Unafraid of both straight-up hooks and experimental song structure, RALEIGH is a band carving their own space in new music. Thoughtful refrains are woven by vocals, cello, and guitar, with drums and bass treading the groove together. It is indie rock, damaged by art, delicate and exposed but intimately pointed, connectivity through song.
"Powerhouse Bloom" is a multivalent lyrical and sonic exploration showcasing a band that has found their voice, deconstructed it and is continuously evolving. Following up on an album that was described as "inventive and evocative indie rock," this collection of nine new songs has propelled the band into new musical territory. "Powerhouse Bloom" features performance from Broken Social Scene members Brendan Canning and Charles Spearin, as well as production from Grammy Award Winner, Shawn Everett, and Juno Award Winning engineers Nyles Spencer, and Graham Lessard. The album is a journey through equal parts art-damaged rock, hazy psychedelia, and fluid soundscapes glued together by an ambitious pop-tinged appetite. Simultaneously edgy and atmospheric,"Powerhouse Bloom" maintains a magnetism throughout. Here, RALEIGH has managed to harness the experimental into a gripping collection of cohesive musicality.
"It’s experimental without being inaccessible, challenging while still being warm and welcoming for those who seek a little adventure with their melodiousness. In other words, a trip worth taking.” - TheYYScene
"There's no denying the poise and discipline with which Raleigh struts its mysterious stuff" - Toronto Star
"Raleigh has a wonderfully raw sound that sets their music apart from many other indie artists. The lyrics resonate over skillfully crafted musical accompaniment, allowing the power of the words to shine through." - LA Music Critic
"Breezy pop that moved with spectacular fluidity... their performance took on a loose, improvisatory feel, guided by cello, bass, and drums... intricate and danceable songs. Raleigh are one of the city's best young groups." - Exclaim
"Imaginative lyrics and unabashed pop hooks" - Music Savage
"Abundance of dude/ lady duets, off kilter pop, and reckless abandon for traditions... they never detract from the core ideals of strong songwriting and tenable music. It's the best of both worlds." - Music OMH UK
"Both richly textured and propulsive, a soundscape with rounded corners and jagged edges. Just when you think they've veered into dreamy-pop territory, the band shifts gears and delivers big, drum heavy hooks that make it hard to sit still." - Avenue Magazine