Canadian indie folk outfit The Rural Alberta Advantage will release their third album, Mended With Gold, on September 30 via Saddle Creek. In anticipation, it’s streaming in full below (via Spotify). The 12-track effort follows Departing, which earned a Polaris Prize nomination in 2011. This time around, they opted to have the band’s long time live engineer Matt Lederman and Leon Taheny (Fucked Up, Owen Pallet) co-produce the record. The songs were recorded over a period of months and workshopped live while on tour.
A press release describes the album as the “most fully-realized work of their career.” Adding, “The Rural Alberta Advantage have taken all of their successes, losses, adventures, and heartbreaks over the past few years, and forged them together into an unforgettably powerful work of beauty.”
“We spent this past winter both touring and writing,” keyboardist and vocalist Amy Cole said in a statement. “We’d never combined the two before. We’d try out a new song live on stage, listen to the recording of that performance the next day in the van and then repeat the whole process again the next night. I think you can really hear how the three of us came together to shape the songs on this record.” [Consquence of Sound]