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Fossil Cliffs return with Enter The Realm – available NOW!

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Formed in 2014, Fossil Cliffs began as a vehicle of expression for frontman Mike D’Eon (Kuato). Following the release of the self-titled EP on which D’Eon recorded all the instruments, he enlisted some of his fellow Acadian Embassy denizens (members of Quiet Parade & Dance Movie) to fill out the rest of the line up. Together they hunkered in the basement of the Embassy and at Halifax’s renowned Echo Chamber to record their debut LP, Enter the Realm.

Hazy guitars and keyboards hand-in-hand with crisp punctual sludge-pop rhythms characterize a unique sound on Enter the Realm. Songs like “Tearing My Heart Out” feature bass lines filled with gusto that draw comparisons to Black Mountain’s sludgier side. Fossil Cliffs show their influences on “Federation Law,” with Black Lips-like twangy riffs and experimental keyboards that create a delirium over steady rock n’ roll rhythms.

Enter the Realm is available today in the Acadian Embassy Store.

WATCH: Fossil Cliffs – “Federation Law”

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Quiet Parade releases self-titled album on September 18…shares video for new single and announces tour dates

QuietParade-FrontCoverQuiet Parade releases their new, self-titled album on Friday, September 18 via Acadian Embassy. Watch the video for the full-length’s lead single, “We Were Here, HERE or below. In support of the new record, the band embarks on an Eastern Canadian tour. Dates are as follows:

September 12 - Charlottetown, PE @ Fishbone’s
September 17 - Toronto, ON @ The Burdock Music Hall
September 18 - Hamilton, ON @ Homegrown Hamilton
September 19 - Wakefield, QC @ The Blacksheep Inn
September 20 - Sackville, NB @ Thunder & Lightning
November 20 - Halifax, NS @ The Seahorse Tavern

Like the music itself, Quiet Parade’s evolution has moved in a slow crescendo, steadily but insistently building on a foundation of nostalgia and longing, to create songs that are as forward-looking melodically as they are lyrically wistful, a carefully cultivated combination of folk-pop music. Quiet Parade marched to life as a solo project for Trevor Murphy, but on this self-titled full-length, the Halifax fog-rock unit steps forward together.

Recorded and produced by award-winning producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn GrantThe Fortunate OnesOh Pep) at Echo LakeQuiet Parade is steeped in winding guitar lines, fading choruses, insistent percussion, and words that go straight for the heart. It’s an album for late-night drives and early morning walks, on headphones at a whisper and stereos turned up loud.

While Murphy has always had a steady hand on his own memories, the mood here is wider, wiser, more confident—even when admitting its mistakes. Debut single “We Were Here” evokes Plans-era Death Cab For Cutie, with its mid-tempo stumble through a sleeping town, its soaring chorus the promise of legacy. The upbeat piano line in“Heavy Winter” belies the lyrics’ sense of loss and confusion, while propulsive percussion keeps heads above water in “Ancestors. In “City of the Dead”—”we’re all born and bred/to be liars“—we wait for help that maybe never comes, or could be caught on the back of the whoa-oh-ohs stitched underneath. “Light Back Home” wears its honesty boldly, offering apologies and solutions in equal measure.

Pre-order the album right now in the Acadian Embassy store.

Learn more about Quiet Parade HERE.

The End Of An Era: Saying Goodbye To The House That Started It All

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When people ask where the name Acadian Embassy comes from, the answer is always the same: “it was the name of our house.”

What started as a simple nickname for the little yellow bungalow on Micmac Street quickly developed into so much more.

At its heart, the name reflects a strong sense of community and carries with it a vibrant philosophy that keeps us all intrinsically connected – we build together, create together, learn together, fuck up together, grow together.

This undercurrent runs deep in the walls of this house.

