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    The Wild (Pre-Order)

    Late in 2016, the trio of Nils Edenloff, Paul Banwatt, and Robin Hatch hit the road for a unique set of shows in some of their favorite venues across North America and Europe. They had been hard at work writing their next album and wanted to work out the new material the way they love best: by bringing it to their fans in person. As Nils put it, "I've never been good about focusing on a theme or having a specific plan at the outset of a new record. For me, writing music tends to be more of a constantly evolving process, like following one strange trail after another until a song has come to its general conclusion. This time around, we're following that natural writing process more and inviting the fans to come along those trails with us." Over the ensuing months, they took the lessons of the road into the studio, laying ten new tracks to tape. Earlier this year, fans had their first chance to hear the results with the release of singles "White Lights" and "Beacon Hill." Now, the full fruit of their efforts can be found on The Wild, which will be released via Saddle Creek and Paper Bag. The Rural Alberta Advantage's percussive folk songs about hometowns and heartbreak, and relentless tradition of touring have taken the trio from humble recognition amongst indie rock die-hards as Canada's best unsigned band to sold-out tours and devoted fans around the world with featured coverage from Spin Magazine, Pitchfork, The New York Times and Rolling Stone all taking note. The band has been nominated for two 2012 Juno Awards (Best New Group and Video of the Year for their song "Stamp"), long listed for the 2011 Polaris Award, and awarded the CBC Music Prize for Best Independent Artist in 2014.
    1. Beacon Hill
    2. Bad Luck Again
    3. Dead / Alive
    4. Brother
    5. Toughen Up
    6. White Lights
    7. Alright
    8. Selfish Dreams
    9. Wild Grin
    10. Letting Go
    The Rural Alberta Advantage
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  • Departing Departing Quick View

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    Departing

    With The Rural Alberta Advantage's new album, 'Departing', the band further refines the exuberant guitar work; everything-on-the-table singing; songwriting full of conviction and detail; and majestic, keyboard-sprinkled arrangements that have won it so many fans. 'Departing' strings together themes of small towns, Canadian fall and winter, breakup, and redemption and serves as a companion piece to their beloved debut album 'Hometowns.' Highlights include the affecting North Star, the stark regret of Tornado, and the storming, percussive surge of Stamp, all of which vividly set the scene.
    1.Two Lovers

    2.The Breakup

    3.Under the Knife

    4.Muscle Relaxants

    5.North Star

    6.Stamp

    7.Tornado '87

    8.Barnes' Yard

    9.Coldest Days

    10.Good Night

    The Rural Alberta Advantage
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  • Hometowns Hometowns Quick View

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    Hometowns

    Thanks to their exciting live performances and gritty, honest songs on Hometowns, this Canadian band earned a loyal following that began to grow. With no label or publicist, Hometowns caught the ears of bloggers across the country. They landed several festival and industry showcases (NXNE, SXSW, Halifax Pop Explosion, Pop Montreal, and more), and Hometowns became the highest selling eMusic Selects act in history. The band's inspiring DIY success story continues to gain momentum with glowing press reviews and sold out club dates in major US cities.
    1. Ballad of the Raa, The
    2. Rush Apart
    3. Dethbridge In Lethbridge, The
    4. Don'T Haunt This Place
    5. Deadroads, The
    6. Drain the Blood
    7. Luciana
    8. Frank, Ab
    9. Air, The
    10. Sleep All Day
    11. Four Night Rider
    12. Edmonton
    13. In the Summertime
    The Rural Alberta Advantage
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    Mended With Gold


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    In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came
    together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought
    two full-length albums (2008's Hometowns and 2011's Departing), widespread critical praise (SPIN, The New
    York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, among others), two Juno Award Nominations (Best New Group,
    Video of the Year), a Long List Nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, and a hard-earned reputation as one of
    the most impressive live bands you'll ever see. It was through all of this that The RAA's latest album, Mended
    With Gold, took shape.


    The twelve songs found on the album have been filtered through these experiences and achievements,
    pushing them to heights previously unreached by the band. While maintaining the heartfelt lyrics, fetching
    melodies, and explosive percussion that won the band a loyal following worldwide, Mended With Gold makes
    it clear that The RAA have reached the next level. From the first moments of album opener "Our Love" it
    becomes unmistakable that these collective experiences has helped the band compose the most fully-realized work of their career.


    While the sonics have now evolved, the plaintive lyrics and creative arrangements that helped define the
    band have remained. Standout tracks "Terrified, On The Rocks, Runners in the Night, and Vulcan, AB
    confront ideas of love, loss, and heartbreak through the pain of going through such experiences and the
    person that comes out on the other side of it.


    The ideas and moods created in these songs tie back to the album title Mended With Gold, embracing the idea
    that the breakage and repair of an object becomes part of its unique history and ultimately makes it more
    valuable instead of a blemish to disguise. The Rural Alberta Advantage have taken all of their successes,
    losses, adventures, and heartbreaks over the past few years, and forged them together into an unforgettably
    powerful work of beauty.

    1. Our Love
    2. This City
    3. On the Rocks
    4. Terrified
    5. Runners in the Night
    6. To Be Scared
    7. 45/33
    8. All We've Ever Known
    9. The Build
    10. Vulcan, AB
    11. Not Love or Death
    12. On the Run
    The Rural Alberta Advantage
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