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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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.

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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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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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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.

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nêhiyawak ANNOUNCES starlight EP

TRIO FROM TREATY 6 SHARES NEW SONG “copper”

LISTEN TO "copper"

SHOWS WITH REUBEN AND THE DARK BEGIN OCTOBER 27

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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.

Following the release of two singles this summer – the intricately textured “somnambulist” and the liquid narrative arc of “page” (featuring spoken word by poet Marilyn Dumont) – nêhiyawak announces the starlight EP: a collection of five songs that reflect the vast range of a band emboldened with the powerful inflection of its rich cultural connection.

starlight shines a torch into the shadows of colonial ideologies,” says Harper. “What is erasure? What are the depths man will go to to extinguish culture? Recognition of and education on 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 announcement is marked by the release of “copper,the third single to be shared from the five song EP collection. “copper” is nêhiyawak at its most strident, with icy synths, heavily plated guitar, and tense log percussion underpinning Harper’s strained vocals – a song about the “importance of understanding who you are and where you are from,” says Harper. “Our most powerful tool against the forms of violence presented in our modern cultures.”  

LISTEN AND SHARE “copper”

FREE DOWNLOAD FROM nehiyawak.com

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 terse post-rock of Mission of Burma and Godspeed You! Black Emperor with the baroque pop backdrop of Grizzly Bear and Blonde Redhead. The starlight EP will be released digitally on November 27 via Arts & Crafts.

PREORDER starlight EP

nêhiyawak will join A&C label mates Reuben and the Dark for a run of dates throughout Western Canada beginning October 27. Full itinerary and EP tracklist are below.

TOUR DATES w/ REUBEN AND THE DARK
Oct 27 - Winnipeg, MB - WECC &
Oct 29 - Edmonton, AB - Winspear Centre
Oct 30 - Calgary, AB - Jack Singer Concert Hall
Nov 1 - Saskatoon, SK - Broadway Theatre
Nov 2 - Regina, SK - Westminster United Church
Nov 3 - Lethbridge, AB - Southminster United Church
Nov 7 - Victoria, BC - Capital Ballroom
Nov 8 - Vancouver, BC - Imperial Theatre

PURCHASE / STREAM “somnambulist” HERE

PURCHASE / STREAM “page” HERE

WATCH “page” VIDEO FEATURING MARILYN DUMONT

NEH_EP_cover_S.jpg

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nêhiyawak starlight tracklist
1. starlight
2. page
3. copper
4. somnambulist
5. open window

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Photo Credit : Levi Manchak // DOWNLOAD HIGH-RES


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