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Exclusive preview: The Once – ‘The Bend’


Newfoundland’s The Once will release their first album in more than six years on Feb. 16, and today they’re giving us another taste of it.

We here at Roots Music Canada are thrilled to premiere “The Bend,” the second single from Out Here.

The song is understated indie folk-pop with a fairly profound message.

The band’s Geraldine Hollett described it by saying, “Sometimes the tears you cry are dripping with realization. And when you know whatever is in your heart, you know. Follow your own path. Don’t be afraid to leave the old world behind.”

The songs on Out Here are described in its promo material as combining “an arresting sense of loss with the belief that the good can be found in all people, and a desire to bring it out here for everyone to enjoy.”

This material is soaked with the poetic charm and sunny sadness of the trio’s collective disposition, it says.

“With Out Here, the trio delivers a thoughtful and playful assembly of songs mingling their musical roots from Newfoundland along with folk, bluegrass, country, Americana, and modern indie rock. The group has created a sound representative of their home province of Newfoundland while pushing the boundaries on the great Canadian songbook with their soothing vocal harmony and acoustically rich core.”

The members of the once, Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale, and Phil Churchill, have collectively earned themselves several Canadian Folk Music Awards, numerous ECMA awards and two JUNO nominations and been named Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council.

This forthcoming album has already been named one of the most anticipated of 2024 by Exclaim and CBC Music.


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