THE OLYMPIC SYMPHONIUM - BEAUTY IN THE TENSION
LABEL : FORWARD MUSIC GROUP // RELEASE DATE : FEBRUARY 9, 2018
Beauty in the Tension, the fifth studio album from New Brunswick songwriting quartet The Olympic Symphonium, 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 capturing 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, guitarmonies, and Chicago's power-ballad 'Glory of Love' which the band riffs on in their song of the same name.
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.
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
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