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The Heirlooms on avoiding genre traps and keeping momentum  

Saturday 17th, February 2018 / 12:00
By Jodi Brak 

 

Calgary psych-rock group drops single and hints at album.

CALGARY – Seeking to create something honest, something reflective of internal struggles and the satisfaction of overcoming them, Calgary indie-psych-rockers The Heirlooms are on the verge of releasing their latest single, a teaser of their new album to come in 2018.  

The four-piece, fronted by Kat Westermann, have released three albums, each building upon their mellow, rainy day vibes while incorporating something new. Clean guitar riffs rise around subtle drum beats and lilting keyboard melodies to create a soundscape conducive to moonlit drives and introspective contemplation of the sunrise. At times, though, the pace picks up and leads to something more upbeat; like a folk anthem begging the listener to enjoy life despite the ups and downs.  

“I think all of us really just want every song to be somewhat different, and that leads us to having quite the diverse set list to play in terms of having different emotive qualities for different crowds and different places,” Westermann remarks.

“In that way, it’s kind of nice that we’ve avoided falling into one particular genre or another.”  

In the first week of March, The Heirlooms will be releasing a brand new single which they have been working on throughout the winter. The track (or tracks, as it may be) is going to be a glimpse into their latest full length release which is planned for release later in the year.  

“One of the songs we will be recording we actually just wrote about a week ago!”  

Westermann says, “it just felt like it was way too good to not record right away, we were all quite excited about it.”  

“The first one we are recording is called “Feel This Out,” and it’s a really fun sounding song, but the lyrics are actually about having horrible social anxiety,” she says, with a bit of a chuckle.

“It centres around how sometimes what you say and what you feel in a situation kind of contradict each other. The other one is called “Hear Me Now,” and it’s about coming out of a funk… How coming out of that period of introspection can actually make you stronger. It’s a very fun, beachy type of song. It’s super groovy, and there is a drum solo!” 

These new singles will be the first releases from The Heirlooms to feature some new instrumentation they are experimenting with, namely organs and more pronounced keys and piano interspersed throughout the songs.  

 

Catch The Heirlooms on Saturday, Feb. 24 at The Ironwood Stage (Calgary), and stay tuned to their Facebook page for their newest single release on Friday, Mar. 2, along with a show at The Palomino (Calgary)

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