The orchestral indie pop band Groenland from Montreal, led by Sabrina Halde and Jean-Vivier Lévesque, has been charming audiences everywhere for over four years. Groenland's new album A Wider Space was released on September 16th, 2016.
While their debut album The Chase, which was praised by the public and sold over 32k copies in Canada since its release in April 2013, depicted people and anecdotes with lightness, A Wider Space is more personal and realistic. The new LP bears witness to the darker sides of adventure, the flip side of touring. It’s a manifesto about what follows the euphoria felt at the beginning of an adventure, the band explains. The lyrics speak of anxiety, fear, survival, acceptance and the courage to see yourself in the most vulnerable way.
However, A Wider Space is not a downbeat album. Producer Marcus Paquin (Local Natives, Arcade Fire, The National, etc.) made good use of Groenland’s creative forces. Still guided by Sabrina’s powerful vocals and punctuated by exuberant orchestral arrangements, these ten new songs daringly mix electro and organic elements. From the surprising sax solo on Healing Suns to the comforting ukulele on the title track, A Wider Space reflects the band’s newly-found maturity and recalls the joie de vivre closely associated with Groenland’s performances since the very beginning.
Groenland took on Europe in the spring of 2015, with shows in Germany, France, Netherlands and UK. Previously, the band has performed in numerous festivals and has played alongside renowned artists such as St. Vincent, Local Natives, Mac DeMarco and Half Moon Run. Groenland’s résumé includes amongst others shows at London Calling (NL), Reeperbahn Festival (DE) and the Montreal Jazz Festival (CAN).
In 2013, the band was praised as ‘the best M for Montreal had to offer’ by Dutch music magazine OOR. The article ended with the sentence ‘get them over here now’, which is exactly what we plan to do.