Published Sep 16, 2019After breaking out last year with their starlight EP, nêhiyawak have shared details of their debut full-length album. The trio will release new LP nipiy through Arts & Crafts on October 24.
Twelve tracks in length, the album was produced by Colin Stewart (New Pornographers, Black Mountain, Destroyer). According to vocalist/guitarist Kris Harper, "nipiy is for those who don't seem to fit in for myriad of reasons. To inspire others to use their voice and to send messages to future generations."
nipiy translates to water, and begins and ends with pieces dedicated to kisiskâciwanisîpiy (North Saskatchewan River), a river that flows through amiskwaciy (Edmonton).
"There are many important ideas and teachings that we were raised with in our lives, but few more important than water," the trio note. "It's a modern conversation with complex meanings and understandings."
Alongside the announcement, nêhiyawak have shared first single "ôtênaw," which you can find alongside an album trailer below.
"ôtênaw means city in nêhiyawēwin," Harper explained. "There are things being spoken to that are directly about cities and how they dominate the social fabric across a plethora of cultures all over the world. Also trying to understand not only historical ways, but also the contemporary factors that lead to this apparatus as something that continues to work and also questioning what that work is. For instance, there is a major reference in the bridge about the creation of 'they': not only linguistically but also how that impacts the psychology of people who live in cities."
nipiy is now available for pre-order.
1. kisiskâciwanisîpiy pêyak
10. open window
12. kisiskâciwanisîpiy nîso
09/26 Hamilton, ON - McMaster University
10/04 Edmonton, AB - Aviary
10/05 Calgary, AB - King Eddy
10/06 Saskatoon, SK - Amigo's Cantina
12/05 Vancouver, BC - Museum of Anthropology
12/06 Victoria, BC - Lucky Bar