Ottawa’s The Acorn are a band I’ve always enjoyed, but sometimes overlooked. Glory Hope Mountain definitely struck me, but life and new music quickly pushed it into the depths of my music collection. Well they’re back with a new album No Ghost (Bella Union) and I’m not making the same mistake twice. No Ghost packs a serious folk buzzed wallop. There seems to be two sides to their sound – one hand there’s the subtle harmonies and fine tuned guitar lines commonly found with good folk bands – on the other hand they crank all those qualities to 11 and blast it. I guess its no surprise really since they first started recording No Ghost in a lonely little cottage in northern Quebec then finished it off in a more urban environment – Montreal’s Treatment Room Studios. I’m glad it worked out this way because the clash of these two worlds seem to have really pushed their already compelling songs into a new light.
Really. Also…No Ghost has no lull or down moment. A solid 37 minute album. A rarity.
mp3: The Acorn – No Ghost
mp3: The Acorn – Restoration
The Acorn’s No Ghost is out now digitally and the physical (which has some extra content) comes out on September 7th via Bella Union.