Canadian Folk duo Mama’s Broke have spent the past eight years in a near-constant state of transience on the transatlantic tour trail and have carried their music from their maritime home in Eastern Canada all the way to Ireland and Indonesia.
Their sophomore record Narrow Line will arrive May 13, 2022 from Free Dirt Records and brings together tinges of Americana with Eastern European fiddle tunes and ancient a cappella ballad singing. They overall effect is a “dark-folk” sound and thematically the album encourages us to “take comfort in the infinite possibilities of life”. Their first single “Just Pick One” reflects those ideas.
The irony of the COVID pandemic is that it forced many hard-traveling musicians to stop for a moment, and to “settle into their creativity” as it did for Mama’s Broke. In their case, this meant meeting up in remote cabins and snowy Montréal apartments, woodshedding tunes and writing new music together. The ideas that arose for Narrow Line took on fear of the unknown.
Amy Lou Keeler explains:
The fear of the unknown is the biggest thing. It can be overwhelming to have so many potential paths at a given time. Taking comfort in the infinite possibilities of life is a necessary faith for the rootless person or traveller, whether they choose to settle down or not.