Recently nominated alongside Arcade Fire for Polaris Music Prize (Best Canadian Album), as well as the Juno Award for Best New Group of the Year, Hey Rosetta! have emerged from the frozen roads of Newfoundland to deliver Seeds.
In 2005, front man Tim Baker arrived home from a road trip with a suitcase full of poems and melodies. Hey Rosetta! formed soon after with the addition of a string section (cellist Romesh Thavanathan and violinist Kinley Dowling) and rhythm section (bassist Josh Ward, drummer Phil Maloney and guitarist Adam Hogan).
The bandâ€™s new album, Seeds, was produced by Tony Doogan (Belle and Sebastian, Mogwai, Wintersleep) and touches on themes ranging from depression to procreation. â€œYoung Glassâ€ was written after reading J.D. Salingerâ€™s Franny and Zooey. Baker explains it as being: â€œdirected at the novelâ€™s main character, Franny. It describes a sleepwalking scene that didn’t actually occur in the book, but one that I imagined.â€
The albumâ€™s title track has planted itself as a staple for their live shows, highlighting the well-planned lifestyle that band currently imbues. The sweeping orchestral piece follows the metaphoric seed floating from different fields and cities.
Hey Rosetta! are still growing, barnstorming the country right now and sure to mature with each setting sun. The band has momentum, a raging storm of listeners and believers. The poet Tim Baker now has the soundtrack to his poetry.
Seeds is fast paced and ambitious, but only time and a little rain will show us the true beauty of one of Canadaâ€™s best bands.
Seeds is now available on ATO Records.