Hillsburn doubled down on their independent ethos for their second record, The Wilder Beyond. Deciding to forego a formal studio setting, they produced the album collectively and recorded it in singer Paul Aarntzen’s Halifax apartment. Perhaps partly as a result of the new approach, The Wilder Beyond departs sharply from the folk-rooted sound of Hillsburn’s award-winning In The Battle Years debut. The group’s soaring three-part harmonies are intact here, but densely-layered arrangements and more electronic instruments signal a move in the direction of indie rock. On the surface, The Wilder Beyond that Aarntzen conjures is a dream-like borderland of parallel pasts and futures, where ‘roses sprout from stone,’ where you’re king, queen, and no one. But the twin and conflicting human realities of pain and joy form the underlying narrative. Ultimately, The Wilder Beyond urges us to keep going in the dark moments, to soak up the warmth of the bright ones.
Sunday January 21st
Doors 10:00 pm
$10.00 at the door or FREE with Shivering Songs Festival Pass