Label Obscura Announces Classic Re-Release for Nova Scotia’s The Heavy Blinkers
First Vinyl Release of The Heavy Blinkers ‘The Night and I Are Still So Young’
FOR LOVERS OF: Brian Wilson, The Carpenters, Burt Bacharach, The High Llamas, The Polyphonic Spree
Canada’s Label Obscura
is proud to announce the upcoming reissue of one of the best independent pop albums of the early 2000s – ‘The Night And I Are Still So Young’
by The Heavy Blinkers
. This is the first time this classic album will be released on vinyl.
Described by Spin magazine as “one of the greatest bands you’ve (probably) never heard”, The Heavy Blinkers is a five-piece formed in 1998 by Jason Michael MacIsaac
and a group of friends, including keyboardist and songwriter Andrew Watt
and ethereal vocalist Ruth Minnikin
. They are based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
By 2004, the intricate and tightly constructed chamber pop of The Heavy Blinkers had become well known, winning them widespread acclaim, albeit without corresponding commercial success for their self-titled debut release in 2000 and the ‘Better Weather’ LP in 2002. The band reached a remarkable breakthrough with their fourth album ‘The Night and I Are Still So Young’ (2004), exhibiting a new maturity in this stunningly orchestrated pop masterpiece.
At the time that ‘The Night and I Are Still Young’ was recorded, The Heavy Blinkers were comprised of Andrew Watt, Greg Fry, Jason MacIsaac, Ruth Minnikin
, and Trevor Forbes
. MacIsaac is currently the only remaining original member of the band.
Two years in the making, this album consolidates the nocturnal orchestrations of the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev and grafts them onto material akin to 70’s era Beach Boys, Harry Nilsson or Randy Newman. This has led to the group gathering fans wide and afar, including Sondre Lerche, Van Dyke Parks and The High Llamas.
The luscious pop songmanship of this album has earned The Heavy Blinkers comparisons with Brian Wilson‘s best work at his peak, as well as international acclaim and devoted fans. The band’s sonic landscape is rich with multi-tracked vocals featuring an affecting interplay between Minnikin, Watt and MacIsaac, combined with a virtual enchanted forest of arrangements.
Label Obscura is giving this classic album the vinyl release it deserves. With brand new artwork by Yorodeo
, detailed liner notes by Brian Chidester
and pressed on 180-gram vinyl with a limited edition pressing of 300 copies, this release will bring plenty of smiles to fans new and old alike. It is now available for pre-order via Bandcamp
1. Filtered Light
2. In the Morning
3. Mother Dear
4. Try Telling That to My Baby
5. Gentle Strength
6. The Night and I Are Still So Young
7. He Heard His Song
8. Silver Crown
9. Veranda Celeste
10. Fall On My Sword
11. Unreasonably Sad
12. Don’t Get Me Wrong