12 Songs, 47 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
5 Ratings
5 Ratings

Maturity and Innovation

No one and I mean NO ONE out there is doing what Royal Canoe is doing. This kind of innovation hasn't been seen since early Genesis/Peter Gabriel. Complex rhythms with infectious hooks. Listen to it 2 or 3 times and you're going to be a devotee. And they are amazing live too. This album is perhaps more cohesive and mature start to finish than there last record and it probably makes this album more accessible than it's predecessor to someone that hasn't had any past experience with them. Every song is sincerely great. Highlights include: Living a Lie, Walk Out on the Water and How Long is Your Life.


Not Just Hitting Play

I heard a Studio Q interview where Matt Peters described the recording process of SGLBHATO stating, in part, "We tried to get away from the idea of just hitting, 'Play'." That is certainly true of this album.

It didn't immediately grab me like Today We're Believers did--it's the kind of album that required a few listens before it began to grow on me. It's evident they intimately care about each and every note and detail that goes into their craft.

While the entire album holds up well as whole, my personal favorites are Walk Out on the Water, How Long is Your Life and best of all, Out of the Beehive--the chorus is pure gold.

Noah Hensley

Sippin Tea In Your Hood

Now that's a spicy meatball!

About Royal Canoe

Canadian sextet Royal Canoe deliver a bright, percussive style of indie pop, high on multi-instrumentalism and tuneful, layered songwriting. Formed in 2010 from the ashes of several prominent Winnipeg bands, Royal Canoe came together around the songs of frontman Matt Peters, counting acts like OutKast, Beck, and the Knife among their early influences. Along with guitarist Bucky Driedger, keyboardist Matt Schellenberg, bassist Brendan Berg, and dueling drummers Derek Allard and Michael Jordan, Peters and his crew recorded their debut, Co-Op Mode, which was released by Canadian indie Head in the Sand Records. A national tour introduced audiences to Royal Canoe's dynamic stage presence and complex, hooky sound, and in 2012 they followed up with the Extended Play EP.

Their second LP, 2013's Today We're Believers, put them on the map, reaching number 19 on the Canadian National Alternative chart and netting them a Juno nomination. Major festival appearances and national and international tours with Alt-J, Bombay Bicycle Club, and Of Montreal followed as their momentum continued to build. In an unusual twist, their next project would be a tribute of sorts to one of their heroes, as they recorded an interpretation of Beck's 2012 sheet music-only collection, Song Reader, in 2014. For their third album, Royal Canoe enlisted co-producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Gnarls Barkley), who helped them continue to expand their genre-mashing musical palette on 2016's Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit. ~ Timothy Monger

Winnipeg, MB