Over the last five years, this place was many things to many people: an office, a rehearsal space (sorry Nicole!), a warehouse, a place to stay for traveling bands and friends, a prime location for many video shoots, a recording facility, a host for several backyard, basement, & living room concerts, a ground zero for some of the most epic neighbourhood-wide water balloon fights, a home.

Here we have learned so much not only about who we are and what we do, but also about what we’re capable of doing. As musicians, industry professionals, friends, and community-oriented people, this little house was a breeding ground for ideas, creativity, support, and trust. We carry these things with us as we move Embassy HQ to a new space, but it is this original location – both in a physical and metaphysical way – that started it all for Acadian Embassy.

Thus, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye.

Au revoir old friend. Long may you remain in our memories.

Keep an eye on Les for us, would you?

 

Stream Rain Over St. Ambrose’s New Album, Still Waking Up, On AUX

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A week before it’s official release on June 16, Still Waking Up, the new album from Rain Over St. Ambrose, is streaming in its entirety exclusively on AUX. Stream the album HERE.

“Still Waking Up, the follow-up to 2012’s Truth for News was recorded in Riverport, Nova Scotia by Wintersleep’s Tim D’Eon, and follows the tried-and-true St. Ambrose blueprint of chunky guitars and fist-pumping choruses, all topped off with singer Cory LeBlanc’s gutsy howl,” the blog writes.

“Still Waking Up‘s rockier offerings like ’29 Takes,’ ‘Talk Talk Talk,’ and the title track sound like Frankie Stubbs from Leatherface fronting British Sea Power, while ’1×1′ calls to mind a grittier, Cancon Heartbreakers – Stompin’ Tom Petty. Still Waking Up and Rain Over St. Ambrose exist at the intersection of edginess, authenticity, and approachability.”

Order your copy of Still Waking Up by paying a visit to our STORE.

Pre-Order The New Rain Over St. Ambrose Album, Still Waking Up

ROSA-StillWakingUp-Cover-TempRain Over St. Ambrose returns with their new full-length album, Still Waking Up, on June 16.

Pre-order the album now by clicking HERE, visiting our STORE, or by clicking the Still Waking Up pre-order links on your right (just over here under the album cover —>).

Drenched in coastal haze, Still Waking Up pulsates with an urgent thunderous drive. The sophomore full-length from Rain Over St. Ambrose reverberates with anthemic sing-alongs, swampy fuzzed-out riff rock, and swirling synths. From the buzzsaw guitars of “29 Takes, to the falsetto backups on the hook-heavy “Petty Thief, to the stoner-infused breaks on “Broken Love” and “Death of a Salesman,” the album is enormous in tone and uninhibited in its approach. Raw, contemplative, and feverish, Still Waking Up once again showcases the band’s commitment to “honest, from-the-gut rock and roll” (The Chronicle Herald).

Produced by Tim D’Eon (Wintersleep) and recorded by Diego Medina at the Old Confidence Lodge in Riverport, NS, the album was mixed at the Castle of Doom in Scotland by Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle and Sebastien, Hey Rosetta!) and mastered at Sterling Audio in New York by Greg Calbi (War on Drugs, St. Vincent, Paul Simon).

When you pre-order the album, you’ll get an immediate download of the single “Broken Love,” and a digital download link sent your way on June 16. If you’re ordering a CD, albums will be sent out on or before June 16.

Behind The Scenes of Quiet Parade’s “Partons La Mer Est Belle”

In March 2015, Quiet Parade recorded a reimagined version of the classic Acadian song “Partons la mer est belle” for Régénération Musicale, a unique compilation of 13 Nova Scotian artists offering contemporary interpretations of traditional Acadian songs.

The album, distributed as a project from FéCANE, is available on Thursday, April 30. The band performs at the album release, which is taking place at Nectar Restaurant and Wine Bar from 4pm-7pm that day.

Until then, watch a behind the scenes mini-doc that follows Quiet Parade in studio during the recording of the track.

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Version Francophone:

For more information about Régénération Musicale, click HERE or visit www.fecane.ca

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