Percolate vocal harmonies, deft instrumentals, and
subtle time signature changes are what filter into the superb
arrangements of the hallmark Calgary trio Raleigh. With intricate
refrains woven by cello, piano, and guitar, Raleigh are as much ear
candy as head candy - thoughtful and emotive, restrained, but utterly
engaging. Unafraid of both straight-up pop hooks, folk traditions and
complex song structure, this is a band uniquely shaping their own space
in new music. Raleigh's lush composition draws on the finer elements of
earthy folk, chamber pop and art-damaged indie rock, with delicate
melodies that hold the whole thing together, resulting in a sound that
has been described as "a more thoughtful, elegant indie", and "dynamic,
quirky folk." Having cut their teeth in diverse acts including
Woodpigeon and the Dudes, this trio stems from a lofty lineage. Both
boisterous and rock solid, Raleigh will relentlessly capture your
affections with their boundless grace.
Since the conception of theband in 2010, Raleigh has toured Canada a handful of times with highlight performances including the Calgary Folk Fest, Salmon Arm Roots& Blues Festival, NXNE, Sled Island, and Breakout West, as well as opening slots for Dan Mangan, the Books, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Cold Specks, Snowblink, and AroarA.
"Sun Grenades & Grenadine Skies," Raleigh's sophomore full length, was recorded at Montreal studioHotel 2 Tango with Howard Bilerman and Greg Smith and expands on the themes of the first record, "New Times in Black and White," meshing pop sensibilities with hazardous song structure.
"Raleigh create beautifully layered songs that are as delicate as they are sophisticated. Tight vocal harmonies interweave and counterpoint with instrumental arrangements that sound far larger than their lineup might indicate. Geiger and Anais' lyrics are both literate and accessible, creating an entire storybook world where characters are well rounded and familiar, traveling through settings that are all their own." - (Beatroute Magazine)
"Without question, the indie/folk anthems Raleigh pen are beautiful, but they aren't suffocated by their own preciousness. Jazzy numbers like "Marrow" and slow burners like the LP closer, "Savant" are laced with quirky transitions and Waits like percussion clanks. Unlike so many bands that prefer a softer voice and hushed tones, the results speak volumes." - (Herohill)
"Cello, guitar and drums, melded into a sound solid enough to make them stand out from the pack."" - (The Wounded Jukebox)
"A More Thoughtful, Elegant Indie: Raleigh released its debut album, a wondrous opus with original musical motifs in droves. Clea Anais, Brock Geiger, and Matt Doherty blend cello, guitar, and drums to create little gems of aural and literary pulchritude." - (the Voice Magazine)