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Island release of Olympic Symphonium album at The Dunk

Olympic SymphoniumThe Olympic Symphonium are set to release their fifth studio album, Beauty In The Tension, on February 9 via Forward Music. You can hear them perform songs from the new album March 3 at The Dunk in Breadalbane.

For six days last winter, Nick Cobham, Kyle Cunjak, Dennis Goodwin, and Graeme Walker holed up in the legendary Old Confidence Lodge studio in Riverport, Nova Scotia to focus on 13 new compositions. Working long days with the help and stamina of engineer Diego Medina, the band laid down a batch of songs that were road-tested and ready to be captured in this Oddfellows Hall-cum-studio.

Delicious home-cooked meals and harmony vocals were provided by Jennah Barry, a fellow resident of Nova Scotia's south shore, and additional instrumentation was provided by Michael Belyea (Jenn Grant), Tim Crabtree (Paper Beat Scissors), and composer / arranger Drew Jurecka. Sonic inspiration came from Pink Floyd, guitar-monies, and Chicago power-ballads.

The Olympic Symphonium has been trudging through the murkier depths of the Canadian music stream since 2005. Though the band has toured Europe several times, performed at world-renowned events (the Olympic Winter Games, Pop Montreal, and Liverpool Sound City to name a few), and joined forces with an international label, the past couple years have been spent concentrating on their home province of New Brunswick. Specifically, the band has been developing the Shivering Songs winter festival they curate.

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