STREAM: “Proper Burial”
VIDEO: Album Teaser
Toronto instrumental four-piece Fresh Snow announces their sophomore album ‘Won,’out September 11 via Hand Drawn Dracula on vinyl/digitial (PRE-ORDER VINYL) and on limited cassette edition via Reel Cod Records. The album’s first single “Proper Burial” features vocals from DIANA’s Carmen Elle. Stream it over at Stereogum.
With the group appearing on the cover of NOW Magazine’s Christmas issue, and their POLARIS Long-Listed debut LP ‘I’ making it onto 2013 best-of lists from NOW, The GRID, BlogTO, Torontoist, the Toronto Star, and a raft of indie blogs, Fresh Snow’s new directions in instrumental music are clearly something that the critics agree on. “They can shift from Godspeed to Kraftwerk to Mogwai within the same song, and then segue to eminently danceable synth-led disco a few minutes later with some pleasantly woozy violin lines offering a decidedly human counterpoint to the mechanical rhythms driving things” wrote Chromewaves blogger Frank Yang.
They have been invited to perform at NXNE, Wavelength, Long Winter, Electric Eclectics, and Arboretum Festival, along with venues throughout Ontario and in Montreal putting on their live show that’s featured them in red hoods, wooden masks, and playing inside a pod full of projectors.
Primarily an instrumental band with a core line-up augmented by guest horn and string players (including Trent Severn’s Laura C. Bates), Fresh Snow is not easy to pigeonhole. Their upcoming WON, scheduled for release in Canada on Hand Drawn Dracula September 11, 2015, will explore different sides of the band’s aesthetic, and features vocal appearances by DIANA’s Carmen Elle, and FUCKED UP’s Damian Abraham. Just as they are prone to wearing masks onstage, so they are intent on keeping listeners guessing what they’ll do next. In an age where everything is instant and people have nothing to hide, Fresh Snow believes that a little mystery makes everything more enjoyable.
Release Date: September 11, 2015
2. Proper Burial (ft. Carmen Elle)
3. Blood In The Sun
5. Don’t Fuck A Gift Horse In The Mouth (ft. Damian Abraham)