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PREMIERE: Year of Glad’s sublime drone-folk epic, Old Growth

The Montreal collective delivers a song suite about "the occult, our own crushing mortality, and a universal connection between all living things."

- Nov 10, 2015

Year of Glad self-released Old Growth last year. It made a few superfans and inspired a few rave reviews, but an album this soaring, sublime and, for lack of a better word, enormous, feels too big for a small-run cassette. This Friday, British label Vox Humana will release the album on deluxe coloured vinyl, in remixed and remastered form, giving the once-lo-fi epic the scope the music deserves.

We have the debut below:

Bandleader A.P. Bergeron explains in an email to Chart Attack how the process informed the music and vice versa. His very personal story approaches the understated-yet-towering beauty of the music, so we've preserved the statement in full:

"Old Growth was pretty much entirely written in the woods surrounding my family home in rural Nova Scotia. It's a strange desolate part of the world where folks tend to just abandon houses, barns, mills... so a number of these neglected structures litter the landscape out there. These often dank and derelict buildings not only provided the kind of isolation and solitude I require when writing, but also undoubtedly informed the tone of the album overall. The balance of decay and new life present in these forgotten spaces eventually inspired a collection of songs dealing with the sublime, the occult, our own crushing mortality, and a universal connection between all living things."

"The recording process for the album spanned a few years and occurred in multiple different bedrooms, rehearsal spaces and studios. A strong sense of the passage of time became very important to me during the making of the record, so the songs actually appear on the record in the same order they were created."

"Also, I was constantly tweaking and adding new things to each track throughout the whole process. So a track like 'Deth' was in the works for two years or more, with multiple versions being combined and squashed together, which makes for the blurry immensity of the final version. The intent there was to kind of have the recording process parallel our perception of time, where we can't change what's already done and there's this enormous weight of our history and all past events building up and pushing against the present moment."

The deluxe vinyl edition of Year of Glad's Old Growth is out Friday (November 13) on Vox Humana. Pre-order it here.

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