Published Sep 14, 2016Royal Canoe are one of those bands that are nearly impossible to be on the fence about. For those that love them, their musical output is damn hard to find fault with.
Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit is the latest release from the Winnipeg sextet, after three long years in between. As if to shatter expectations set by prior releases, there's a complete unpredictability to the movement and execution of their songs here, which often seem temporarily settled, only to then veer off and head for entirely uncharted territory. It's orchestral, theatrical, experimental — percussion that comes from attaching contact mics to water bottles, or filtering synths through beluga whale field recordings — an album of substantial growth that builds on the already excellent predecessor, Today We're Believers.
From the walking bass line followed by distorted synths and an orchestral swell on single "Somersault" to the chipper opening plink of keys on "Holidays" that turn into a sinister mash of distressed horns, frenetic guitar and haunting blown-out synths, Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit presents a sound all their own that's distinct and, for the most part, unparalleled. (Nevado)