by Tiana Feng

Released on February 15, 2011 was Seeds by Hey Rosetta. It’s the follow up to their 2008 Polaris nominated Into Your Lungs (And Around In Your Heart And On Through Your Blood and in 3 years the band has grown in sound and as a group.

1. Seeds
2. Yer Spring
3. Young Glass
4. Bricks
5. New Sum (Nous Sommes)
6. Downstairs
7. Welcome
8. Seventeen
9. Yer Fall
10. Parson Brown (Upirngaangutuq Iqalunni)
11. Bandages

Released on Sonic Records, Seeds was produced by the same dude as Belle and Sabastian, Mogwai, and Wintersleep.

The opening track Seeds welcomes you to the sound of the mandolin, something that has become a sort of signature to the way they open their live shows. In 3 years you can hear how much more confident Tim Baker’s voice sounds with a little bit more of an aggressive edge than on the previous album. They thirst for creativity and you can hear it through their alternating between vast orchestration and moments of silences.

Yer Spring was released before the album, but I still love the track. The thumping kick drum, Tim Baker’s melancholy voice, the instrumental build up that feels so full of joy.

Parson Brown (Upirngaangutuq Iqalunni) starts off as a beautiful track with strings, a tiny touch of piano, flutes and distorted singing that build up to a full orchestral sound before becoming almost a hard rock track with strange throat singing at the end. You’ll fall in love with the track and then go “wtf” at the end.

Overall, Seeds sounds like a better version of nto Your Lungs (And Around In Your Heart And On Through Your Blood, a little bit similar but different. Hey Rosetta is known for their start from soft then build up to epicness type formula (with some resemblance to Arcade Fire at times) but in Seeds the songs have a little bit more edge and a harder rock sound.

Hey Rosetta!- Yer Spring[audio:]
Hey Rosetta!- Bandages
Parson Brown (Upirngaangutuq Iqalunni)

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