Great Northern (Solon Bixler, Rachel Stolte) released their atmospheric and melodic debut album, Trading Twilight For Daylight in 2007. With its catchy hooks, lush keys and breathy vocals, it was received warmly and created a solid buzz, as well as being featured in â€˜Best Of 2007â€™ lists from Filter, Under The Radar, KCRW and Live 105.
Their new album, Remind Me Where the Light Is, is the work of a more seasoned group, one that has been on the road for months (touring with the likes of Silversun Pickups, Cold War Kids, Ladytron, Spoon & Fiery Furnaces) missed home, seen the world, and returned, not entirely prepared to sit still and write. It became very clear to them that they were going to do things a little differently this time.
On Remind Me Where The Light Is, Solon Bixler and Rachel Stolte are not afraid to delve into darkness. “We took a lot more risks by entering uncomfortable territory that wasn’t touched on the last record,” Bixler says. “We dug deeper into the unpleasant, which helped us to find the beauty.” Wishing to expand their sound, Bixler and Stolte began working with producer Michael Patterson (Beck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beck, Puff Daddy, She Wants Revenge) and Nic Jodoin. The results being upbeat, guitar-driven songs, yet with the familiar layered vocals and sweeping, panoramic sound.
Great Northern take bigger chances on this album; “We are content to be learning as we go,” Stolte says, “trying to overcome the fear of changing ourselves, constantly redefining ourselves as artists, and never creating the same thing twice. We hope the people who hear our music will relate to this next chapter of our lives.”
Given the ease with which Bixler and Stolte foster an immediate intimacy with their audience, listeners new and old are certain to not only relate to them, but to join in on the journey from the darkness, back to the light.
Listen to the single, â€˜Housesâ€™, here:
Artist: Great Northern
Album: Remind Me Where The Light Is
Label: Eenie Meenie
Release: April 28, 2009
US Tour Dates (venues TBD):
3/11 – Seattle, WA
3/12 – Portland, OR
3/14 – San Francisco, CA
3/16 – Los Angeles, CA
3/17 – Tucson, AZ
3/19 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/20 – Austin, TX – SXSW
3/21 – Austin, TX – SXSW