The Deep Dark Woods Emerge with Second Label Release, Jubilee, Produced By Folk-Revivalist Jonathan Wilson


Saskatchewan gothic-folk quintet The Deep Dark Woods—who’ve earned accolades including JUNO® Award and Americana Award nominations and wins at the Canadian Folk Music Awards and Western Canadian Music Awards—released their sophomore label album (and fifth overall), Jubilee, on Sept. 30 via Sugar Hill Records. The 13-track project was produced by L.A.-based folk revivalist Jonathan Wilson (Dawes, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Father John Misty), and it beautifully builds on the acclaimed psychedelic, electric-folk sound of The Deep Dark Woods’ previous efforts.

Recorded in a cabin in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains near Bragg Creek, Alberta, Jubilee journeys through folk and rock history, from California to the UK, from the 1970s to the present day. The album nods to genre pioneers such as The Byrds and Fairport Convention before heading into altogether new territory of soundscapes, and the results sound at once in and out of modern time. 

Jubilee has been met with ample praise from critics, and here’s what some are saying:

“The Deep Dark Woods are a rare group who make the type of honest, timeless music that we don’t get the opportunity to hear much these days. Jubilee is their best album yet, and may very well be remembered as the most sincere release of 2013.”

Paste

“This album isn't going to feature in many top ten album lists but that is more down to what does win these things nowadays to any failings from 'Jubilee'...Best kept for those cold winter nights when the wind and rain is beating on your cabin door."

Maverick 

"It’s a wonderful mix of elements and influences — skillfully distilled through the band’s own sensibilities — resulting in an album, that with listening multiple times, sounds better and better. It’s my first journey through these Deep Dark Woods but it certainly won’t be my last.”

– Rapid River Magazine

“…Elegant and engaging…”

–  CMT Edge

 “ Full of foggy, mysterious soundscapes…these are songs that build in slow, flowing layers…”

–  All Music 

“'Jubilee' is an amazing recording that will thrill both cool kids and old-school heads alike.”

– Currentland Magazine

Comprised of Boldt, Chris Mason (vocals, bass), Lucas Goetz (drums/percussion, vocals), Geoff Hilhorst (keys) and Linthicum, the tight-knit members of The Deep Dark Woods are old friends and trusted collaborators. Lead singer Boldt writes most of the lyrics, but songwriting credits on Jubilee are also shared with Mason, former bandmate Burke Barlow and new addition Clayton Linthicum. The band recorded Jubilee mostly live off the floor, which allowed for a collective and often spontaneous approach to songcraft. Lyrically, Jubilee shows artistic growth and finesse, and the new album features some of band’s finest songs yet. 

The Deep Dark Woods are on the road this fall in both the U.S. and Canada in support of Jubilee. For the most up-to-date tour information, please visit www.thedeepdarkwoods.com.

The Deep Dark Woods Fall 2013 Tour:
SEATTLE, WA: Sunset Tavern, October 9 ~
BELLINGHAM, WA: The Green Frog, October 10
VANCOUVER, BC: The Venue, October 11 *
VICTORIA, BC: Upstairs Cabaret, October 13 *
LETHBRIDGE, AB: Geomatic Attic, October 30 *
CALGARY, AB: The Republik, October 31 *
EDMONTON, AB: Avenue Theatre, November 1 *
SASKATOON, SK: Louis Pub, November 2 *
REGINA, SK: The Exchange, November 5 *
MINNEAPOLIS, MN: Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre, November 7
MADISON, WI: The Frequency, November 8
EVANSTON, IL: SPACE, November 12
TORONTO, ON: The Great Hall, November 14 #
BURNSTOWN, ON: Neat Coffee Shop, November 15 #
OTTAWA, ON: Ritual, November 16 #
HAMDEN, CT: The Outerspace, November 18
NORTHAMPTON, MA: Iron Horse Music Hall, Nov 19
NEW YORK, NY: Mercury Lounge, November 20
PHILADELPHIA, PA: World Cafe, Upstairs Live, November 21
VIENNA, VA: Jammin’ Java, November 22
KNOXVILLE, TN: Barley’s Taproom, December 3
NASHVILLE, TN: Loveless Cafe Barn, December 4
ATLANTA, GA: The Earl Restaurant + Lounge, December 5
ASHEVILLE, NC: ISIS Restaurant + Music Hall, December 6
COLUMBUS, GA: The Loft, December 7
HOUSTON, TX: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, December 10
AUSTIN, TX: Stubb’s BBQ, December 11
DENVER, CO: Hi-Dive, December 14
BILLINGS, MT: The Railyard, Dec 16

 

* = with guests The Sumner Brothers
# = with guest Michael Rault
~ = with guest Daniel Romano