“Nat­u­ral Weather” FOR­WARD MU­SIC

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May 25. There is a clichéd way to say any­thing worth say­ing, so Michael Feuerstack sim­ply looks for the scenic route and tries to en­joy the jour­ney at the same time. On his lat­est full-length al­bum, Nat­u­ral Weather, the song­writer wanted to make some­thing gen­tle and com­plex: a record­ing that cel­e­brates mu­sic as a refuge from bi­nary think­ing - a means to seek wis­dom in the grey ar­eas. Recorded at home, Nat­u­ral Weather of­fers a de­cep­tively rich pal­ette. Most of the in­stru­men­ta­tion is pro­vided by Feuerstack, with Jeremy Gara on drums and vi­o­lin cameos by Sarah Neufeld. The back­ground singers also fig­ure promi­nently: Camille De­lean shad­ows Feuerstack in har­mony, while Michelle Tomp­kins and Mike O’Brien glim­mer in re­sponse. This col­lec­tion bal­ances Feuerstack’s sig­na­ture dark hu­mour and em­pathic in­quis­i­tive­ness as the songs re­lax into deep am­bi­gu­ity around heavy themes: love, death, mem­ory, age, men­tal ill­ness, in­ti­macy, and am­bi­tion.

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