YUKON BLONDE - CRITICAL HIT
LABEL : DINE ALONE RECORDS // RELEASE DATE : JUNE 22, 2018
After the last show of their final European Tour, in support of their 2015 Album, 'On Blonde,' Yukon Blonde were not ready to come home to Canada - So they didn't. Instead, frontman Jeff Innes relocated to Madrid, Spain; to be joined by his bandmates over the following months. "Critical Hit" is Yukon Blonde's first album to be released following this period and the songs were written in the gardens of the El Retiro, over beers and tapas at Restaraunte Padron, in a one room apartment on San Bernardo, Malasana, and from a haunted 16th century farm house in Andalusia, overlooking North Africa.
After coming back to Canada the band retreated to their home on the West Coast, and their studio on Galiano Island; an island of less than 1000 people off the coast of British Columbia. It was here that the band began piecing the last two years back together and started the recording process.
The album was completed with Thom Darcy at Taurus Recording, Toronto, Steve Bays at Tugboat Studios, Vancouver, and mixed by Tony Hoffer.
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The 13-track album is a deeply personal proposition on dating in the digital age. Critical Hit channels the varying emotions experienced while navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of today; It's sometimes tenuous, sometimes depressing, and sometimes jubilant. "It's hard to do a song by song breakdown, because as much sarcasm and wit as there is on this record, there is some intensely private shit in the lyrics too, and sometimes the vibe is just more our obsession with synthesizers and drum machines, aesthetics over lyrics," vocalist Jeff Innes says.
The Vancouver-based bands' JUNO Award nominated album Tiger Talk (2012) spawned the Alternative hit "Stairway" and cemented their place in the Alternative Rock landscape. On Blonde (2015) featured the Alternative hits "Saturday Night" (peaked #11) and “I Wanna Be Your Man” (peaked #12) and garnered rave reviews from Spin Magazine, PASTE, Buzzfeed, BBC, and more.
CRITICAL HIT TRACKLIST
1. Too Close To Love
2. Love The Way You Are
3. Emotional Blackmail
5. Hardly Even There
6. Feeling Digital
7. Summer in July
9. The Bluffs
10. Painting on a Smile
11. Dear Nancy
12. This Is Spain
13. Ritual Off The Docks
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