Those of you who have been waiting for something new from Digging Roots won’t be disappointed with their latest offering: ‘For The Light.’ After four years of heavy touring in cities and remote corners of Canada, the US, Europe, Mexico and Australia (including the Canadian and Norwegian Arctic), Digging Roots is ready to share their new album.
Inspired by their travels, ‘For The Light’, firmly inhabits roots and blues with a nomadic wanderlust; confidently exploring other terrains from the inner cities, the back roads and all the places in between. The husband and wife songwriting team, Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish have written and produced a collection of love songs that reflects a maturing sense of storytelling. With sweet harmonies smokey wails and melodic accompaniments of ukulele, banjo, mellotron and of course Raven’s bombastic resonator guitar, this album is something special; an eclectic tapestry of light and dark sound that is vintage and fresh all at once.
Digging Roots recorded the bones of their last album ‘WE ARE’ while held up in a little cabin on the shores of Lake Simcoe with a host of collaborators including the iconic Kinnie Starr, DJ Bear Witness (of a Tribe Called Red) and avant-garde Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. The album explored a unique mix of roots, alternative, hip-hop and reggae with bluesy overtones and went on to win international critical acclaim and amassed a respectable collection of awards including a 2010 JUNO Award.
The duo (backed by full band) from Toronto, Ontario seem to have enjoyed a fairytale kind of good luck; recording in their own studio, traveling the world playing music, raising a family and winning awards — but in fact — it is old fashion hard work and a unique creative chemistry that is their secret.
They first met before an audition for a music festival while they were both still music students. They won their first gig after their chance meeting that day and haven’t looked back. It wasn’t long before they were writing songs and playing coffee houses and festivals. That same year they caught the attention of music manager Derek Andrews, signed a record deal, put together a band and started touring.
Digging Roots was born.
The following year they released their debut album ‘seeds’, to a wealth of critical success, awards and a JUNO nomination.
Their latest project, is rich with subtle references and sounds of their Indigenous roots. The lyrics go on further to tell tales of travellers, troublemakers, lovers and freedom fighters. There are stories of desperation and resilience, of simple pleasures and wide open spaces. With a whimsical thread of idealism, they propose the idea that love can keep the darkness at bay, with songs like the lazy summer afternoon of, ‘Sunshine;’ or the intimate longing of ‘Stay’. In contrast, the song, ‘HWY 17’, takes a fierce bluesy stand against the darkness in our own nature. Fans can still expect Digging Roots’ signature style of relaxed, unaffected optimism on such old school sounds of their single, ‘I’ve Got it Bad’ and the their pow-wow trail anthem, ‘All Night’.
The album’s masterpiece however, is the title track, ‘For The Light’. Sung in Anishinabemowin and English, the song forges into new sound spaces, unravelling and weaving the threads of tradition onto an entirely new design.
‘For The Light’ will be in stores on June 17th, just in time for the first day of summer and National Aboriginal Day, with a festival tour and performances booked across Canada, the U.S.