The Provincial Archive recently won the Edmonton Music Prize for their 'It's All Shaken Wonder' album. Their "Daisy Garden" infuses indie folk with jangly pop that brings together its quirky lyrics with an infectious sound. Singer/guitarist Craig Schram noted the song was about his grandmother's struggle with the decline of her mental state, although it's sure to touch many who feel out of sorts when it comes to relating to the world.
"I'm out of order, don't throw me away…"
"Bad Kids" from their latest caught my ear on CBCr3 [profile & streams]. A cover of Elliott Smith's "Son of Sam" was on their 'Hide Like a Secret' EP released earlier in the year. Smith noted the song isn't about the serial killer, a dark touchstone of a year that means a great deal to me: 1977.