The Wooden Sky - If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone

Maybe I’m putting my ignorance on full display here, but when I think of geographical locales where top-notch Americana is being made, Toronto doesn’t immediately spring to mind. The Appalachian Mountains, yes. The Midwest, oh sure. Austin, TX, fuck yeah. Toronto….not so much. That’s not stopping The Wooden Sky from trying or from succeeding quite handsomely. I read about the Toronto band on 3 separate Canadian (go figure) music blogs (Chromewaves, Herohill, & Quick Before It Melts) within the past few weeks, liked what I heard quite a bit, and had my people contact their people (I sent ‘em an email) all in an attempt to get my paws on a copy of their forthcoming album If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone. After a handful of listens I can say that I’m really digging what I’m hearing, and feel compelled to recommend you all check them out as well.

If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone is full of organic, passionate, earnest folk-rock songs that occasionally swell into cathartic anthems but are mostly happy to sway and pluck and amble along with the breeze. The song I’m loving immensely is the album’s centerpiece and it’s beating heart of darkness - “Something Hiding For Us In The Night”. It and “(Bit Part)” have been released as free downloads from the band and should not be missed. Other highlights include the soulful sing-alongs “The Late King Henry” and “Oh My God (It Still Means A Lot To Me)”, the dusty rocker “While We Were Young”, and the quiet, introspective harmonies of “Oslo”. The album comes out August 25 through Black Box Music.

MP3 :: Something Hiding For Us In The Night
MP3 :: (Bit Part)
(from If I Don’t Come Home You’ll Know I’m Gone. Info here)

Here’s a video for “Oh My God (It Still Means A Lot To Me)”:


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