Delivering at times like a dive into a dark, warm ocean, and at others like a blast of icy water on bare skin, Yes We Mystic is a dynamic and emotional musical powerhouse originating out of Winnipeg, Canada. Approaching genre as a tool rather than a barrier, the band takes instruments, ideas, and sounds from wherever they can to craft something that is all at once exhilarating, heartrending, pummelling, and grand. Hurling rock together with folk, hip-hop, and R&B, strings and mandolins together with synthesizers, pedals, samples, and vocal effects, they come up with songs that can mellow and groove but climb in an instant to towering, frenzied heights. Throwing opposites together has been a practice that they keep coming back to. The result is both unconventional and weirdly relatable.
Praised as “the purest orchestral pop”, and charged with a “fearless creative energy”, Yes We Mystic has in recent years become a steadily growing force on the Canadian indie scene. Touring tirelessly across Canada since the 2013 release of their "complexly orchestrated masterpiece" (Willow Grier, Beatroute) debut EP Floods and Fires, they have performed at NXNE, M for Montreal, Breakout West, JUNOfest, and Big Fun. In 2016, with their debut record Forgiver set for release in Canada and Germany, they will for the first time bring their commanding live show to the other side of the Atlantic.
If you had to put a finger on it, perhaps the best descriptor for the band's sound is "intense, cinematic art pop". The band took a bold step toward this new direction in their 2015 two-song 7” ‘Vestige’, a change from their folkier 2013 debut. It’s not often that a short EP from a young band stirs up as much excitement as Vestige did. The release, though just a tiny sampling of what was to come, was met with acclaim from all across the country.
Yes We Mystic works constantly at building and then defying expectations. Their new record, Forgiver, is sure to do just that. Forgiver was recorded over the course of three weeks in June 2015 with legendary Canadian producer Jace Lasek (Patrick Watson, Wolf Parade, Land of Talk). The album acts as their sonic ‘Rosetta Stone’, laying out everything that the band has picked up along the way, as well as the innovative approach to songwriting that they have held with them since the beginning. With its lush, atmospheric guitar tones, delicately woven melodies, explosive drums, and aching lyrics, Forgiver is a howling wind coming from a place of irrefutable honesty.
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