By Willow Grier
Despite their relative lack of experience, Winnipeg’s Yes We Mystic creates mature, beautifully refined music. Their 2013 debut Floods and Fires was a complexly orchestrated masterpiece of the blossoming indie-folk genre with cinematic highs and morose, chilling lows.
As a follow-up, Yes We Mystic has released the Vestige 7-inch, containing two originals and an additional download of five remixes. While it may seem like two tracks is little to work with, the songs are richly roaring and elegantly captivating with a broad spectrum of instrumentation and beautifully emotive vocals. Remixed, they play out so sonically different that the project feels like a complete album. Reworked highlights include electro pop musician and Calgarian Mark Mills’ sprightly and animated rendition of “Wood Wheel.” Kelowna one-man band and film score creator Andrew Judah also shines with his dreamy and laid back, looping approach to “The Contest of Strength.”
Metaphorically, Vestige induces that lucid state when you wake from a dream only to find yourself awake inside another. It has layer upon layer and is completely hypnotic.Vestige, Yes We Mystic