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Island of Echoes

by The Wilderness of Manitoba

“A sky full of CSN harmonies twinkling in the leftover light of U2, shining against softly triumphant drums.” Globe & Mail
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Balloon Lamp
1:09 $0.99
2. Morning Sun
4:32 $0.99
3. Echoes
4:10 $0.99
4. The First Snowfall
5:24 $0.99
5. The Aral Sea/Southern Winds
5:29 $0.99
6. Chasing Horses
4:04 $0.99
7. White Woods
3:34 $0.99
8. Golden Thyme
5:43 $0.99
9. A Year in Its Passing
3:18 $0.99
10. Glory Days
2:23 $0.99
11. Island of the Day Before
4:53 $0.99
12. The Escape
3:49 $0.99
13. Northern Drives
2:32 $0.99
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Album Notes
Produced by the Wilderness of Manitoba and Graham Stairs
Recorded and mixed by Joe Dunphy at Revolution Recording, Toronto
Additional recording by the Wilderness of Manitoba at Delaware House, Toronto
Northern Drives recorded by Leon Taheny at Candle Recording, Toronto
Mastered by Joao Carvalho, Joao Carvalho Mastering, Toronto
Illustration by Sean Lewis, Toronto

The Wilderness of Manitoba are....
Will Whitwham - Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Organ, Synth, Balalaika
Scott Bouwmeester - Vocals, Bass, Trumpet, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion
Amanda Balsys - Vocals, Violin, Percussion
Stefan Banjevic - Vocals, Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Lap Steel, Banjo, Cello, Violin, Mandolin
Sean Lancaric - Drums, Percussion


“This album is gorgeous. By track three of the album you should already be hooked for the whole experience. You have to hand it to the Wilderness of Manitoba, rather than just rest on their laurels and continue to deliver the same experience album after album, the band can try out something new with confidence and put together a fantastic collection like Island of Echoes.” Grayowl Point

“Over the course of their three releases, the band has constantly impressed me with their ability to write new songs that sound like they’ve been in existence forever. Echoes pulses with plugged in guitars, vibrates with a heart warming hum. Without giving up the charms of Hymns of Love and Spirits and When You Left The Fire, Island of Echoes flexes muscles that I never knew the band had. Their time on the road has been well spent.” Quick Before It Melts

“Their trademark lavish vocals, reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac or, more recently, fellow Torontonians Great Lake Swimmers, play well to the powerfully sweeping instrumentation. Island of Echoes provides us with depth, and it forces listeners to work a bit harder and peel away at each layered track. It just keeps getting better and better. Simply put: flawlessly poetic.” Post City

“The Wilderness of Manitoba sounds like a cross between Neil Young and the Decemberists, and the anthemic “Morning Sun” would make for a nice, relaxing wake up call with its impressive chorus, increasing energy.” Vue Weekly

“Ethereally atmospheric as it is, Island Of Echoes is identified by The Wilderness Of Manitoba’s harmonies, which establish themselves immediately with Morning Sun, which recalls Yes’s Your Move and then wanders into Crosby Stills And Nash territory. At its gentlest, the band still relies on harmony, sounding like Simon And Garfunkel on Chasing Horses. A further influence on the band is Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, which reinforces a West Coast ’70s pop-rock sound.” The Province

“Island Of Echoes, the third offering from local folk-rockers the Wilderness of Manitoba, ranges from Rheostatics-like experimentation to intimate dream folk to Aral Sea/Southern Winds, which begins with balalaika and ends with a noisy synth solo.” NOW Magazine

“The shimmering song, Morning Sun, is anchored by shakers, a mellow drum beat, and echoing guitar drones. The emphasis here is on the vocal harmonies, which are lush and sound halfway between Laurel Canyon-style folk and a full-blown choir. The momentum eventually builds and the track culminates with some quick-fingered guitar leads.” Exclaim Magazine

“Though they hail from the big city of Toronto, the five members of the Wilderness of Manitoba manage to perfectly capture the essence of their name in their latest release, Island of Echoes. After two years of touring, including stints in the U.S. and Europe, it’s clear that the Wilderness of Manitoba were eager to embrace their roots with a vivid and truly Canadian album. From the soft piano notes on the opener, “Balloon Lamp,” which leads quickly into the wonderfully ’70s folk-esque, “Morning Sun,” to the final strum of the guitar on “Northern Drives,” Island of Echoes is a truly enjoyable album.” Beatroute

“More upbeat and powerful than some of their earlier music, Island of Echoes is a perfect example of where the genre of folk is going. Just because the Wilderness of Manitoba picked up the pace on their new album, they certainly did not forget how to make a classic, melodic folk song. There are hints of folk in each cut because at heart, the Wilderness of Manitoba is truly a folk band. Their new album didn’t steer away from folk – it just steered it in a new, possibly better, direction.” MVREMIX

“This Toronto-based five piece ranges well beyond a single reference point, both here and on the first-rate follow-up to 2010’s exceptional When You Left the Fire. One to watch, once again.” Toronto Star

“Beautiful harmonies and soundscapes moulded by the omnipresent yet ever changing geography that surrounds them. That is how one could summarize Islands of Echoes, the latest album by ethereal Toronto folk band The Wilderness of Manitoba. What makes this album different, from both its contemporaries and the band’s prior offerings, is that there is immediacy to it.” Earbuds and Ticket Stubs

“Halfway between folk and progressive chamber pop, Island of Echoes allows The Wilderness of Manitoba’s vocal harmonies to soar. The band offers a film that surprises us with its many musical qualities and is a captivating listen.” 500 KHZ



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