nêhiyawak ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM, nipiy 

LISTEN & SHARE FIRST SINGLE “ôtênaw” HERE

TRIO FROM AMISKWACIY TREATY 6 PERFORMS IN HAMILTON SEP 26, EDMONTON OCT 4, CALGARY OCT 5, SASKATOON OCT 6 AND ANNOUNCES UPCOMING SHOWS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA IN DECEMBER

PREORDER nipiy LP HERE

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nêhiyawak hails from amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. On the band’s debut album, nipiy – out October 24 on Arts & Crafts – the trio of Indigenous artists – Kris Harper (vocals, guitars), Marek Tyler (drums), and Matthew Cardinal (synths, bass) – transcends a new intersection of traditional storytelling and contemporary sound. A collection of songs strongly inspired by the Idle No More movement, says Harper, “nipiy is for those who don’t seem to fit in for a myriad of reasons. To inspire others to use their voice and to send messages to future generations.”

nêhiyawak – whose name refers directly to their nêhiyaw ancestry – is a spirited expression of Indigeneity. nipiy, which translates to water, is the title of nêhiyawak's first full length album. The flow and pace of the album, symbolic of the flow and pace of water, begins and ends with pieces dedicated to kisiskâciwanisîpiy (North Saskatchewan River), a river that flows through the center of amiskwaciy. In the band's words, “There are many important ideas and teachings that we were raised with in our lives, but few more important than water. It’s a modern conversation with complex meanings and understandings.”

WATCH “kisiskâciwanisîpiy pêyak” (Album Trailer) HERE 

To mark the album’s announcement, today the band shares nipiy’s first single – “ôtênaw” which features the viscerally affective interplay of sonic exploration and cultural meaning that is core to nêhiyawak. The song – the apex of tension on nipiy – puts front and centre the affective and deeply considered lyrics of Harper, here in his most impassioned and strained voice:


we have among us some gentle hands

we also have some others harder to understand

that’s why “they” was made, no you cannot pretend

while wasting one another in the name of the new land

“ôtênaw means city in nêhiyawēwin,” explains Harper. “There are things being spoken to that are directly about cities and how they dominate the social fabric across a plethora of cultures all over the world. Also trying to understand not only historical ways, but also the contemporary factors that lead to this apparatus as something that continues to work and also questioning what that work is. For instance, there is a major reference in the bridge about the creation of ‘they’: not only linguistically but also how that impacts the psychology of people who live in cities.”

LISTEN & SHARE “ôtênaw” HERE

Produced by Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Black Mountain, Destroyer), nêhiyawak’s sound combines terse post-rock soundscapes with surreal pop and sheer ambient aspects. Anchored by the hollowed pounding of Tyler’s traditional carved cedar log drums and Cardinal’s electronic inflections, nipiy combines the teachings of nêhiyawak’s Elders with the band’s own interests in music, instrumentation and lyrics. nêhiyawak’s debut album tells their story of collective experience – a band empowered by history and progress, compelled to add to the great body of work. As Harper says, “Our goal is not to build up a group of individuals, but rather keep kicking at the door built in front of many.”

PREORDER nipiy LP HERE

Best described in the band’s own words, drummer Marek Tyler offers this context on nêhiyawak:

“A few years back, when talking about nêhiyawak, Matthew [Cardinal] said, ‘it's more than a band.’ His comment stuck with me. 

 When we started learning songs and writing together, I connected to Kris's lyrics. How did my family deal with the 60's scoop and with residential schools? I thought about my nieces and nephews growing their hair. I thought about my family. 

When recording nipiy, my friend Carey Newman, a Kwakwaka'wakw and Coast Salish artist, loaned us a few of his family's drums. A 6 ft x 3 ft elk hide frame-drum, a carved cedar log drum (both Kwakwaka'wakw), and a pow-wow drum. Guided by my family's teachings, I decided to care for the drums in a manner that is in line with our protocols. I asked my family for support to do this work. I became friends with those drums. Together, we played loud. We shared whispers. We had a moment. When I heard those drums back in the studio, they sounded beautiful and proud.

Why is nêhiyawak more than a band? Because our families, our nêhiyaw communities, and our ways of knowing and being inform our work. For me, our album nipiy represents an ongoing process of connecting, learning and growing with each other.”

TOUR DATES

Sep 26 - Hamilton, ON - McMaster University
Oct 4 - Edmonton, AB - Aviary
Oct 5 - Calgary, AB - King Eddy
Oct 6 - Saskatoon, SK - Amigo’s Cantina
Dec 5 - Vancouver, BC - Museum of Anthropology
Dec 6 - Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar

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nêhiyawak nipiy tracklist
1. kisiskâciwanisîpiy pêyak 
2. copper
3. page
4. somnambulist
5. secret 
6. perch
7. ôtênaw
8. starlight
9. tommaso
10. open window
11. disappear
12. kisiskâciwanisîpiy nîso

NOTES
nêhiyawak ᓀᐦᐃᔭᐊᐧᐠ
Pronunciation: NEH-hee-oh-wuk
Meanings: Cree People, People of the Plains, Plains People, Exact People, Free People
Note: There are no letters capitalized in Cree language. Please write name in all lower case.

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nêhiyawak SHARES NEW SONG “open window” REFERENCING THE ‘SIXTIES SCOOP’ & RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

nêhiyawak SHARES NEW SONG “open window” REFERENCING THE ‘SIXTIES SCOOP’ & RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS

 FIVE SONG starlight EP OUT TODAY

 LISTEN & SHARE “open window” HERE

INDIE-PSYCH TRIO FROM AMISKWACIY TREATY 6 RECALLS THIS DAY IN 1885 WHEN EIGHT LEADERS FROM INDIGENOUS NATIONS WERE HUNG AT FORT PITT

 LISTEN & BUY starlight EP HERE

 TOUR DATES CONTINUE NOV 28 IN TORONTO & NOV 29 MONTREAL

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 Photo Credit : Levi Manchak // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES

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 traditional storytelling. Their music is a resonant expression of indigeneity in the modern world.

Today, nêhiyawak releases its stunning starlight EP with the addition of the final song from the affective five-track collection. “open window” courses with melody and emotion, overflowing with brilliant melancholy as it confronts violations of indigenous nationhood perpetrated by Canada. The band describes:

Our parents begin the song with spoken word. We have them each speak their mother tongue and say what they felt like needed to be said. The lyrics reference The Sixties Scoop as well as the concepts portrayed in the model of the residential school system. The model used had very strong connections to the early boarding school models used in Ireland, India, and many early colonies of England. More than anything, this message is one of learning and acceptance. Something to help others feel connected by experience, but also encouraged toward personal growth and learning.

With Harper’s most direct and impactful lyricism, “open window” juxtaposes pain and understanding, over pulsating synths and clouds of plodding melody:

 There was a scoop that went on where people

Were forced to live another way of life

And I always wondered what had happened

To those mother tongues that were kept inside


 LISTEN & SHARE “open window” HERE

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 27, marks the date in 1885 when eight leaders of indigenous nations were hung at Fort Pitt.

 LISTEN & BUY starlight EP HERE

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.

 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.

nêhiyawak ONLINE
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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

LISTEN AND SHARE “starlight” HERE

starlight EP OUT NOVEMBER 27 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS

PREORDER starlight EP

TOUR DATES CONTINUE NOVEMBER 28 IN TORONTO & MONTREAL

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Photo Credit : Levi Manchak // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES

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.”

LISTEN AND SHARE “starlight” HERE


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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DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES

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.

nêhiyawak ONLINE
WEBSITE
FACEBOOK
TWITTER
INSTAGRAM