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Royal Canoe play with distorted soul on new offering "Peep This"

24 October 2018, 13:27 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Canada's Royal Canoe have made a fruitful cocktail of distorted soul and psychedelic pop with their nomadic new track "Peep This".

Opening with subtle synth warps and a husky burst of vocals, "Peep This" is an unhinged offering finding bouts of warmth amongst multiple genres.

The chorus brings a Glass Animals vibe, harmonising with contrasting pitches to find a magical blend of distorted psychedelics and subtle soul.

Royal Canoe project their passion through the soulful chorus, while contrasting the powerful outburst with whispering verses that feel like a psychedelic trip.

Speaking about their track, Royal Canoe explain, ""Peep This" is a song about going through a process of re-evaluation in a relationship. As the years go by, you’ve both clearly grown as people, but how has that impacted your partnership? The more you look outward though, the turbulent uncertainty overwhelms and you can’t imagine letting go. You find yourself awash in desperate energy as you realize how much you depend on each other to stay afloat - how could you make it alone?"

They add, "One of my favourite serendipitous moments from the recording of Waver comes from this song. At some point while we were working on the session in ProTools the acoustic drums accidentally got nudged backward a tiny amount relative to everything else for a portion of the song (definitely some sloppy mouse-clicking in-play). All of the electronic drums, keys, bass were still “in time” which created this great grinding sensation where the drums feel like their tripping off the back end of the pocket. It’s a subtle shift and only occurs at the end of the 2nd and 3rd chorus’, but it makes me feel like the floor is tilting."

Royal Canoe's latest offering arrives after earlier single "Rayz". Both tracks will feature on their forthcoming Waver record.

Commenting on their upcoming record, Royal Canoe explain, "The songs of Waver take place in a miraged-out place where the absurdity of modern life has become hallucinatory - and almost indistinguishable from some dystopian fiction. What do you anchor to when reality becomes irrational? When the stakes are apocalyptic, what room is left for personal?"

"Peep This" is out now. Waver arrives on 25 January via Paper Bag Records. Royal Canoe tour Europe in the new year, performing at London's Thousand Island on 6 February. Find out more.
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