Premiere: Isaac Vallentin – “Hedera Demos”

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Last Fall, Ottawa’s Isaac Vallentin put out a gorgeous folktronica album entitled Hedera which we continue to be in awe of. Given our admiration, we owls are very pleased to be premiering Isaac’s latest release, Hedera Demos. As its name suggests, Hedera Demos is a collection of the early takes of some of Hedera’s songs, whose roughness  makes for a gripping listen alongside their finished partners or alone. There’s also a cover of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love” included for an extra little treat.

Isaac had this to tell us about Hedera Demos:

“I forgot about the demos I’d sent to my friends while I was making Hedera, until I was sitting in their living room and it came on the stereo. I was like “Who is this? This sounds pretty fresh!

I found out a couple weeks ago that I’m moving to Italy at the end of April. The shows I’m playing in March will be my last concerts in Canada for at least a year. I’ve been taking inventory of my personal belongings and getting rid of everything I can’t bring with me—including these old demos. Putting them out feels like a good way to tie up the Hedera chapter of my life. Plus, I’ve started work on a new record that sounds nothing like this stuff, so it’s kind of now or never.”

Take a listen to Hedera Demos below and be sure to catch Isaac at Pressed in Ottawa on March 5 and at The Great Hall in Toronto on March 18.
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