I’ll be honest. We listen to a lot of music over here — a lot of great music, a lot of just plain okay music, and a lot of “hey I like this!” flash-in-the-pan music, and it’s not often that you come across a keeper, some music you can really sink your teeth into, listen to on repeat, and invest your interest in for an extended time. Well, the Wilderness of Manitoba is one of those bands. Not only are they friendly (and up for anything, from playing on a giant green chair to moving the whole show to my backyard after a memory card dilemma), but they make wonderful music, with both natural talent and ease with one another as well as what seemed to be a very well-rehearsed, on-point sound.Those things — focused practice and ease of band dynamic– often get overlooked when we write reviews, but it’s what made classic groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young so powerful. With clean folk harmonies and a poet’s phrasing, the Wilderness of Manitoba draw on CSNY influences and add their own breed of emotive rockabye-baby comfort. They climbed up on a big chair for us on one of the hottest, muggiest days this summer, swarmed by bugs and threatening clouds, a mere stop on the road for them in between home in Toronto, an NPR sesh with Bob Edwards, and a show in Connecticut, and even in those conditions they sounded fresh and clean. Watch their two takeaway shows below, catch them on the road with Rasputina, and check out their new album, When You Left the Fire.
If you missed our last Music from Big Chair session with Jeremy Messersmith, check it out here.