Published Feb 14, 2011Toronto folksters the Wilderness of Manitoba had a stellar 2010, what with their debut LP When You Left the Fire achieving critical acclaim and the band taking off on a number of successful tours. If you haven't yet latched onto their rustic country-flecked tunes, you're in luck. The group recently re-released their debut EP Hymns of Love & Spirits.
A press release explains that the reissue of the 2009 EP was released by Verite Records on February 1 and features three brand-new recordings to edge out the set. Complementing the older cuts are "Softly & Tenderly," a revamped version of "Dreamcatchers" and "Mother Song." The last of those was written by the band during the same time period as the rest of the EP, yet was never recorded until now.
You can download "Mother Song" here.
Of the set, multi-instrumentalist Scott Bouwmeester said in a statement, "The reissue of Hymns of Love & Spirits has brought it full circle. It was an engaging process to add and re-approach certain songs. However, we always kept this simple fact in mind, 'You can take the album out of the basement, but you can't take the basement out of the album.'"
In addition to the re-release of their early EP, the Wilderness of Manitoba are gearing up for the U.S. release of When You Left the Fire. While it will feature no bonus tracks, the record will be unveiled stateside May 10 through tinyOGRE Entertainment.
Hymns of Love & Spirits:
3. "Crow's Feet"
4. "Victoria Day"
7. "The Great Hall"
8. "Mother Song"
9. "Softly and Tenderly"
10. "Dreamcatchers" (new version)