Published May 12, 2014Yukon Blonde frontman Jeffrey Innes recently took a break from full-time duties with his bandmates to shoot off some solo recordings, bringing forth synth-touched textures as High Ends.
Details on the project are only starting to surface, but a press release explains that the impetus for Innes's latest project was a temporary break from Yukon Blonde during the second half of 2013, following the band's promo run behind Tiger Talk. The free time apparently left the songwriter itching to produce some new material. While the intention was to rope in a number of pals, the analogue synth-driven work was apparently mostly done solo.
"I initially wanted to do something that was really collaborative, so I wrote a bunch of songs with the idea of bringing friends in," Innes said in a statement. "But all of my friends were on tour, so I ended up doing it myself."
That said, the artist did manage to get a cast of collaborators on board for recording sessions at producer Colin Stewart's home studio on Vancouver Island. This includes Ladyhawk guitarist Darcy Hancock, Gold & Youth's Jeff Mitchelmore on percussion, and both Louise Burns and New Pornographer Kathryn Calder on backup vocals.
Details have yet to be unveiled behind any sort of High Ends release, which will arrive via Dine Alone, but the project has premiered a track called "The Weight," which you can hear down below. New tunes will also be heard next month at a series of Alberta-based dates with Library Voices. You'll find the details below as well.
6/16 Red Deer, AB - Bo's Bar & Grill*
6/17 Canmore, AB - Communitea*
6/18 Lethbridge, AB - The Slice*
6/19 Calgary, AB - Sled Island
6/20 Edmonton, AB - The ARTery*
* with Library Voices