Awake was recorded at Toronto's Revolution Studios in the summer, and was produced and mixed by Howie Beck (Hayden, Feist, Barenaked Ladies). Written primarily while touring across North America and Europe, Awake sees the band growing from their folk foundations into a polished pop aesthetic.
Lead singer and lyricist Nick Vallee believes that recording outside of Montreal and working with Howie was a real motivating factor in the band's new direction: "Recording with Howie in Toronto helped us step out of our old modes, and into new ways of writing songs. We pushed beyond our comfort zone, and it brought a new energy to the music." The recording sessions also solidified the full-time role of long-time collaborator Phil Creamer, an integral part of the group's live set. Similar to the other members, Creamer's multi-instrumental talents energized their varied approach to the studio.
For band members Vallee, Christopher Fox, and Laurie Torres, heartbreak and loss haunted the delicate music on their acclaimed sophomore album Tragic Care. Touring Europe and North America for 2 years in support of the album, the band experienced a much-needed catharsis and embraced an optimistic outlook - the spirit of which is clearly evident on Awake.
Reflecting on the joys and struggles of life as full-time musicians, songs like "Small Victories" and "Arrow" show the band's clarity and dedication. On quieter album-closer "Science", the bare instrumentation and humble lyrics explore emotions of commitment and the struggle with mundanity in day-to-day-life.
released May 26, 2015
Nick Vallee: lead vocals, guitars
Laurie Torres: drums, percussion, piano, guitar, synths, vibraphone, glockenspiel, vocals
Christopher Fox: bass, organs, piano, vibraphone, synths, vocals
Phil Creamer: drums, percussion, piano, wurlitzer, guitar, vibraphone, glockenspiel, banjo, vocals
All music by Folly & The Hunter
Lyrics by Nick Vallee
Bryden Baird - Horns on Duisburg and Breath
Dennis Mohammed - Upright bass on Lose that Light, bass on Arrow and Travelling
Kate Maloney - Violin on The Way We Are, Lose that Light, Awake, Duisburg and Science
Justin Wright - Cello on The Way We Are, Lose that Light, Awake, Duisburg and Science
Howie Beck - Additional drums on Travelling and Duisburg. bass on Small Victories
Engineered by Stephen Koszler
Assistant engineer, Josh Bowman
Session support, Luke Schindler
Recorded at Revolution Recording
Additional recording at Studio H and Foxhole Studios
Additional engineering by Howie Beck and Christopher Fox
Mixed by Howie Beck at Studio H
Produced and mixed by Howie Beck
Mastered by Noah Mintz at Lacquer Channel Mastering
Graphic design by Luke Twyman
Order AWAKE on VINYL LP from independent music retailer Zunior.com: zunior.com/products/folly-the-hunter-awake-vinyl-record
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