Published Mar 10, 2014Since their formation back in 2005, laid-back New Brunswick roots rockers the Olympic Symphonium have gone for gold with three albums' worth of contemplative indie folk. But, much like Patrick Chan and Elvis Stojko before them, the band aren't content to simply rest on their laurels. Their fourth full-length effort, Chance to Fate, arrives March 18 through Forward Music Group. Until then, stream the album in full on Exclaim.ca.
Recorded over four days at the Salty Towers Inn and produced by Joshua Van Tassel (Great Lake Swimmers, David Myles), Chance to Fate finds the atmospheric quartet ruminating on such complex ideas as life, loss, love and spirituality. Starting out with the slow-burning "Seize the Day," the band mine a treasure trove of mellow folk-rock gold over 11 tracks, providing lap steel-assisted slow jams ("Sacred Son"), sinewy country songs ("Jasper") and muscular soft rock ("Stronger," the album's title-track).
Hear for yourself by listening to the Olympic Symphonium's new LP in the player below, which you can find underneath the band's upcoming tour schedule.
If you like what you hear, don't forget to pre-order the album over on the group's Bandcamp page, which includes an exclusive remix EP featuring Michael Feuerstack (Snailhouse), Tim Crabtree (Paper Beat Scissors) and Joshua Van Tassel.
04/04-05 Charlottetown, PE - East Coast Music Week
04/11 Quebec City, QC - L'Agitee
04/12 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
04/13 Toronto, ON - The Piston *
04/15 Boston, MA - Club Passim
04/16 Biddleford, ME - The Oak & The Ax
04/17 Montreal, QC - Casa Del Popolo
04/18 Ottawa, ON - Pressed
04/19 Burlington, VT - Nectar's
05/01 Saint John, NB - Park Ave. United Church
05/02 Fredericton, NB - Wilmot United Church
05/03 Halifax, NS - Sonic Temple
05/16 St. Andrews, NB - Paddlefest
* with Michael Feuerstac