By Alex HudsonWith a career that stretches way back into the 1980s, Toronto's Skydiggers put out a career-spanning compilation back in 2009. That retrospective collection doesn't mean the band are done releasing new material, however, and on April 17 they will drop Northern Shore through Latent Recordings. Before the album officially arrives, you can preview the whole thing at Exclaim.ca.
According to a press release, this 15-song collection is "the most adventurous and varied of the group's 20-year-plus career." This means everything from simple acoustic tracks to more eclectic, studio-treated tracks.
Some of these were built using samples at home, while others were laid down during sessions at Blue Rodeo's Woodshed Studio in Toronto and the Tragically Hip's Bathouse Recording Studio in Kingston, ON. Saam Hashemi served as producer.
Skydiggers' diverse approach resulted in a surprisingly cohesive collection of songs that includes covers of Andrew Cash and Mickey Newbury. Singer Andy Maize said in a press release, "The desire was there to definitely make another recording, but there wasn't really a plan. We revisited older material that we had never gotten around to releasing, re-recorded older material that we've been playing in a new way with the current line-up of the band, and then came up with all this new material."
Listen to what the band have cooked up below. If you like what you hear, pre-order a copy here and check out the band's tour dates here.