Following an exhausting and successful international run with their previous album Seeds (2011), celebrated alt-rock collective Hey Rosetta! retreated from the promotional grind. In late 2013 they began work on Second Sight, their brilliant new album, produced in Canada at MixArt Studios by Marcus Paquin (Arcade Fire, The National, Stars). Second Sight will be released on October 24, 2014 (Dine Alone).
Lead track Kintsukuroi (kint-sU-kU-roi ) is the first, galloping glimpse into the spacious and experimental new album. “We let tones and effects direct the arrangements more than ever,” says lead singer and songwriter Tim Baker. “If a certain direction sounded more compelling than the most obvious or comfortable or planned route, we’d go down that path and see where it lead. Marcus really fostered an atmosphere of experimentation and positivity and found a way to get the best out of everyone.”
“There was an ethos of discovery and experimentation that helped boost creativity. It was all about chasing sounds,” adds Romesh Thavanathan, cellist, and multi-instrumentalist.
LISTEN TO ‘KINTSUKUROI’ HERE
Second Sight is the fourth studio album from the Newfoundland-based, now, seven members strong band, including; Adam Hogan (guitar), Phil Maloney (drums), Josh Ward (bass), Kinley Dowling (violin), Mara Pellerin (french horn), Romesh Thavanathan (cello/multi-instrumentalist), and Tim Baker (vocals, guitar, piano). Hey Rosetta!’s previous albums, Into Your Lungs (and Around In Your Heart and on Through Your Blood) and Seeds were both short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize. The band will be instantly familiar to Australian audiences, having toured Australia in support of Seeds with City and Colour in 2011, and returning later in the year to tour extensively once more with The Jezabels .
“Second Sight (is) not necessarily the traditional supernatural definition of remote viewing or seeing into the future, but more generally nurturing an alternative way of seeing your life,” notes Tim. “A way of seeing with your intuition, with your body, with your faith (in whatever) as opposed to seeing only with your eyes, your rationality, your everyday brain.”