RALEIGH’s upcoming, new album Powerhouse Bloom out September 29, is a record by a band who has found their voice, deconstructed it, and is continuing to evolve. The seeds of this album were planted by band members, Clea Anaïs, Brock Geiger, Matt Doherty and Will Maclellan during a famed Independent Band Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, set in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. The band gave themselves an infinite deadline to finish the album allowing themselves the headspace and open ended creativity to construct 9 tracks that focus on sonic experimentation and succeeded.
Throughout the process of recording the album the band workshopped with a gaggle of Canadian indie rock big wigs. Producers Brendan Canning, Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene, along with a different engineer, Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes/Weezer), Graham Lessard (Timber Timbre/Plants and Animals) and Nyles Spencer (Tragically Hip/Broken Social Scene), each day. How do we get our hands on that black book?
On their debut single, “Costume Party” Lessard and Spencer were brought back on board to mix, along with Scott Munro (Vietcong/Preoccupations). The track opens with an erie arrangement of sounds that build into a perfectly soft rhythm driven by a hypnotic drum beat. The vocal starts with the incredible lyric, “When did rock n’ roll become a costume party”, which has so many meanings but also describes the song in the best way. The song starts out disguised as a mix of sounds that once you peel away, you’re left with a great art-rock track that you’ll want on your August playlist. You know, because it’s almost the end of the month and you gotta start thinking about the future!
Everything about this song is tongue in cheek. It evolved out of a dramatic, 3D sounding, Buffalo Bill-vibe dance track into the very thing that the song is making fun of. The lyrics are a bit of a stab at the prima donna rock star character that can be more of an out of touch fashion than artistic form.
Listen to “Costume Party” below: