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Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit

Royal Canoe

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Artful Canadian popsmiths Royal Canoe follow up their Juno-nominated breakout, Today We're Believers, with the ambitious Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit. The Winnipeg group's stakes are certainly higher with the increased exposure they've received over the three preceding years, and their already meticulous approach has been further honed here by co-producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley), whose efforts support their genre-hopping, highly rhythmic approach. With its skittering beats and rapid-fire vocals, album opener "Somersault" is a brainy and undeniably hooky example of the sextet's sophisticated approach. Several of the tracks that follow take a slightly more subdued tack, with frontman Matt Peters weaving his easy falsetto around fussy beats and sampled smatterings on "Walk Out on the Water" and the pseudo-synthetic soul of "Checkmate." The group's affection for Midnight Vultures-era Beck manifests itself on the playful neon R&B/rap of "Love You Like That," though with a bit less wit. "Out of the Beehive" is a late-album highlight representing the best of what Royal Canoe have to offer, marrying their polyrhythmic tendencies with a warm melodicism that still feels inventive without working overtime to impress. There are plenty of great ideas scattered throughout each of Orbit's 11 tracks, but the bandmembers often let their fastidious craftsmanship captain the ship. Tours with similarly math-minded acts like Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club seem to have further impacted their music in terms of ambition, but unlike those bands' best work, Royal Canoe's challenging song constructions often outweigh their payoff. When their songs are able to stand on their own in spite of their cleverness, Royal Canoe are a force to be reckoned with, but as a whole Orbit feels a little too mired by its attention to production detail.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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1
Somersault
00:04:08

Royal Canoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Terrorbird Publishing, MusicPublisher - Ben Allen, Producer

2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc. 2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc.

2
Walk out on the Water
00:03:40

Royal Canoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Terrorbird Publishing, MusicPublisher - Ben Allen, Producer

2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc. 2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc.

3
Living a Lie
00:04:20

Royal Canoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Terrorbird Publishing, MusicPublisher - Ben Allen, Producer

2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc. 2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc.

4
Checkmate
00:03:32

Royal Canoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Terrorbird Publishing, MusicPublisher - Ben Allen, Producer

2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc. 2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc.

5
Love You Like That
00:03:57

Royal Canoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Terrorbird Publishing, MusicPublisher - Ben Allen, Producer

2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc. 2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc.

6
I Am Collapsing so Slowly
00:05:13

Royal Canoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Terrorbird Publishing, MusicPublisher - Ben Allen, Producer

2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc. 2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc.

7
Holidays
00:05:27

Royal Canoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Terrorbird Publishing, MusicPublisher - Ben Allen, Producer

2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc. 2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc.

8
Out of the Beehive
00:03:36

Royal Canoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Terrorbird Publishing, MusicPublisher - Ben Allen, Producer

2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc. 2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc.

9
New Recording 270
00:00:48

Royal Canoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Terrorbird Publishing, MusicPublisher - Ben Allen, Producer

2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc. 2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc.

10
Bicycle
00:03:28

Royal Canoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Terrorbird Publishing, MusicPublisher - Ben Allen, Producer

2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc. 2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc.

11
How Long Is Your Life?
00:05:29

Royal Canoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Terrorbird Publishing, MusicPublisher - Ben Allen, Producer

2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc. 2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc.

12
BB Gun
00:04:17

Royal Canoe, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Terrorbird Publishing, MusicPublisher - Ben Allen, Producer

2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc. 2016 Embassy of Music under exclusive license from Nevado Music Inc.

Album Description

Artful Canadian popsmiths Royal Canoe follow up their Juno-nominated breakout, Today We're Believers, with the ambitious Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit. The Winnipeg group's stakes are certainly higher with the increased exposure they've received over the three preceding years, and their already meticulous approach has been further honed here by co-producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley), whose efforts support their genre-hopping, highly rhythmic approach. With its skittering beats and rapid-fire vocals, album opener "Somersault" is a brainy and undeniably hooky example of the sextet's sophisticated approach. Several of the tracks that follow take a slightly more subdued tack, with frontman Matt Peters weaving his easy falsetto around fussy beats and sampled smatterings on "Walk Out on the Water" and the pseudo-synthetic soul of "Checkmate." The group's affection for Midnight Vultures-era Beck manifests itself on the playful neon R&B/rap of "Love You Like That," though with a bit less wit. "Out of the Beehive" is a late-album highlight representing the best of what Royal Canoe have to offer, marrying their polyrhythmic tendencies with a warm melodicism that still feels inventive without working overtime to impress. There are plenty of great ideas scattered throughout each of Orbit's 11 tracks, but the bandmembers often let their fastidious craftsmanship captain the ship. Tours with similarly math-minded acts like Alt-J and Bombay Bicycle Club seem to have further impacted their music in terms of ambition, but unlike those bands' best work, Royal Canoe's challenging song constructions often outweigh their payoff. When their songs are able to stand on their own in spite of their cleverness, Royal Canoe are a force to be reckoned with, but as a whole Orbit feels a little too mired by its attention to production detail.
© Timothy Monger /TiVo

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