From Toronto Canada comes Indie folk band Northern Roads and their delightful new “Take Your Time” EP.

Their fun, often reflective tracks create the perfect musical respite from hectic day-to-day life.

“Soaked Parade,” for example, is a gorgeous acoustic-folk daydream featuring the intricate guitar finesse of guitarist Robert Almeida.

” ‘Soaked Parade’ is where (someone) who had their heart broken finally starts to see a light at the end of the tunnel and is saying, ‘you can’t do anything else to me ’cause I’ve already felt the worst I can,’ says Northern Roads’ songwriter Matt McCartney.

We at PRP think it’s pretty special, and recently added it to the station’s playlist.

Have a listen:

Soaked Parade

Northern Roads consists of long-time friends Connor Allen, lead vocals; Mitch McCartney, guitar and vocals; Robert Almeida, guitar, vocals; and Matt McCartney, guitar, percussion and vocals. The band’s sound draws inspiration from Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers and City in Colour.

All tracks on the EP are originals and the band was selected to play at Canada’s largest new music festival: Canadian Music Week 2015 and 2016. The band’s music has been added to playlists on internet radio stations in the U.K., Australia, and most recently, the Netherlands.

Says McCartney: “‘Soaked Parade” and “Take Your Time” seem to be getting the most airplay in both the U.S. and Canada, but “Set Me Free” and “Flew Right By” are also played by some stations.”

We asked the band to tell us a little bit about their foot-stomping “Set Me Free.”

“That’s a song that wrote itself,” said McCartney, “and when we added the harmonica, it really brought it to life!”


Does the band plan to tour down here in the states any time soon?

“We would love to come to the states to tour, but currently do not have any set dates,” says McCartney. That’s too bad, because music lovers in Portland and Eugene would likely love to have them!

“Flew Right By” – the EP’s closer – is another beautiful highlight from the new EP; we especially love the harmonics during the intro.

Flew Right By

You can find music by Northern Roads on iTunes and on their website.

We hope to see them in the Pacific Northwest soon!

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