RALEIGH – New Times In Black And White boy/girl duet vocals with cello, guitar and drum instrumentation

RALEIGH – New Times In Black And White boy/girl duet vocals with cello, guitar and drum instrumentation

Some of the most beautiful, enlightening music comes out of places where we least expect it. Frozen under a thick layer of snow and ice for eight months of the year, Calgary is often known as the birthplace of relentless, hard-nosed punk rock. But this kind of preconceived notion is of no use to Clea Anaïs and Brock Geiger, who first discovered each other through the city’s Devonian Gardens after Anaïs heard Geiger singing across a goldfish pond. It was this kind of natural, serendipitous meeting which eventually gave birth to Raleigh, a natural and serendipitous band if ever there was one. Rounded out by Matt Doherty, the trio is ready to present New Times In Black And White, their debut self-released album out on May 24th.

New Times In Black And White is a lush, tasteful listen that draws on the finer elements of earthy folk and chamber pop with delicate melodies that hold the whole thing together. All three members have spent time playing with illustrious company, including Woodpigeon, The Dojo Workhorse and The Dudes, and as evidenced here on the album they have not let this time pass them by. Each and every track is inflicted with the kind of tragic, rolling beauty that calls to mind the effortless grandeur of Fleet Foxes and Broken Social Scene.

“The trio’s music brings to mind flights of fancy and road trips through the mountains. Sweet melodies and light orchestration from Anaïs coupled with Geiger’s plucky folk, equals a musical delight.” – TransCanada Alberta Music Series

‘Godspeed’ evokes a certain emotional pain but eventually gives way to a stronger and more potent emotional resonance with a deft, undulating rhythm. ‘Marrow’ is bouncy enough, but never overbearing. ‘Drip’ showcases the band’s ability to make listeners weep with Anaïs and Geiger’s harmonies while ‘Tunnel Vision,’ the album’s stunning and consistently growing opener evokes the thought of the aforementioned park awakening at springtime after months of slumber.

“Cello, guitar and drums, melded into a sound solid enough to make them stand out from the pack.” – The Wounded Jukebox

While New Times In Black And White is indeed deep in sonic textures, what remains is how clear and focused the band’s vision is. Nothing is cluttered and nothing is sacrificed. Driven by boy/girl duet vocals with cello, guitar and drum instrumentation, Raleigh have combined their musical upbringings into a truly subjective work of art.

Live dates here:
May 5th – Toronto, ON – The Tranzac (w/ Laura Leif)
May 6th – Montreal, QC – house show
May 7th – Toronto, ON – Rancho Relaxo (w/ David Hustler & the Trustworthy, Negar)
May 8th – London, ON – Craven Cottage (house show w/ Laura Leif)
May 9th – Peterborough, ON – The Ossia (w/ Deadhorse)
May 14th – Edmonton, AB – Brixx Bar & Grill
May 25th – Canmore, AB – The Drake Inn
May 28th – Calgary, AB – Grace Presbyterian Church (w/ Dan Vacon, Clinton St. John) *CD Release Show*
June 9th – Edmonton, AB – New City
June 11th – Calgary, AB – Ship & Anchor
June 17th – Rocky Mountain House, AB – Tree Frog Fest
June 18th – Kelowna, BC – The Streaming Cafe
June 22nd thru 25th – Calgary, AB – Sled Island Festival
July 21st thru 24th – Calgary, AB – Calgary Folk Festival

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