The Acorn announce spring tour of Ontario and Quebec. Band completes new video for No Ghost’s ‘Misplaced’.

The Acorn announce spring tour of Ontario and Quebec. Band completes new video for No Ghost’s ‘Misplaced’.

Toronto — Ottawa’s The Acorn are pleased to announce a six-date spring tour of Ontario and Quebec. The tour will start in Kingston on April 20th and includes a two-night stand at Wakefield’s The Black Sheep Inn. Support on the dates will come from Evening Hymns (full list of dates below). The Acorn have also just completed a stunning new video for ‘Misplaced’. The breathtaking video, directed by The Greater Good, was shot on a frozen lake in Ontario’s Sand Banks National Park. Check out the stills below.

In the summer of 2009 the band isolated themselves at a cottage in Northern Quebec to begin work on what was to become their most recent album No Ghost. Although unplanned, this album represents the closing of a trilogy that began with their debut album, The Pink Ghosts (2004), and their Blankets & Tin Fist EPs in 2005 and 2006, respectively.

Songs took shape at all hours, crafted from hazy late-night improvisations and early morning melodies pulled from the thinning threads of sleep. Modernity clashed with the bucolic via exploratory percussion, feedback, acoustic textures and the natural surrounding sounds. The band then traded trees for telephone poles to finish recording in a sweltering heatwave at Montreal’s Treatment Room Studios (Plants & Animals, Angela Desveaux). There, the breezy ease of rural surrounds was buried under sweat-caked skin and cracked asphalt, birdsong drowned out by thick air and engine hum.

Free from the emotional weightiness of Glory Hope Mountain’s highly personal material, No Ghost features the levity and spontaneity reminiscent of The Acorn’s infamous live shows, all the while showcasing Rolf Klausener’s literate and vivid lyrics. Swathed in Talk Talk-esque spaciousness and atmospheric feedback reminiscent of early Yo La Tengo or Crazy Horse, No Ghost is a fitting soundtrack to both the tranquillity of the country, and the sodium-lamp lit romance of city nights.

The end restult is a recording swaddled in dichotomy: togetherness and isolation, acoustic and electric, destruction and restoration.

The Acorn Spring 2011 Tour Dates
April 20 | Kingston, ON @ The Grad Club
April 22 | Wakefield, QC @ The Black Sheep Inn
April 23 | Wakefield, QC @ The Black Sheep Inn
April 24 | Burnstown, ON @ Neat Coffee Shop
April 26 | Hamilton, ON @ Casbah
April 27 | Waterloo, ON @ The Starlite
April 28 | Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe Tavern

What people are saying about No Ghost:

The Acorn’s UK debut, ‘Glory Hope Mountain’, was one of 2008’s under-appreciated gems – a certain Guy Garvey thought so, naming it as one of his favourite LPs of that year. ‘No Ghost’ continues in the same glorious, uplifting vein. – NME

For anyone who fretted that Glory Hope Mountain might have been a beautiful fluke, No Ghost confirms The Acorn’s credentials, building thrillingly on the band’s ability to access a variety of moods and textures…There’s always been muscle in The Acorn’s music, now it’s simply more pronounced. – Uncut Magazine

The Acorn have easily bettered Glory Hope Mountain with No Ghost, but this is something that will not be fully realised with the first listen. It feels in some respects like an extension rather than a dramatic progession of their previous album, full of a sense of familiarity and welcome. Clocking in just over 37 minutes, there is also brevity here, which in a way is a good thing. There is no fat on this album, no useless gristle, just a collection of eleven well-honed, beautiful songs. – The Line Of Best Fit

…the album thrives on its warmth and intimacy, the airy harmonies and loose, unfussy jamming exuding an earthy coziness. It shows that, whether serenading a lover or cutting loose with a paisleytinged guitar jam, the Acorn has written the perfect soundtrack for your laid-back summer evenings. – Georgia Straight

Cynics might argue about the familiar sounds on No Ghost and may perhaps point to the absence of anything truly experimental like the West African rhythms of their previous albums. What they lack in originality, however, The Acorn make up for in non-pretentious songcraft; dynamic arrangements, affecting melodies and harmonies and tasteful production. One of the most understated and, in all likelihood, underrated gems of the year so far. – Drowned In Sound

The result is an earnest, yet loose, batch of dynamic tunes forming one of the cheeriest Acorn albums in years. – Exclaim!

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