Polaris 2011

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Hey Rosetta!- Seeds

Newfoundland’s Hey Rosetta! has collected many acclaims in their short 6 year, 3 album career. Their debut album, Plan Your Escape won 4 awards, including Band of the Year and Album of the Year at MusicNL and was nominated for Rock Recording of the Year at the 2007 East Coast Music Awards. Their followup, Into Your Lungs (and around in your heart and on through your blood) was named Album of the Year at the first Verge Music Awards and was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize in 2008. It’s appropriate then, that their Feb 2011 release; Seeds, has already made the Polaris 2011 Short List.
The band formed in 2005 around lead singer/guitarist Tim Baker and his half-written set of songs. Bassist Josh Ward, drummer Phil Maloney and guitarist Adam Hogan rounded out the band. The addition of cellist Romesh Thavanathan and violinist Kinley Dowling make Hey Rosetta! what it is today; a rock band with folkish sensibilities.
While I would love for Hey Rosetta! to take the prize, I don’t see it happening for them. Seeds is a great album, with a lot to offer, but it’s no emotional punch to the gut like Into Your Lungs. Like most bands, they followed a successful album by releasing another one in the same vein. But if Into Your Lungs wasn’t good enough for Polaris in 2008, what chance does a less-amazing version have now? The fact that their folksy, string instrument-infused sound has become more popular of late (thanks to Mumford and Sons, Avett Brothers and Elliott Brood) may give them an edge here. But then again, it may not. Polaris tends not to pay attention to commercial success or general public acceptance.
Whether or not this album is Polaris-worthy, you should definitely give it a listen.


About J2

What happens when you're a wordsy music aficionado who works for NXNE, CMW, HPX, Olio Music Festival, The JUNOs and Polaris Music Prize? You spend all of your free time blogging about it... Follow on Twitter if you're so inclined: @HearPlugged

Posted on September 18, 2011, in Sound Bites and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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