Album Stream: Whitehorse - Leave No Bridge Unburned

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Canadian duo Whitehorse is scheduled to release their sophomore full-length Leave No Bridge Unburned next week, and although they’ve maintained their minimalist approach (their lineup includes no drummer or additional instrumentalists), this time around they say they’ve benefitted from a bit of outside input. Working with producer Gus Van Go for the first time, members Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland found that encouragement from a third party allowed them to lean into their sound.

“When you produce your own albums, you have your head up your ass a bit,” said Doucet. “You deny yourself the opportunity to benefit from other people’s listening experiences. I’d say the result isn’t a particularly different approach to songwriting—Gus made us rewrite songs endlessly so they would sound more like the Whitehorse he knew and enjoyed, as he thought we were straying from the core of our sound when he heard the original demos—but rather a different approach to building the skeleton.

Leave No Bridge Unburned is set for release on Feb. 17 via Six Shooter Records.

“This record has vastly different bones than our previous ones,” Doucet said. “They are stronger and more deliberate.”

Stream Leave No Bridge Unburned in its entirety in the player above, and view Whitehorse’s upcoming tour dates in below.

Whitehorse Tour Dates
March
12 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement
13 – Memphis, Tenn. @ Hi-Tone Café
14 – Birmingham, Ala. @ Bottletree
16 – Dallas, Texas @ Prophet Bar Elm St. Room
18 & 20 – Austin, Texas @ SXSW
19 – Houston, Texas @ Mucky Duck
23 – Tucson, Ariz. @ Club Congress
25 – San Diego, Calif. @ Soda Bar
26 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hotel Café
28 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Hotel Utah
29 – Santa Cruz, Calif. @ Crepe Place
31 – Portland, Ore. @ Doug Fir Lounge
April
1 – Seattle, Wash. @ Tractor Tavern
8 – Victoria, B.C. @ Alix Gooldin
9 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Commodore
10 – Kelowna, B.C. @ Kelowna Community Theatre
12 – Valemount, B.C. @ Valemount Community Theatre
15 – Edmonton, AB @ Francis Winspear Centre for Music
16 – Calgary, AB @ Jack Singer Concert Hall
17 – Banff, AB @ Banff Centre
18 – Lethbridge, AB @ Southminster United Church
21 & 22 – Saskatoon, SK @ Broadway Theatre
24 – Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
28 – Minneapolis. Minn. @ 7th St Entry
29 – Madison, Wisc. @ The Frequency
30 – Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Shank Hall
May
1 – Chicago, Ill. @ Schubas
3 – Goshen, Ind. @ Ignition Garage
4 – Ann Arbor, Mich. @ The Ark
8 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
9 – Guelph, ON @ River Run Centre
12 – London, ON @ London Music Hall
13 – Kingston, ON @ Grand Theatre (Rosen Auditorium)
14 – Ottawa, ON @ National Arts Centre
17 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ World Café Live
19 – New York, N.Y. @ Joe’s Pub
21 – Cambridge, Mass. @ Club Passim
22 – Northampton, Mass. @ Iron Horse
23 – Annapolis, Md. @ Rams Head on Stage
24 – Washington, D.C. @ Hill Country
26 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Club Café
27 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Beachland Ballroom Tavern
28 – Columbus, Ohio @ The Basement
29 – Louisville, Ky. @ Zanzabar

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