I don’t think there are two more universally loved countries than Iceland and Canada. Artists from both countries (including Benni Hemm Hemm) have come together, putting their debut release on this ultra-limited run of flexi-disc books. Embassylights will make you think of the tundra and the warm people that each country plays host to. Embassylights is a real meeting of minds, as each song will remind you of parts of various acts you may have come across prior to this; the vocal stylings of Jamie Stewart (Xiu Xiu), the cadence of Do Make Say Think, the brooding instrumentation that can be found in Fleet Foxes, the rhythmic pulse of Talking Heads (as written in the synopsis) and so on. Suffice it to say, you’ll probably find something you can imprint on. The cover, with its salmon pinks and blues, invites you to come join the band under the far northern sun and just explore nature. Check out the Bandcamp stream of Embassylights below and see what you think of it. Cheers!

 

The Details

EMBASSYLIGHTS is the new collaborative side project for Woodpigeon’s Mark Hamilton. His latest creative venture sees him pair up with two of Reykjavik's most intriguing songsmiths Beni Hemm Hemm and Prins Póló, alongside fellow Calgary natives Samantha Savage Smith and Laura Leif.

The ensemble boasts a talent exchange between six distinct personalities that took place during a residency exchange in Iceland. With sound ranging from the elegiac soundscapes of Bedhead, the rhythms of Talking Heads, a dash of ’60s girl group pop, and rock songs based on Icelandic folklore EMBASSYLIGHTS prove the language of music is one that is internationally understood.

WHAT IS A FLEXI-DISC? Developed in communist Russia through the pressing and distribution of (illegal) pop music on old X-Rays (called "Bones"), flexis have since come to embody a variety of products thinner than a normal vinyl record. Flexi-discs are a phonograph record made of a thin, flexible vinyl sheet with a moulded-in spiral stylus groove, designed to be playable on a normal record player.

The EMBASSYLIGHTS release is made up of 4 double sided flexi-discs that are housed between illustrations by Asad Pervaiz (with a cover collage by band member Laura Leif and friends Heather Kai Smith, Kali Urquhart, and Dallin Ursenbach) bound as a hard cover book. They are a strictly limited run

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