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Between Colours

by The Wilderness of Manitoba

“The earlier rootsy style of the Wilderness of Manitoba is replaced by a sophisticated, mature and lush sound a touch suggestive of peak-era Fleetwood Mac.” New Canadian Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Big Skies
5:33 $0.99
2. Leave Someone
4:12 $0.99
3. Disappearing
4:35 $0.99
4. Fade from My Light
3:35 $0.99
5. When You Go
3:43 $0.99
6. Shift
4:20 $0.99
7. Smoke Leaves a Trace
4:05 $0.99
8. Shadow Forgiveness
5:29 $0.99
9. Through Blue Light
4:20 $0.99
10. The Movement of Stars
5:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
Produced, Recorded & Mixed by Joe Dunphy at Revolution Recording, Toronto
Except Shift mixed by Joe Dunphy & Dave Bottrill
Mastered by Joao Carvalho at Joao Carvalho Mastering, Toronto
A&R by Graham Stairs
Cover painting by Sean Lewis

The Wilderness of Manitoba is....
Will Whitwham - Vocals, Guitars, Synths
Amanda Balsys - Vocals, Electric Guitar, Violin
Wes McClintock - Bass

Additional musicians....

Marito Marques - Drums, Kalimba
Tom Bona - Drums
Howie Beck - Drums
Jack Clow - Drums
Sean Lancaric - Roto Toms
Riley Bell - Guitar on The Movement Of Stars
Alex Lifeson - Guitar solo on Shift
Michael Philip Wojewoda - Theremin

Press Quotes:

“On Between Colours, the band has once again reinvented itself. This time around, they deployed dense, orchestral arrangements, ringing electric guitars, and swirling, shifting synthesizers. It is the first album in the band’s catalogue to feature two lead vocalists. On many songs, Whitwham, the band’s traditional lead singer, trades off with guitarist-violinist Amanda Balsys. It is by far the most ambitious album the Wilderness of Manitoba has ever made. It is also the strongest. Change can be risky in the notoriously fickle music business, but on their new album the Wilderness of Manitoba pushed themselves — and made something that is at once eclectic, engaging, and profound.” Verb magazine

“With every album they've released, the Wilderness of Manitoba has inched further out of the forest and deeper into the city. It's loud, it's percussive and, hell, it even features a guitar solo from Rush's Alex Lifeson. Most importantly, though, the direct and unapologetic songwriting (best displayed on single "Leave Someone") is both musically and lyrically on par with, if not an improvement on, the standard set by previous albums.” Exclaim magazine

“If you were familiar with local act the Wilderness of Manitoba from their earlier dreamy folk incarnation, you might be a tad surprised by the group’s latest effort, which makes its more rockist intentions clear right from synth-bolstered lead track Big Skies. The more upbeat sound – Rush’s Alex Lifeson even throws down one of his trademark searing guitar solos on Shift – suits TWoM’s evolution, but harmonies remain their strong suit: the songs featuring Whitwham’s soft croon paired with Balsys’s lilt work best, like lead single Leave Someone, with its hummable chorus.” NOW magazine

“Between Colours reaches for the sun and the stars, not to mention the backs of the bleachers. With that in mind, it does seem that this outfit has a bold future ahead of it. The greatest asset of a record such as Between Colours is that it is a telling reminder that Canadian rock has always been strong, and it just goes to show that, had this come out 30 years ago, we might be talking about the Wilderness of Manitoba in the same hushed tones as Canadian artists that paved the way for Canadians to sing about Canada for Canadians, if not to the rest of the world.” Pop Matters

“The fourth album from Toronto's the Wilderness of Manitoba starts to weave its spell from the first track, drawing the listener into its manifold sonic delights. The trio references all kinds of sounds -- from taut folk-rock to synth-laden, skyward-directed pop gems -- to create a coherent whole. Singer-songwriters Will Whitwham and Amanda Balsys trade lead vocals, and while Whitwham owns the sensitive, sweet-voiced edge, it is Balsys' earthy croon that will turn your head. When she opens up and gets going on her first showcase track, Fade From My Light, it's apparent there are few contenders to match her poise and range. It's the kind of vocal talent that makes you believe she could sing the telephone book, if there were still such a thing, and make it sound touching. Shadow Forgiveness is the best Neil Young song he never recorded, and you will know it from the opening guitar figure. At a mere 10 tracks, Between Colours satisfies, yet leaves you wanting even more.” Winnipeg Free Press

“If you’ve kept up with The Wilderness of Manitoba through the band’s evolution, the rock-centric sound of their latest album, Between Colours will seem like a natural progression. Between Colours is the work of a well-oiled trio intent on harnessing the indie rock energy around them and channeling it into the album’s 10 songs. What keeps me coming back to The Wilderness of Manitoba is that throughout their evolution and growth they’ve not shed one incarnation in favour of the next. Each new album has added a new layer–a new colour, if you will–on top of the last.” Quick Before It Melts

“The band has been galvanized by its metaphorical new blood as they bypass folk pretty much altogether and land squarely at rollicking, fervent rock.” All Around Sound

“The Wilderness of Manitoba is a Toronto-based trio that specializes in making atmospheric folk-rock with a tinge of Fleetwood Mac-inspired harmonies.” Consequence of Sound

“The standout on Between Colours is undoubtedly Amanda Balsys’ vocal. Deeper and much more changeable than her predecessor’s, she brings incredible potential to Manitoba’s music. It’s a testament to her impact that her solo efforts here are consistently successful tracks. At its core, her performance brings added variety to the album. The band is still at its best when it hones in on its harmonizing skills, but the effect here is different from past albums. Balsys’ deeper tone pairs well with Whitwham and encourages songs to take on a grittier aspect than they would have previously.” Spectrum Culture

“The Wilderness of Manitoba is sophisticated, textured indie-rock with soaring three-part harmonies.” Hamilton Spectator
“The newest record from Wilderness of Manitoba is a testament to experimentation gone right — a developing band finding its stride in the belly of a risk. The members and their hired studio guns expertly shape-shift their way through a body of work that pushes the boundaries of their own musical past.” Capilano Courier

“Certainly a band worth spending a lot of listening time with. The Toronto indie group continue to display a knack for great harmonies and complex pop soundscapes.” Calgary Herald

“Gorgeous harmonies and a distinct late-’70s AM radio vibe. Chase this album with a bit of Fleetwood Mac for the complete experience.” Prairie Dog

“Between Colours represents the essence of what an album should be: a milestone on the way to their creative process.” Quebec Spot

“What we have is desirable male and female lead vocals and a less roots and more progressive overall sound. Besides top-notch production, what makes this album a standout is very solid songwriting which pulls the listener into the disc without losing its grip.” Canadian Music Blog



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