As the band was set to record its first full length record on Mayne Island in BC, Canada in the spring of 2020, the world slowly came to a standstill. We, hindered with the rest of our ilk, saw our plans come to a screeching halt. As the planet started to adapt to the COVID crisis we sought refuge in various places to secure ourselves with work, love, and sanity. The search would cause us to split and leave terra firma Boston.
After a month or so, we decided we could, if nothing else, create; provided we maintain caution. Ethan Hawkins had been living in Pennsylvania, on a farm rife with small cabins erected from the scraps of the lumber company just up the hill. Ethan Setiawan, Louise Bichan and Casey Murray arrived in the first week of July, and before long we had written, arranged, and recorded the material for Caribou Party, in a little cottage engulfed by tiger lilies and a barn full of old armchairs.
We couldn’t have known, along with our surprise determination in the wake of the pandemic, that the music would sit in such a proud place in our hearts. Tiny hints of likened surprise are riddled across the record’s spontaneous attitude through which our music took shape: herding cows, wind chimes, solar powered batteries, and a guest appearance by Darol Anger. We departed the farm rejuvenated, with inspiration anew.
We hope that the minute your finger touches play, you feel the gravity that we felt listening to the notes leave our little music boxes. Come celebrate with us as we release this small blessing in the middle of a chaotic upset in human history, and know that we all still have the capacity to be grateful for ourselves, for love, and for the music that we share with one another.
“Caribou Party weaves together lush instrumental textures, thoughtful arrangements, and intimate lyrics, culminating in an exciting collection of tunes and songs that will keep you listening to the twists and turns, while drawing you into the space of four friends making music amidst a global pandemic.” Allison de Groot
“Deep grooves, beautiful songs, exceptionally rendered fiddle tunes, and playing of the very highest level. Big fan!!" Joe K Walsh