Canada’s Your Favorite Enemies are due to re-issue their 2014 album Between Illness & Migration on June 17th. Subtitled Deluxe – Tokyo Sessions, this version includes three additional tracks and has also been remixed.
It’s their most personal, honest and emotionally visceral work yet. Mixed by the estimable John Agnello (Sonic youth, Dinosaur Jr., The Kills), and recorded and produced in the band’s own studio (a former catholic church) the deluxe version came together quite naturally. It followed an intimate show they did in Tokyo a few months earlier, where they performed Between Illness and Migration in its entirety for the very first time, integrating new musical landscapes within the songs, as well as the use of a multitude of different instruments, from analog keyboard to orchestrated elements, supported by a 2-hour cinematic projection.
Back at their “Upper Room” studio, the band revisited Between Illness and Migration from top to bottom, based on the emotional moment they experienced in Tokyo, which was closer to the widened scale of human sensations associated with a theatrical play than the usual monochromatic shades of a rock concert. The result is a brightened balance of post-punk, shoegaze, nu-prog and psych rock supporting an honest blend of lyrical poetry and spoken word.