Deep Dark Woods - "Deep Flooding Waters" (Six Shooter Records): This highly-regarded folk-rock band from Saskatoon has just released its new album, Yarrow, its first record in over four years. It has quickly generated very favourable reviews in such publications as Uncut and Q.
Over the past decade and five previous albums, the twice Juno-nominated DDW has created a sound that is readily identifiable, one built around the haunting vocals and poetic songs of leader Ryan Boldt. This new focus track captures those characteristics in a mournful song written by Boldt while trapped in a hotel in Canmore, Alberta, during extreme flooding in 2013. The harmony vocals of Kacy (of psychedelic folk duo Kacy & Clayton) mesh neatly, as does the video's evocative black and white footage of an earlier flood.
Tunes about floods are familiar in the folk music tradition that has long inspired Boldt, and this is a worthy addition to that canon.
He co-produced Yarrow with another prominent Western Canadian artist Shuyler Jansen (Old Reliable), and the album also features guitars and vocals from Kacy & Clayton.
Deep Dark Woods have made inroads in the US, earning a nomination alongside Alabama Shakes and Dawes for Emerging Artist of the Year at the 2012 Americana Music Awards. The group will tour extensively there in the New Year. A ten-city tour in Ontario and Quebec begins tonight (Nov. 1) at District in Guelph, and includes a Nov. 3 Toronto show at The Great Hall. A full itinerary here