THE ACORN returned in June 2010 with “No Ghost”, the much-anticipated follow-up to their UK debut, “Glory Hope Mountain”, which was released to great acclaim in autumn 2008. The Band will be performing live as part of the Harmonic series at The Workman’s Club in Dublin on November 27th. Tickets are €17 on sale now through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking Line: 0818 719 300.
In summer 09 the band isolated themselves at a cottage in Northern Quebec to begin work on what was to become “No Ghost”. Songs took shape at all hours, crafted from hazy late-night improvisations and early morning melodies pulled from the thinning threads of sleep. Modernity clashed with the bucolic via exploratory percussion, feedback, acoustic textures and the natural surrounding sounds. The band then traded trees for telephone poles to finish recording in a sweltering heatwave at Montreal’s Treatment Room Studios.
Free from the emotional weightiness of Glory Hope Mountain’s highly personal material, No Ghost showcases the levity and spontaneity of The Acorn’s celebrated live shows, all the while highlighting Rolf Klausener’s literate and vivid lyrics. Swathed in Talk Talk-esque spaciousness and atmospheric feedback reminiscent of early Yo La Tengo, “No Ghost” is a dazzling collection of songs and a fitting soundtrack to both the tranquillity of the country, and the romance of city nights.
Since the release of “Glory Hope Mountain”, the Ottawa-based band have toured Europe and North America extensively and been selected for the long-list of both the Polaris Music Prize and the Uncut Music Award. Greatly respected by their peers, The Acorn embarked on a number of high-profile support tours in early 2009 with the likes of Fleet Foxes, Calexico, Bon Iver and Elbow, after Guy Garvey named “Glory Hope Mountain” his favourite album on 2008.
Critical acclaim for “Glory Hope Mountain” by The Acorn…
“One for fans of Sufjan Stevens and Midlake… delicately arranged keys and
strings evoke a dense and dramatic landscape… A magnificently touching
achievement.” Time Out – 4 Stars ****
“A beautiful, delicately constructed album, its simple unhurried melodies
carry the flickering narrative, swaying between the charming, low-key folk
balladry of opener ‘Hold Your Breath’ to the pitter-patter percussions and
West Indian rhythms of ‘Crooked Legs’.”
NME – 7/10
“powerfully poetic and mercifully unsentimental”
Uncut – 4 Stars **** (Debut of the Month)
“A bewitching debut… an evocative mishmash of weird folk, meditative
Americana and something joyous, sweet and unidentifiably tribal.”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“A rare instant classic that captivates from its opening notes… Glory Hope
Mountain gently meanders through a constantly shifting landscape, its
melodies, multi-instrumentation and sweeping climaxes reminiscent of Bon Iver or a mellow Arcade Fire.” -Sunday Express – 5 Stars *****
The Acorn Live @ The Workman’s Club this November 27th. Tickets are €17 on sale now through Ticketmaster and other usual outlets nationwide. Booking line: 0818 719 390.