HOW DO WE STAY HERE? OUT AUGUST 30 VIA SLOW WEATHER
TOUR DATES BEGIN MAY 11
“...moody, sweetly impeccable gem” - NPR (on “Half Past Nine”)
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Today, Saskatoon’s Close Talker announce their upcoming LP, How Do We Stay Here?, out August 30 via Slow Weather. In so many ways How Do We Stay Here? marks a new chapter for the band. The three members leaned into the trust and foundation built over countless years of friendship to pursue a record that would be sustainable and timeless for them. Choosing to self-produce allowed the band to hold this album close to their chest while it developed organically over the course of 2018 at RMS Labs in Regina, SK. At its core, the album is laced with a quiet confidence that invites the listener to dig in, finding new appreciation with each spin.
Leading the way is album single, “The Change It Brings”, a song about the universal currency of time. “No matter what the situation, everyone is shaped by time,” says the band. “It can change us for the worse, or for the better, but at one point or another, all of us will have to face the force of time. This song, along with our new album, is us trying to wrestle with time. It conveys trying to learn from our experiences, trying to keep perspective, trying to progress in this weird world, and sometimes trying not to progress at all; to sit in a moment and soak it in for all it has to offer before it becomes nothing more than a memory. How Do We Stay Here? is us navigating through the past two years, to both the good times and the bad that shaped who we are, and learning how to learn from them.”
Close Talker, now more than ever, is interested in music that is timeless - music that won’t force the listener into feeling a certain way. To achieve this, the band approached each song following a code of instincts and honesty, including a list of ten commandments by which all decisions were filtered through. Some were practical like: “Start with what you know” while others were more attitude checks or wholistic like: “No ego” All catering to the music coming first. How Do We Stay Here? is a testament to the band’s integrity and a desire to produce music that is original and pure. It is an album the band wrote for themselves, in hopes that the songs would carry the same vigor and meaning in ten years, as they do today.
Beyond Close Talker’s recordings and videos, the music comes alive with the band’s iconic live show, leaving audiences around the world satisfied, having left all inhibitions behind. Recently, the band completed a successful run to SXSW and will now be on the road this summer in North America and Europe. Current tour dates can be found below with more dates to be announced shortly.
CLOSE TALKER ON TOUR
May 11 – Saskatoon, SK – Capitol 5 Year Anniversary
May 25 – Amsterdam, NL – London Calling Festival
Jun 27 – Saskatoon, SK – Sask Jazz Festival Special Performance* SOLD OUT
Jul 5 – Prince Albert, SK – Chester Fest
Jul 6 – Rabbit Creek, SK – Napatak Ramble Festival
Aug 2 – Vancouver, BC – Special Performance TBA*
Aug 6 – Edmonton, AB – Special Performance TBA*
Aug 8-9 – Regina, SK – Regina Folk Festival Special Performance*
Aug 10 – Winnipeg, MB – Special Performance TBA*
Aug 13 - Ottawa, ON - Special Performance TBA*
Aug 14 - Sarnia, ON - Special Performance TBA*
Aug 15 – Toronto, ON – Special Performance TBA*