Dawn and Marra are stepping out from under their folk roots and kicking the door open on their new record, Teaspoons and Tablespoons.
You can listen to the entire album before it drops on June 1 by heading over to the CBC Hamilton playlist, where it will be streaming in its entirety all week.
Back in January, the young indie/folk duo flew to Vancouver to collaborate with producer/engineer Howard Redekopp, whose previous credits include Tegan and Sara, Mother Mother, Said the Whale and Hamilton's own The Reason.
"Compared to the first record it just has a lot more planning on it. We really decided how we wanted each of the songs to sound," said Dawn Larsh, one half of the duo with fellow Dundas resident Marra Koren.
"We definitely said we wanted to be huge on vocals, and it definitely turned out to be that way. It was so much fun," Koren said.
Listeners need to look little farther than the record's first single, Wicked Little Girl, to see what she means. The song is full of dense harmonies and instrumentation — and some unconventional percussion. The girls ended up banging on furnace doors, chairs and suitcases to get things to sound just right.
"Howard's really great at getting sounds out of things," Larsh said.
Larsh and Koren also made a concerted effort to step out from under their folk roots for this album.
"We definitely didn't want to be categorized 100 per cent as folk," Larsh said.
"Because when you're categorized as that it's such a small pinhole," Koren agreed. "It's hard to gain a broader audience when you're a folk duo from Dundas. You see two girls with ukuleles and [people] are like 'oh, I know what they're going to do.'"
No CD release show is planned just yet, but Dawn and Marra will be playing at the Centre in the Square at 101 Queen St. N. in Kitchener this Thursday. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.
You can preorder the album right now on Dawnandmarra.bandcamp.com and get an advance download of "Wicked Little Girl." Listen to it by clicking on the video below, and stream the whole record on the CBC Hamilton playlist.