West My Friend

“This album is a rare gem that brings together the best of so many things… there's echoes of old world klezmer music, anthems that soar like Broadway show tunes, and vocal harmonies that would be envy of the best old-time bluegrass bands. It's all wrapped up with beautiful mandolin and accordion notes that have me hitting the repeat button.”  – JoAnn Roberts: Host, All Points West, CBC Radio One 

National Release Date: April 6, 2014 (Canada Release Date: March 6, 2014)
 

When The Ink Dries 

Victoria B.C. Canadian folk and roots based quintet, "West My Friend" have just released their sophomore album "When The Ink Dries" (US release: April 6th 2014/Canadian release: March 6th, 2014.)  The Vancouver Island-based West My Friend formed five years ago through music school at the University of Victoria. By 2011, they had released their first full-length album Place, which garnered multiple Canadian award nominations, including “Roots Album of the Year” and “Song of the Year” at the Vancouver Island Music Awards.

With the release of their second album, "When the Ink Dries," West My Friend continues to push the boundaries of what folk-roots music is, mixing quirky pop sounds with Canadian coastal folk and full orchestral arrangements into a genre all their own."When the Ink Dries" showcases the four-piece's evolution into a musical grandeur that they refer to as "Cascadian third-wave indie prog chamber folk-roots music." West My Friend's unique sound at times includes strings and horn sections, but always features the band's roots-based and tight-knit accordion, upright bass, guitar, and mandolin combo. Band members include Eden Oliver (guitar, flute, vocals) Alex Rempel (mandolin, vocals) Jeff Poynter (accordion, vocals) and Adam Bailey (bass, vocals). 

Principal songwriter and lead vocalist Eden Oliver stays true to her folk roots while delving into a myriad of social-justice issues on When The Ink Dries with her well-crafted lyrics. The album's title track penned by Alex Rempel is a haunting warning of what could be if the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline is built across British Columbia; the aforementioned Cat Lady Song, with its rich orchestral setting, is an anthem for the LGBTQ community and tells the story of two same-sex cats who want their owners to accept their love. The accordion-pop infused song “Missing You” is complete with thunderous hand-claps and a full-horn section. For the folkies, there's the guitar and mandolin-driven tunes “Thin Hope,” a tribute to fragile moments of hope, and the heartwarming upbeat “My Lover.” Top all of the songs off with Eden's soaring vocals, comparable to the likes of Dolores O'Riordan of the Cranberries, and you have a band and album that delights and unites audiences as diverse as West Coast hipsters and old-timey folk crowds.

The record is a significant step forward for West My Friend and marks the group’s collaboration with Grammy award-winning producer Joby Baker (Alex Cuba, Cowboy Junkies) and Juno award-winner David Travers-Smith (The Wailin’ Jennys, Oh Susannah) providing a strong underpinning of experience in folk-roots music for this promising young band.

Website: http://www.westmyfriend.com
Bandcamp: http://www.westmyfriend.bandcamp.com/
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