Canon Blue Unveil "Bows & Arrows" [Video]‏

October 4, 2011
Kyle Dean Reinford

As Canon Blue’s primary song-writer and composer Daniel James writes, “This video is meant to be a surreal theater play of the subconscious. A rite of passage from one stage of life to the next. There is the spirit that leads and ultimately suffers. There are the otherworldly murky creatures serving as jungian stage hands, witnesses as dark shadows lingering on the edge of the mind. And there is the tension between what we know we must leave behind in order to be what we know we must become.”

After recording the record’s skeleton in Copenhagen with the aid of Efterklang, James traveled to Iceland to record orchestral arrangements with renowned string quartet Amiina (most famously recognized as Sigur Rós‘ string section). The expansive, gleeful result is an ingenious combination of the old and the new, a lush minimalism that allows James’ graceful lyrics to float through the air as if time is suspended. The songs combine the soulful intimacy of Jeff Buckley and the playful whimsy of Sufjan Stevens with the stately meditation of Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

Canon Blue‘s auspicious beginnings are rooted in the 2007 debut album, Colonies, a bedroom electronic folk collaboration with Grizzly Bear‘s Chris Taylor. The upcoming recordsees James fully realizing his role as both composer and songwriter, something he has learned through his years on the road. Having explored the world and explored his own musical potential and desires, this is the result-a record that is neither new nor old, neither completely contemplative nor completely giddy, but certainly complete, and certainly a wonder to behold. 

Watch “Bows and Arrows” Here

Live Dates:
10/14 Lincoln, NE, Lincoln Calling Fest
10/17 Edmonton, Canada. Starlite Room*
10/18 Calgary, Canada, Republik*
10/20 Vancouver, Canada, Venue*
10/21 Seattle, WA, The Crocodile*
10/24 Portland, OR, Doug Fir*
10/25 San Francisco, CA, Great American*
10/26 Santa Barbara, CA, USCB @ Storke Plaza
10/28 Los Angeles, CA, El Rey*
10/29 San Diego, CA, Casbah*

11/01 Sat Lake City, UT, Kilby Court*
11/02 Denver, CO, The Bluebird*
11/05 Dallas, TX, Club Dada*
11/06 Houston, TX, Fitzgeralds*
11/08 Tallahassee, FL, Club Downunder*
11/10 Knoxville, TN, Square Room*
11/11 Atlanta, GA, Vinyl*
11/12 Charlotte, NC, Visulite Theatre*
11/13 Charlottesville, VA, The Southern Cafe*
11/15 Washington, DC, DC9 ^
11/16 Baltimore, MD, Ottobar*
11/17 Philadelphia, PA, World Café*
11/18 New York, NY, Webster Hall*
11/19 Toronto, ON, Opera House*
11/21 Chicago, IL, The Empty Bottle

12/09 Nashville, TN, The Basement
*w/The Boxer Rebellion
^ w/ River James

Rumspringa Track List:

01. Chicago (Chicago)
02. Autark (Nashville)
03. Indian Summer (Des Moines)
04. Honeysuckle (Milwaukee)
05. Velveteenager (Minneapolis B)
06. Heavy Heart (Minneapolis A)
07. Lulls (Memphis)
08. Fading Colors (Bloomington)
09. A Native (Madison)
10. Bows & Arrows (Vegas)
11. Andalusia (Davenport)
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