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Friday, March 26, 2010

The Acorn Returning with No Ghost

The Acorn’s long-awaited follow-up to 2007’s wildly successful Glory Hope Mountain is finally set for release in Canada on Paper Bag Records. After spending two long years on the road, Rolf Klausener and Ottawa’s finest began work on the album in the summer of 2009. The product of these efforts No Ghost will be released on June 1st. (Singles and tour dates supporting the release will be announced soon.)

Since the release of the much beloved Glory Hope Mountain, the indie (Kanye Approved) songsters have toured Europe and North America extensively and slowly built up critical acclaim for both their live show and their recorded output. You may recall the band were included in the 2008 Polaris Music Prize longlist. (Frankly, I think they should have won the award that year.) Recently though Glory Hope Mountain was included on the prestigious longlist for the Uncut Music Award which rewards the “most inspiring and rewarding musical experience” of the past year. The Acorn's Glory Hope Mountain was the only Canadian band of the 25 artists on the list which also includes albums by Bob Dylan, Dirty Projectors, Wilco, Animal Collective and Grizzly Bear. As well, in the past couple of years, talented popsters have embarked on a number of high-profile support tours for music luminaries like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Calexico, and Elbow.

In the summer of 2009 the band secluded themselves at a cottage in Northern Quebec to begin work on the follow up to Glory Hope Mountain with No Ghost being the end result. This one promises to be very different too. Free from the personal and sometimes intricate themes of Glory Hope Mountain’s extraordinary emotional material, No Ghost features the levity and spontaneity reminiscent of The Acorn’s infamous live shows, all the while showcasing Rolf Klausener’s unique songcraft. Definitely one to watch for dear reader. Maybe, just maybe the 2010 Polaris Prize will be rightfully claimed after all.

The Acorn from Wasp Video on Vimeo.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

This is certainly one to look for, particularly if it can come close to capturing the joy of an Acorn performance. It was truly an eye-opener for me during last summer's folk festival to realise what a fun band they are! Music brilliance aside.

Love the new look, by the way. Very fresh.

Sean Wraight said...

I am so looking forward to the new Acorn Barb. Even better a local show has just been announced!
I have seen the band once and the venue was pretty poor. This promises to serve the band much better and should be much more enjoyable. They are a pretty special band.

Really looking forward to hearing the new stuff!