Listen to Royal Canoe’s eclectic new single, “Birthday”

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 Listen to Royal Canoes eclectic new single, Birthday

It was nearly a year ago that Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe first came to my attention at CMJ. Their intricate stage show was a hodgepodge of joyous moments, the six members bouncing hither and tither, turning this knob and pressing that other peddle, to create genre-less collages of pop sounds. Now, finally, the band has canned that live sonic science experiment for their 12-track debut full-length, Today We’re Believers, out September 3rd on Roll Call Records (Nevado Records in their home Canada).

New single “Birthday” shows just what kind of elixirs these gents mix up in the booth. The first forty seconds play like a minimalist Vampire Weekend on a rhythmic backbone. With a a sudden bowing of strings, the concoction starts bubbling with xylophones and twinkling synths. Similarly, the color of the vocals shift, leaving behind Temper Trap-esque highs for jittery raps over Menomena beats. Of course, all those reference points are merely descriptors, and the final compound that Royal Canoe comes up with is entirely their own.

Pre-orders for Today We’re Believers are currently on-going.

Today We’re Believers Tracklist:
01. Today We’re Believers
02. Hold on to the Metal
03. Just Enough
04. Exodus of the Year
05. Bathtubs
06. Button Fumbla
07. Show Me Your Eyes
08. Birthday
09. Nightcrawlin
10. Stemming
11. Light
12. If I Had a House

n support of the release, Royal Canoe will hit the road with Alt-J, Tricky, and !!! over the next few months.

Royal Canoe 2013 Tour Dates:
08/22 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Park Theatre
08/23 – Winnipeg, MB @ Union Sound Hall
08/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium *
08/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium *
08/29 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
08/30 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater *
09/01 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum *
09/03 – Victoria, BC @ Lucky Bar
09/05 – Portland, OR @ Music Fest NW ^
09/07 – Calgary, AB @ The Gateway
09/08 – Edmonton, AB @ The ARTery
09/09 – Saskatoon, SK @ Louis’ Pub
09/14 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom *
09/23 – Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
09/25 – Geulph, ON @ University Centre Courtyard
09/26 – Peterborough, ON @ The Red Dog
09/28 – Montreal, QC @ POP MONTREAL
10/01 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer %
10/02 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall %
10/03 – Boston, MA @ Royale %
10/05 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall %
10/06 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club %
10/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue %
10/09 – Chicago, IL @ Metro %
10/10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom %
10/12 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues %
10/13 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues %
10/14 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s %
10/16 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre %
10/17 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre %
10/22 – Ottawa, ON @ National Arts Center
10/23 – Quebec City, QC @ Le Cercle
10/30-11/03 – Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airwaves Festival

* = w/ Alt-J
^ = w/ !!!
% = w/ Tricky

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