One year since the release of Reuben And The Dark‘s celebrated debut album on Arts & Crafts, the Calgary band fronted by singer-songwriter Reuben Bullock announces the Funeral Sky Deluxe expanded edition. The digital release features six bonus tracks, including “Winter’s Widow” and “The Rain”, staples from Reuben And The Dark’s enchanting live show, “Red River” – Reuben’s collaboration with Charles Spearin for The Globe And Mail Presents: Broadsheet Music: A Year In Review (2014) – and alternate versions of “Standing Still”, “Marionette”, and current single “Bow And Arrow”. Funeral Sky Deluxe is available for pre-order or complete-my-album via iTunes today, and comes with an instant download of “Bow And Arrow”. Existing Funeral Sky customers can purchase the bonus tracks exclusively from Gallery AC.
Celebrating a year of accolades for Funeral Sky, Reuben And The Dark shares the MuchFACT supported music video for “Bow And Arrow”, directed by Brock Mitchell. The cinematic video chronicles the tense relationship of a father and son, with fiery overtones igniting the depths within this lush and pensive song.
Reuben And The Dark has carried incredible momentum into 2015 on the strength of current single “Bow And Arrow” and extensive touring throughout North America. Following the Alternative and CBC radio success of dark folk anthem “Rolling Stone” and the uplifting gospel of “Devil’s Time”, “Bow And Arrow” ignited new discovery of Reuben And The Dark via Shazam through an extensive Travel Alberta TV, cinema, and in-flight promotional campaign. Reuben And The Dark’s charming live performances earned the band supporting tours with Boy & Bear and The Paper Kites, as well as appearances at Austin City Limits, Osheaga, Winnipeg Folk Festival, and Saskatchewan Jazz Festival with St. Vincent. The band continues to tour extensively this summer, including appearances at Ottawa Jazz and Calgary Folk festivals, following rapturous shows with Counting Crows in Eastern Canada earlier this month. All tour dates are listed below and can also be found HERE.
Produced by Florence and the Machine drummer Christopher Lloyd Hayden and Stephen Kozmeniuk (Madonna, Nicki Minaj) and mixed by Jim Abbiss (Adele, Arctic Monkeys), Funeral Sky draws heavily from frontman Reuben Bullock’s childhood as the son of a traveling preacher, a life he rebelled against, spurning the spiritual world for a wilder one that he now considers himself lucky to have survived. Those trials fuelled notebooks full of poems and lyrics that spawned the incredibly personal and acclaimed Funeral Sky, highlighted by songs like the anthemic “Rolling Stone” and the elegiac “Bow & Arrow”. The Funeral Sky Deluxe expanded edition showcases Reuben And The Dark’s penchant for dynamics, ranging from stark lo-fi dirges to rich atmospherics. Previously unreleased tracks like “Winter’s Widow” and “Red River” crystallize Reuben’s accomplished songwriting, while alternate versions of Funeral Sky tracks illustrate his adventurous sonic spirit.
Reuben And The Dark Tour Dates:
June 20 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Jazz Festival
July 4 – Orillia, ON – Mariposa Folk Festival
July 5 – Sudbury, ON – Northern Lights Festival Boreal ^
July 14 – Toronto, ON – Panamania #
July 23-24 – Calgary, ON – Calgary Folk Festival
July 25 – Oliver, BC – Tinhorn Creek Winery
Aug 7-9 – Fernie, BC – Wapiti Festival
^ w/ Dan Mangan + Blacksmith
# w/ Joel Plaskett Emergency, Cold Specks, more