Leanne Betasamosake Simpson is a renowned Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg artist, musician, poet and writer, who has been widely recognized as one of the most compelling Indigenous voices of her generation.
Leanne's RPM debut LP, f(l)light, is a haunting collection of story-songs that effortlessly interweave Simpson’s complex poetics and multi-layered stories of the land, spirit, and body with lush acoustic and electronic arrangements, and claims a unique space in contemporary Indigenous music and performance.
The album is a haunting, powerful hybrid of words, songs, and perspectives. From the gentle invocation of other forms of life offered in songs like “Road Salt” and “The Oldest Tree in the World”, to the dissonant sonics of “Caribou Ghosts and Untold Stories” and the pulsing, hypnotic rhythms of “Under Your Always Light”, Simpson’s words reverberate within and between the sounds that surround them.
f(l)ight is the sound of ancestral memory and present possibility unfolding toward a horizon of freedom.
R P M // 0 0 3
released September 30, 2016
All lyrics written by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
Nick Ferrio, guitars, dobro, steel guitar, vocals
Leanne Simpson, vocals, percussion
Cris Derksen, cello, vocals
Ansley Simpson, guitar, vocals
Tara Williamson, piano, vocals
Jonas Bonnetta, synths, piano, percussion, vocals
James Bunton, drums, piano, bass, percussion, synths
Rebecca MacLeod viola, violin
Josh Daignault, bass
field recordings of The Gut, the sugar bush and winnowing wild rice
Produced by Jonas Bonnetta with James Bunton
Recorded and mixed by James Bunton at Swimfan69 & The Glen Gordon, additional recordings by Jonas Bonnetta at Port William Sound
Mastered by Jeff Elliot (Fedge)
Cover Art by sab meynert
Lyrics will be published in This Accident of Being Lost, House of Anansi Press, April 2017
Written & recorded in Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg territory.
the biggest ting i've heard in years! i can't imagine how he felt finding the original recordings but he has made a magnificent work of them. beautiful, moving and whilst modern full of reverence for his ancestors. blew me away. a masterpiece. jonathan