The Rural Alberta Advantage

'The Rise & The Fall'

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The Rise & The Fall  is the fifth studio album from charged folk-rock trio The Rural Alberta Advantage, combining the 2022 EP The Rise with 7 new tracks as The Fall. It features the return of original band member, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Amy Cole alongside Paul Banwatt (drums) and Nils Edenloff (lead vocals, guitar, keyboard). Paper Bag is releasing this album on CD, standard black vinyl, and a special limited edition "Black Smoke" vinyl (only 200 copies pressed!) 

The Juno Award and Polaris Music Prize nominated group continue to bring their thundering drums, hammered keys, furious acoustics and crystalline harmonies to the fans. The RAA's music connects us to untold stores and an unpacked history we all have a part in owning, reflecting on, learning from and possibly seeing from a different vantage point, an overview effect. This is beautifully presented in the album's artwork by photographer Leroy Shultz, who flew drones over Alberta landscapes and took photos from above, looking down on rows of fir trees, barns, crops, and roadways. The album cover art is a photograph that was picked out by the band when they first started writing as a visual focal point for the record: the shapes, shadows, lines, and textures may seem foreign now from some of these new angles we’ve been shown in recent years, but they are all scenes of home.

"All of our music is rooted in a certain amount of heart and honesty. The songs themselves come from a very earnest place and they are really extensions of who we are. Sometimes we hide those emotions with a lot of noise and sonic energy, while other times we leave them raw and bare. I see our albums more as diary entries, or snapshots in time and this one certainly fits that bill,"
says Edenloff. 


The Rise

2. 3 Sisters
3. Lifetime
4. 10ft Tall
5. AB Bride
6. Late September Snow
The Fall
7. Real Life
8. Plague Dogs
9. Our Youth
10. Lullaby
11. Conductors
12. Don't Wake Up
13. FSHG

Catalogue No.: PAPER145
Release Date: October 6, 2023