The Wooden Sky announce new album & European Tour

January 14, 2017


Toronto alt-rock quartet The Wooden Sky will release their new album ‘Swimming in Strange Waters’ on April 7th via Nevado Music. Drawing its title from a line in Frank Herbert’s 1965 sci-fi novel, Dune – “Survival is the ability to swim in strange water” – The Wooden Sky’s fifth full-length record finds frontman and multi-instrumentalist Gavin Gardiner struggling to come to terms with the trauma and unknowns haunting both his personal life and the world at large.

NPR, which premiered the title track from ‘Swimming in Strange Waters’, describes The Wooden Sky as a “band that handles delicate subjects with psychedelic swagger and a depth of lyrical intelligence that is never too on-the-nose, but always powerful.”

“It’s how I filter a lot of things that come in,” says Gardiner of his songwriting process. “For better or for worse, it’s how I deal with things and how I communicate my feelings.” ‘Swimming in Strange Waters’ is Gardiner trying to make sense of the world.

The resulting album is a sonic maelstrom that sees the band exploring unchartered waters, where textural psychedelia inspired by the Paisley Underground movement melds into quiet, acoustic cyclical guitar melodies, before once again transforming into a bombastic, Johnny Cash-esque rally against the XL Keystone pipeline in Canada.

The title track glimmers like a technicolored circus with warbling synths and organs, cyclical, vocoder-drenched gang vocals and a spoken word interlude, performed by The Highest Order’s Simone Schmidt reading from Herbert’s Dune Messiah.

Catch The Wooden Sky on tour throughout Europe next month.

FEB 10     Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso Kleine Zaal
FEB 11     Rotterdam, Netherlands – V11
FEB 13     Cardiff – The Moon Club
FEB 14     London – The Slaughtered Lamb
FEB 16     Glasgow – The Hug and Pint
FEB 17     Sunderland – Independent

FEB 20     Paris, France – Supersonic
FEB 22     Offenbach, Germany – Hafen 2
FEB 23     Berlin, Germany – Kantine am Berghain
FEB 24     Copenhagen, Denmark – Ideal Bar, VEGA
FEB 25     Hamburg, Germany – HÄKKEN


1. Swimming in Strange Waters
2. Life is Pain, Pain is Beauty
3. You’re Not Alone
4. Deadhorse Creek
5. Born to Die
6. Black Gold
7. Riding on the Wind
8. Matter of Time
9. Glory Hallelujah


“Superior from Canadian collective. The Wooden Sky mine a deep seam of US influences – from The Violent Femmes to The Replacements, while anyone who fell in love with Ryan Adams around the millennium will find much of the rest easy to love” Uncut

“ a hint of the palette used throughout the record: gentle waltz time, distant, elegiac vocal harmonies, and a vocal that sits midway between Cold Roses and In The Aeroplane Over The Sea” Line of Best Fit

“Their niche may be folk and country melodies, but throughout their [career] you can hear subtle nods to other genres hidden underneath the twangy guitars” Paste Magazine

“the first few chords have the effect of making our heart race … Gardiner’s voice is so emotional, one would think his throat itself is brokenhearted” Interview Magazine

” …atmospheric, War on Drugs like guitars and a swirling atmosphere that feels more influenced by mood music like M83 than the roots of yore” The Wild Honey Pie

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