Published Oct 12, 2017Canadian folk-rock mainstays Skydiggers return with their latest LP Warmth of the Sun next week, but Exclaim! is giving you an exclusive early listen to the album right now.
The record marks the follow-up to last year's cover-heavy Here Without You and finds the band — composed of a current lineup that boasts Andy Maize, Josh Finlayson, Derrick Brady, Noel Webb, Jessy Bell Smith and Aaron Comeau — returning to plenty of new original material. That said, it does also feature renditions of the Tragically Hip's "The Rock" and the Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe."
The album was recorded mostly live-off-the-floor with producer Michael Timmins, capturing both the urgency and intimacy of the music. According to a press release, the songs serve as an incredibly timely "plea for compassion, honesty, healing and reckoning with the truth."
"It's a privilege to have had this opportunity to share our music with people for so many years," Finlayson said in a statement. "Warmth of the Sun reflects our lives right now, and we're lucky to share it with people and let it become part of their lives."
Let the record become a part of your listening life right now in the player below. Warmth of the Sun officially arrives on October 20 via Latent Recordings.
11/15 Winnipeg, MB - West End Cultural Centre
11/16 Calgary, AB - The Ironwood
11/17 Calgary, AB - The Ironwood
11/18 Edmonton, AB - The Needle Vinyl Tavern
11/20 Saskatoon, SK - The Broadway Theatre
11/29 Peterborough, ON - Market Hall *
12/01 Kingston, ON - Isabel Bader Theatre #
12/06 London, ON - Aeolian Hall *
12/07 Kitchener, ON - Centre In The Square *
12/08 Hamilton, ON - Hamilton Public Library *
12/14 Meaford, ON - Meaford Hall *
12/15 Barrie, ON - Mavrick's Music Hall *
12/16 Gravenhurst, ON - Gravenhurst Opera House *
12/20 Ottawa, ON - NAC Studio Hall *
12/22 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern *
12/23 Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern *
* A Skydiggers Christmas
# A Skydiggers & Friends Christmas – Fundraiser for Kingston Hospice