Rae Spoon won us over with the deeply personal 2013 LP My Prairie Home, which explored the musician's complicated childhood in Alberta and even went on to become the subject of a documentary of the same name. Next year, however, will see a brand new record from the singer-songwriter. Armour is due out on February 19 through Spoon's own Coax Records.
It was self-produced and recorded at Calgary's Arch Audio Studio, though the process behind the new album was a bit more wide-reaching — it was written over the span of a couple of years and three cities.
"I had a couple of really hard years after My Prairie Home came out," Spoon explained in a press release. "It left me with a lot of questions about how I was going to live with trauma after I was so open about it on screen. At the same time I fell in love and got married. The experience of choosing hope over despair really plays itself out in the lyrics."
The forthcoming record hears Spoon combining organic and electronic sounds, experimenting with analog synths and electronic music programming, in addition to the more standard guitar and vocals.
Bringing together messages of both hope and despair, Armour sets out to come to terms with the fact that "there is no instruction manual for healthy adulthood." The full tracklisting can be found below, along with a list of just announced live dates. Beyond those, hit play to give lead track "I Hear Them Calling" a listen.
2. I Hear Them Calling
3. Written Across The Sky
4. Can't Go Right
5. Wrestles With Death
6. Stolen Song
7. The Beast Is Me
9. Go For The Kill
10. Try Again At Everything
02/16 Calgary, AB - The Ironwood
02/17Edmonton, AB - The Mercury Room
02/18 Saskatoon, SK - TBA
02/20 Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will
02/21 Brandon, MB - TBA
02/25 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
02/26 Ottawa, ON - Pressed Cafe
02/27 Kingston, ON - The Artel
02/28 Toronto, ON - Holy Oak
02/29 Toronto, ON - Holy Oak
03/03 St John's, NL - The Ship
03/04 Halifax, NS - The Company House
03/11 Galiano Island, BC - TBA
03/13 Vancouver, BC - Skinny Fat Jacks