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Siskiyou
 
Not Somewhere



CST142
180gLP / DL
Out 17 May 2019

 
TRACKLIST:
01. Stop Trying
02. What Ifs
03. Temporary Weakness
04. The End II /// Song Of Joy
05. Untitled 32 (live off of the land)
06. Dying Dying Dying /// Wake Wake Wake
07. Unreal Erections /// Severed Heads
08. Nothing Disease
09. Silhouette
10. Her Aim Is Tall
11. Stop Trying (jubilant reprise)
12. Unreal Erections /// Severed Heads (alternate outro)


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“Folk-y one moment, cacophonous the next, Not Somewhere is warm, haunting and impossible to absorb in just one listen. The vocals are loosely and lushly layered, pillows full of feathers coming apart at the seams. Horns flare up and fall away, acoustic guitars like open hearts and sunrises, a gentle brush of drums, cello and woodwinds that alternate between a whisper and a scream. It’s not easy to be a person right now, and Huebert captures that beautifully.” – CBC Music Spring 2019 Preview


Not Somewhere is a return to origins for Siskiyou band leader Colin Huebert (ex-Great Lake Swimmers) and his first album since 2015’s Polaris-nominated Nervous. Huebert self-recorded and played almost all the instruments on Not Somewhere, harkening back to the whispered, textural, bedroom indie-folk of Siskiyou’s acclaimed 2010 debut. Stream the track “Stop Trying” from Not Somewhere now:

 
 


 
 

photo by Karolyn Keir



Photo: Karolyn Keir 



Siskiyou returns from a four-year hiatus with Not Somewhere, an album that finds band leader Colin Huebert (ex-Great Lake Swimmers) essentially in solo artist mode, writing and self-recording this new collection of tunes on his own, playing all the guitar, bass, keyboard and drum parts himself. Not Somewhere harkens back to Siskiyou’s magical and understated 2010 self-titled debut in this and other ways: the album’s production rekindles a homespun intimacy, where plain-spoken lyrics grapple with portraits of quiet quotidian despair, fragile existential horizon lines separating perseverance and defeatism, honest and unremarkable lives trapped in cultures of false consciousness, impossible desire, self-analysis and self-medication.
 
Following Siskiyou’s Polaris-nominated third full-length Nervous released in early 2015, Huebert was commissioned by New York-based artist/designer Stefan Sagmeister (of Sagmeister & Walsh) to write the theme song for The Happy Film, a feature-length movie accompaniment to “The Happy Show” installation project that had toured galleries in the mid-2010s – the art show and film themselves being ruminations on happiness that strongly echo Huebert’s own tone and sensibility. Sagmeister wanted the direct, unadorned aesthetic of early Siskiyou for the film music, leading Huebert to often write and record songs in the same day, in diaristic sketchbook form, without a thought towards the more ornate structures and developments of material he had just finished up with Nervous. This commission yielded the album’s title and the opening track “Stop Trying” (the eventual theme song for the movie) which includes a short looped clip of film dialogue repeating the line “trying is the problem; you’re trying to get somewhere as if you’re not somewhere”.
  
Huebert ended up with a dozen songs written under this influence, but shelved the recordings while real life took over: driven from Vancouver by skyrocketing rents and zombie capital that was increasingly leaving the city a shell of its former self, he relocated to Toronto with his young family. Returning to the material once resettled, Huebert finished up the record with contributions from various guest musicians on strings and horns (including cellist and labelmate Rebecca Foon from Saltland/Esmerine, and Destroyer regulars Joseph Shabason and JP Carter on horns and woodwinds). The result is a beautifully restrained and unvarnished song cycle of tunes anchored by acoustic guitar and brushed drumming, detailed with delicate textures, spartan melodic overdubs, and Huebert’s distinctively forthright, whisperingly confidential vocal delivery. From the austere Velvets-chug of “What Ifs” to the Elephant 6-inspired looseness of “Her Aim Is Tall” and “Stop Trying (jubilant reprise)” and the sparkling hush of atmospheric twilight folk-inflected pieces like “Temporary Weakness” and “Silhouette”, Not Somewhere is delicate and discreet yet wonderfully assured – a profoundly humble, wistfully observational and meditatively personal return for Huebert’s Siskiyou project.  Thanks for listening.
 

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PRAISE FOR SISKIYOU – NERVOUS:

 

“Siskiyou’s Nervous is needles, bees, blood, voices in your head, a spider crawling up your neck — and then just as quickly, the album’s awash in a sunny glow, becomes a slow-burning kiss, a walk in the woods, a heated blanket on a winter’s night. Whatever you’re most afraid of and whatever brings you tiny respites of joy, Nervous is a conjuror one minute, a soothsayer the next… With every arch lyric and whispered confession, every crashing chorus and shimmery hook, Siskiyou has crafted a visceral and vibrant, risky and rewarding experience.” – CBC Music    
 
“The new Siskiyou album is thing of quiet beauty… Just the right amount of pressure is applied throughout: Huebert’s vocals are hushed yet beat with intensity; the acoustic and the electronic coexist easily; arrangements balance spacious simplicity with whorls of sonic miscellanea that pull it open and upward. It’s the perfect soundtrack to that sad, disoriented feeling that comes from looking too long into a profoundly black and starry sky.” – NOW Toronto, Album of the Week

 
 
PRAISE FOR SISKIYOU – KEEP AWAY THE DEAD:


“An impressive affair – simultaneously bombastic and understated… A bold step forward.” – UNCUT
 
“Despite the full band recording, and the presence of a host of additional guest musicians and singers, Keep Away The Dead preserves the same fragile, heartfelt sense of the original Siskiyou outing, with Huebert’s delicately beguiling songs sitting at the carefully crafted centre of the album’s perfectly balanced, addictively melodic, contemporary indie incarnation of American folk rock.” – ROCK-A-ROLLA

 
 
PRAISE FOR SISKIYOU – SISKIYOU:


“[E]motional immediacy and palpable earnestness…are the record’s hearthstones. Lyrically, Siskiyou is a dark, desperate document that, though it has a certain tenderness and warmth about it, deals largely with mortality, doubt, vehemence, and resignation. While its musical means are fairly traditional…they’re played with economy and conviction, and Huebert’s strained vocal delivery imbues each track with a bittersweet magic uniquely his own.” – Tiny Mix Tapes

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