13 Mar Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld – Never Were the Way She Was


I first learned of Colin Stetson (@colin_stetson) when he came out with New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light in 2013. Later that year, it was shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize in Canada (it lost to Godspeed You! that year). Colin Stetson has played with Arcade Fire, and so has Sarah Neufeld. This is their first album together.

01. The Sun Roars Into View

A build-up without the build-up. Optimism comes and goes.

02. Won’t be a thing to become

The most melodic song of the album. I can absolutely see a story being told to this sound in the background.

03. In the Vespers

Comforts you into a lull with its repetition and background chords. From glimmer to hope. Then at the halfway point, it breaks everything and makes you wonder how you feel about anything at all. Then it settles.

04. And Still They Move

The type of song that makes #keepitupstairs relevant.

05. Will the Dark Hug of Time

The concluding, whispering ghosts save this drone-like song.

06. The Rest of Us

The pinnacle of the record. #keepitupstairs


There used to be light, somewhere, not far. Now it just roars in the distance.

08. Flight

The most distant song of the record. I listen to it over and over again.