Powerhouse Bloom marks the break of a four-year album hiatus for Calgary band Raleigh. The band is returning with their new record, one that is “considered and intentional, with a focus on sonic experimentation and using the studio as an instrument.” The new album marks a new, more developed stage for Raleigh. It was born out of collaborations with other artists as well as self-reflection, experimentation, and a heavy respect for the arts.
Powerhouse Bloom‘s first single, “Costume Party,” was released in July, giving us a sneak peek of what to expect with their new sound.
“Everything about this song is tongue in cheek. It evolves out of a dramatic, 3D sounding, Buffalo Bill-vibed dance track into the very thing that the lyrics are making fun of… (Though it is a super fun guitar solo to play.) The lyrics are a bit of a stab at the primadonna rockstar character that is more of an out of touch fashion than artistic form.”
Stream Powerhouse Bloom below. The album will officially drop on September 29.
The album was conceived at the Independent Band Residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, where the band workshopped with 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.
You can catch Raleigh live in a number of Canadian cities this fall.
10/16 – Peterborough, ON @ The Garnet
10/17 – Hamilton, ON @ This Ain’t Hollywood
10/18 – Montreal, PQ @ Le Cagibi
10/19 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G
10/20 – Quebec, PQ @ Le Pantoum
10/26 – Calgary, AB @ Ironwood