Riverthieves | Soldier

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by Riverthieves

Soldier explores the Canadian military experience, past and present, considering soberly the cost of service, celebrating soldiering culture, and paying special tribute to family, home, loss and hockey.
Genre: Folk: Progressive Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. (I'm Not Going Drinking In) Georgetown
3:18 $0.99
2. Mats Sundin's Tears
4:31 $0.99
3. (Taking the Cougar To) Tarin Kowt
4:03 $0.99
4. Head Full of Fire
5:14 $0.99
5. Goodnight Eileen
3:49 $0.99
6. How Long Have I Been Sleeping
4:01 $0.99
7. McAuslan Awake
2:45 $0.99
8. Off to the Sea
4:07 $0.99
9. End Ex
2:40 $0.99
10. Leave the Other Two for Me
3:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Eight years and four operational tours after the release of their first album, Bandit Queen, the established Eastern Ontario indie-folk band, Riverthieves, has released Soldier in 2018. The dozen tracks that make up Soldier, each an original composition, break new ground musically and instrumentally for the sextet.

Instrumentally, the band’s usual line up of fiddle, guitar, whistle, mandolin, bass and bodhran has been augmented with some more unusual choices: distorted electric guitar and mandolin; jazz keyboard; the ephemeral EWI (Electronic Wind Instruments); and of course, the skirling of the bagpipes.

Some of the tracks like “I’m Not Going Drinking in Georgetown” and “Off to the Sea” will sound familiar to fans of the East-Coast, party-folk stylings of the ‘Thieves; however these contrast with the more contemplative “Mats Sundin’s Tears”, exploring Canadian nostalgia and the connections between soldier, home and hockey, and “Head Full of Fire” which riffs on what an on-line dating profile of a career soldier might consist. The WWII anthem “Goodnight Eileen” considers love in wartime. Some really dark matter gets a full airing: “How Long Have I Been Sleeping”, is a song considering recovery from trauma and the danger or self-harm and suicide; “Taking the Cougar to Tarin Kowt” comes close to protest, raging against the exploitation of soldiers’ courage, obedience and discipline.

The album was recorded in the band's airplane hangar in Carp Airport with the assistance of Mike Kay, and it was mixed by Chris Bradley.



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