed the album.
Having previously recorded as a quartet, the pair had made their sketches of the songs at their Montreal rehearsal space and fleshed them out fully in Bath. Both Laurie and Nick used the loose and relaxed environment to get back to the enjoyment they had when they first started collaborating.
Their lead single and album title-track, “Remain”, is the track that catalyzed their new upbeat feel. Organically grown out of an improvisation, experimenting with grittier sounds and more driving rhythms, “Remain” moved the group past the stylistic constraints of their previous work.
While performing on the road with Little Scream, Laurie became pals with Nik Ewing from Local Natives, who was enlisted to design the album artwork for Remains. His work conveys the free spirit and sense of abandon the band felt while making the album.
Folly & The Hunter’s las album, Awake, saw them touring with Half Moon Run and dates with James Vincent McMorrow. Their magnetic sound has made them a favourite among music supervisors, with placements in the Melissa McCarthy show “Nobodies”; ABC Family drama The Fosters; Saving Hope; Cracked; MTV’s Awkward; Teen Mom; Rookie Blue; Private Eyes; Netflix Switched at Birth; Degrassi :The Next Generation; and Heartland, hooking thousands of new fans and earning over a million plays on Spotify, hundreds of thousands of YouTube hits, and Apple music streams.