Zachary Lucky – Saskatchewan Demos

Today, Zachary Lucky quietly revealed the four-track-recorded demos for last year’s “Saskatchewan.” The songs are familiar, paying a lyrical debt to his home province, Saskatchewan: the previously unreleased “Leaving pt. 2” pays similar homage.

The recordings are warm and soft, imbued with the comfort of practice; these songs serve long tours of duty as Lucky traces a lattice across Canada, always on the road. I have seen Zachary play many times, and the aesthetic of the demos perhaps best captures the way you are drawn into his longing, the way his songs hover in the air as the loud bar goes silent. Zachary is a folk historian in the vein of Stan Rogers; he makes every effort to understand and convey the lives of those who occupy the places he loves.

“Back in the Fall” is a standout track — one I feel is best captured in simplicity, stripped of even the album version’s subtle arrangement. Occasionally, I expect and lament the loss of Carly Maicher‘s harmonies. But hey, that just means I get to sing along a little louder.

Zachary Lucky – Saskatchewan

Zachary Lucky is the archetypal Canadian folk singer of my generation. He is almost always on the road. He consistently writes simple, gentle, heart warming canticles that any folk lover can sink their teeth into. He is truly the bread and butter of the massive praire folk scene. There isn’t a folk singer I know who doesn’t know Mr. Lucky. He is a joy to watch perform and his entire person radiates noble fraternity. For all these reasons and more, Zachary Lucky deserves to write Saskatchewan’s eponymous folk record. Trying to pick individual songs to highlight on this new record is a difficult task. We have here a record that truly works best as a whole. If you’re looking for a quick peak though, I do suggest the title track, ‘Saskatchewan’, where the band seems to really flex their muscle in their own subtle and subdued way. Lucky returns to Edmonton on May 3rd at Wunderbar. I have no doubt that it will be another intimate sojourn into his ever deepening coffers of folk.