As music fans, we all go through phases where a certain band/album/song completely takes over our life. Ridiculous as that may be, it happens. Maybe not very often but I’m sure we can all remember a time where we’ve been unable to listen to anything else for days or weeks on end. For me, the last time that happened was late 2009 when I discovered a little-known record by the Canadian three-piece The Rural Alberta Advantage. Channeling the spirit of Neutral Milk Hotel and Arcade Fire, but with completely their own stamp on proceedings, their music just hit me. Thats the only way I can think to describe it.

Although initially self-released, the album eventually caught the ears of the legendary Saddle Creek record company, who signed the band after seeing them at SXSW. A year or so on from that and the band returned recently with their second full-length record, Departing. They also announced a string of UK dates to coincide with the albums release on these shores and it was before their show in Bristol that GoldFlakePaint sat down with front-man Nils in a (tiny) room backstage to film him playing Barnes’ Yard from the new record, and a beautiful version of Hometowns stand-out track, Don’t Haunt This Place…

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Barnes’ Yard (GoldFlakePaint Acoustic Session)

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Don’t Haunt This Place (GoldFlakePaint Acoustic Session)

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