Rolla Oak Brings Americana to Life with HEAVY FATHER

By: Jan. 25, 2016
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Heavy Feather is Rolla Olak's highly anticipated third album, released January 19, 2016 on Older Records. Heavy Feather was recorded on Vancouver Island, Canada and produced by Aaron Older (Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros) and engineered, mixed and mastered by Colin Stewart (Black Mountain).

In Addition to Olak's hauntingly appeasing voice, original songwriting and refined guitar playing, the accompanying musicians on this record are impossibly well suited to this project: Kathryn Calder (The New Pornographers) sings and plays piano with great talent, Nick Petrowitch (Bend Sinister) is on percussion and plays with distinctive precision, Louise Burns (Lillix) harmonizes with Olak brilliantly. Aaron Older is on synths and drum machines and Francesco Lyon (Sun Wizard) adds world-music-styled vocal arrangements. Olak's sound is original, warm and evocative; it's an invitation to experience a mosaic of gratifying emotions. Heavy Feather is a narrative of friendship, romance, heartache and the search for teaching and learning virtues.

Olak described "I'm usually the guy writing songs in a cabin in the woods, inspired by the beauty of nature and miles away from any distractions or fancy coffee shops. Out in the wilderness it's easy to find the muse. These days I'm writing in a basement off East Hastings Street in Vancouver. It's a completely different atmosphere down here" ( Shared with Nanobot) Rolla Olak's dichotomy of a solitary man in the woods meets city slicking in East Van makes him an exceptionally well-rounded musician.

His songs combine the best of Shoegaze, Blues, Americana and Country resulting in a profoundly enjoyable musical experience. Olak is inspired by the likes of Neil Young, Randy Newman and Bob Dylan, which is evident in his authentic songwriting yet the sound is completely original. His songs tell a story, but are not obvious or formulaic. Although Heavy Feather is an emotional album it never feels sorry for itself, which is refreshing in these modern days of ours. The album is ten songs strong, flawlessly assembled, mixed with precision and worth generous listens with a new resonation every time.
Heavy Feather is out now via Older Records.


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