What a banner week for Edmonton music news. First, Mark Davis sneaks a new song onto the internet and now, longtime hill favorites The Provincial Archive drop a single for the masses.
“Common Cards” start with an ominous mix of instrumentation; dark and brooding the song is only somewhat softened by keys and Craig Schram’s vocals. It’s a song of hope – the joy of seeing a town unified by a support of the local boy done good – and ultimately failure, through the eyes of a sports card collector.
In a bigger sense, it’s a honest look at small town life; the constant threat of being overrun by bigger, wealthier locations, the need to escape and the sad admission that most high school heroes are going to end up staying in the same town.
This reality is certainly not a unique to rural outcroppings, but the impact of being average is harder to digest when you’ve spent years idolizing a community created deity.
In all the years we’ve been doing this, The Provincal Archive’s stellar Nameless Places is still one of my favorite unexpected discoveries. Schram and crew could have recereated those sounds every two years and I’d have been content, but thankfully they’ve consistently morphed and expanded their sound and explored new terrain. I’m excited.
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