Birds of Bellwoods are debuting their studio EP The Fifth at Lee’s Palace on August 13th. Since our “Bands Spotted” feature of the Toronto-based Alt-Folk band, we have continued to follow their musical journey, as they become the city’s staple band for folk music.
Producer Johnny Simmen, who also served as percussionist for the project, recorded The Fifth at A Stare Away Studios. The EP features world-class violist Jesse Morrison on “Sky”, and violinist Jeremy Foster on “Come Home”, “Grey Ghosts” and title track “The Fifth”.
The band has come a long way since their release of the live recording of Livewires. Though they add in some new elements including progressive rock and pop, they stay true to their “foot-stomping, barn burning level of energy” which is always captured throughout their live performances. The band notes, “The Fifth, takes the listener on an unmistakable journey”.
“Sky” is the first track released and beautifully captures the heart and soul of the anticipated EP. The inspiration of “Sky” plays tribute to a loss of a friend. Each track fills the listener with emotion that is being poured out by the members whether it being from the vocals or instrumentals.
Listen to “Sky” below:
Celebrate and join them at the release party on August 13th HERE.