On Our Radar: Carmanah goes back to nature with lead single “Roots”

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      British Columbia is the province for the ecologically minded. Home to Greenpeace, David Suzuki, and the 1,000-acre Stanley Park, the region is an oasis for those who would definitely be driving a Tesla if they didn’t live in one of the most expensive spots in North America.

      That love of nature often comes out in the work of B.C. musicians—but Victoria-based band Carmanah has taken it one step further.

      Capturing the damp, earthy Pacific Northwest with camerawork that would give Twin Peaks a run for its money, the group has gone into the wild for the lead single from its new album. Soft-focus shots follow members of the band as they stalk around the woodlands, variously adopting the guises of a racoon, elk, bear, and wolf. Setting out to find lumber, each whittles their own instruments from natural materials found in the forest, before drawing together for an all-out jam session on the final chorus.

      The back-to-the woods aesthetic mirrors the five-piece’s music. Balancing soulful vocals and vintage saxophone accents with a swinging indie rock melody, the group mixes the best of old and new, blending the rustic, earthy flavours in its music with high-tech production.

      The first track from Carmanah's debut album, Speak in Rhythms, which is out in February, "Roots" is bringing the best of British Columbia to the masses.

      Carmanah, "Roots"

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