Year of Glad is a post-rock/experimental collaboration based in Montreal. An edited version of
their track ‘Blythe’, taken from the album Old Growth, is being released as a free download by
the UK label Vox Humana ahead of the album release, on coloured vinyl and digital download,
on the 13th November.
Year of Glad is the brainchild of A.P. Bergeron; conceived in solitude but brought up with the help
of a veritable village of collaborators. Together, Bergeron and his shifting band of cronies have
carved out a truly otherworldly sound—a shared fever dream at the intersection of folk, jazz,
doom, and psychedelia.
The project has drawn comparisons to Dirty Three, Amen Dunes and Sigur Rós, but Year of Glad’s
vast and soaring anthems are equally indebted to the small town punk ethos in which many of it’s
core members cut their teeth. Bergeron points to local post-rock pioneers Godspeed You! Black
Emperor as having illuminated the potential for music that was both complex and beautiful while
still maintaining a strong punk sensibility. “We were punk rockers growing up and Godspeed
always had that punk spirit without the musical convention.”
Bergeron wrote much of Old Growth in his childhood home of rural Nova Scotia. Seeking deep
seclusion, Bergeron often retreated to the many derelict buildings that litter the province’s natural
landscape. The balance of decay and new life found in these overgrown, abandoned homes and
broken-down mills inspired a collection of songs dealing with the sublime, crushing mortality, and
the universal connection between all living things.