“Pulling you along so gently…completely timeless sound.” – NPR All Songs Considered
“Steady percussion and bass set a hypnotic pace that lull the listener into a shoegaze-y trance. Swelling brass pushes through the sleepy soundscape, an unexpected sonic choice that coaxes you gently from dreamland and back into the real world.” – Paste (On “Hallboy”)
“Sam Sarty’s lead vocals graze atop a celestial wash of guitar strums, steady percussion, and swelling horns. It’s a melancholic, introspective ballad that ascends to a cathartic climax — a tantalizing hint of what’s to come, considering it’s the first track on the album.” – Stereogum (On “Hallboy”)
Today, Winnipeg’s Living Hour share their new LP Softer Faces with the world. Out via Kanine Records, everything about the band has been expanding since their humble basement beginnings in 2015. What started with dreamy love songs inspired by the cinematic sky of their hometown has transformed into even more sprawling and expansive expressions on their latest effort.
NPR’s All Songs Considered notes that while the band can fit right alongside 90s heros Slowdive and Cocteau Twins, that Living Hour possess a “completely timeless sound” and one that pulls “you along so gently.” Softer Faces is available to stream and purchase on all platforms today.
Currently, Living Hour is in the middle of a winter / spring North American tour that includes a stop at SXSW and ends with a return home to Winnipeg in March. See full dates below.
MORE ABOUT LIVING HOUR’S SOFTER FACES
What started as a quartet is now a quintet, though still led by the smoky, ethereal lead vocals of Sam Sarty (vocals, trombone, keyboard), who started singing in choirs at a young age. With her strong vocal backbone, musicians Gil Carroll (guitar), Adam Soloway (guitar, vocals), Alex Chochinov (drums, trumpet, organelle), and Brett Ticzon (bass, vocals) are able to shine. Three voices, guitar, trombone, brushed percussion, and boundless effects sees Living Hour pulling from many genres to create their own sonically diverse and unique vibe.
Softer Faces follows up to their highly-praised 2016 S/T debut, featuring haunting, ethereal vocals accompanied by lush, expansive instrumentation. The album was produced by Kurt Feldman (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Chairlift, DIIV, Dum Dum Girls) in Living Hour’s hometown and mixed by Jarvis Taveniere (Real Estate, Woods, Blouse, Widowspeak) at Thump Studios in Brooklyn.
Known for their mesmerizing and deeply-moving live show, Living Hour has toured Europe, the UK and North America. Their performance captures the dreamy, emotional power of the band’s recordings, creating a mesmerizing, unforgettable, cathartic, and deeply moving live music experience. Sarty finds that, “Sometimes people are a little turned off and not living in the now or being present. I find that when you perform, it’s one of the most present moments that you can be in. You’re living in the hour.”
03/01 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fallout
03/02 – Chicago, IL – The Hideout
03/03 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
03/04 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR
03/05 – Washington DC – Songbyrd
03/06 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
03/07 – New York, NY – Pianos
03/08 – Roanoke, VA – Billy’s Barn
03/09 – Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover
03/10 – Athens, GA – World Famous
03/12 – Austin, TX – SXSW – KVRX @ The Love Goat – 4pm
03/12 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Melted Magazine Showcase – 8:30pm
03/12 Austin, TX – SXSW – Cooper’s BBQ – Midnight
03/13 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Flitch Fest – 5pm
03/14 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Bungalow Break Out West – 3pm
03/15 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Music For Listeners @ Lazarus Brew Co – Noon
03/16 – Salado, TX – Barrow
03/18 – Phoenix, AZ – Lunchbox
03/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Factory
03/23 – Las Vegas, NV – Starboard Tack
03/25 – Billings, MT – Kirks Grocery
03/28 – Winnipeg – The West End Cultural Centre