THE PRESS RELEASE: “Bruce Peninsula live and work in Toronto. Active since 2006, they have returned in 2020 with No Earthly Sound, a new LP that searches for answers through psych-infused rock, folk hymns, and the communal spirit of collaboration. Songwriters Matt Cully, Neil Haverty and Misha Bower each lead tracks here, shifting protagonists as the record plays through. Co-Produced with Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Fucked Up) in studios and country houses throughout Ontario, No Earthly Sound features contributions from 23 musicians and singers, collectively aimed towards a sound that’s rhythmic, hymnal, and emphatic. This incarnation of Bruce Peninsula aims to keep moving, reflecting on personal and spiritual questions through an exploration of epic sound.”
MY TWO CENTS: Don’t let the title fool you. The sounds on Bruce Peninsula’s third album are decidedly and unquestionably earthly. They’re just not the sort of sounds you might expect to hear from a trio of white musicians from Ontario. Unless, that is, you expect to hear a magnificently crafted roster of soaring gospel blues, muscular southern soul, propulsive Afrobeat and hypnotic, percussively layered grooves that wouldn’t be out of place on Talking Heads’ Remain in Light. No fooling.