Edmonton-based husband-and-wife duo 100 mile house return with their latest LP Hiraeth next week, but Exclaim! is streaming the record in its entirety right now.
The 13-song offering marks the pair's fourth studio album, and it came together after three years of living on the road. Bringing together an eclectic, folksy mix of acoustic guitar, piano, ever-present vocal harmonies between Peter Stone and Denise MacKay and even a sometimes-present choir, the new music hears 100 mile house opening a window into their lives.
Hiraeth is a Welsh word that vaguely translates as "a sense of nostalgia and longing for a place or person that may have never existed," and that feeling emerges through songs that explore losing a loved one ("Hidden Springs") and the challenges of starting a family ("Last Branch"), as well as deep fears and the ability to find hope in those dark places.
Across the album, the sound ranges from lush and lively upbeat numbers to more haunting moments of shadows and sadness — a reflection of the two-piece's ability to take the ups and downs of life and spin them into song.
Hiraeth is officially out on November 18, and you can see the group's upcoming live dates listed below. Beyond those, hit play to hear the new record a whole week early.
11/18 Calgary, AB – Fesitval Hall
11/20 Edmonton, AB – L'UniThéâtre at La Cité Francophone
12/02 Toronto, ON – The Painted Lad