Royal Canoe Shares “Scratching Static”

Winnipeg’s award winning indie-pop, and continuously creative collective, Royal Canoe reveal another epic track and visual for “Scratching Static” (feat NNAMDÏ) today. Taken from their upcoming new LP, Sidelining, coming out on July 9, 2021 via Paper Bag Records / Birthday Cake Records, the band built a ‘vizualizer’ for the track, cleverly comprised entirely of GIFs. Atwood premiered the track and video, praising it as “a patchwork tapestry of vibrant sounds that coalesce with remarkable finesse. It’s a genreless pool of driving, colorful music that, thanks to NNAMDÏ’s visceral, dynamic (and seemingly effortless) performance, hits home just right.”

“The initial idea for the song came from observing the relentless hustle of NYC jazz musicians – especially the drummers who find a way to condense their whole setup into a bag or dolly that they throw into a cab or drag onto the train, so they can hop from gig to gig to gig, night after night,” says the band. “There’s something compelling about this ability to adapt and stay hungry and keep your head above water within this hyper-competitive environment. We mentioned this concept to NNAMDÏ (Chicago vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, and all-around brilliant human), and in a couple hours, at our practice space while he was waiting to go to a soundcheck, and with a mesmerizing display of lyrical ingenuity and vocalist swagger he was able to write/record these stacks of flamboyant stream of consciousness words that somehow managed to seamlessly weave between the lyrics we already had and also provide some connective tissue for the non-linear musical ideas of the song.”