With their new record, Ten Seated Figures, Yes We Mystic has succeeded in exceeding their previous excess, creating something bigger than anything they’ve done before. Voices and instruments blend together, creating a swath of sound so dense and so complex that its origin can’t be placed.
In opposition to 2016’s Forgiver, on which the band tried to fit in as many inorganic sounds as possible but make them feel as though they lived in an organically created musical world, Ten Seated Figures instead embraces the unfamiliar. The sonic landscape is brimming with sounds that are unidentifiable, but still created with the same instruments Yes We Mystic has always used.
This ties into the theme of the record as a whole. the ten tracks discuss the ways in which our misrememberings, misunderstandings and the little lies we all tell ourselves shape who we are and how we interact with the world.
“It’s about memory, it’s about false memory and different ways in which we can remember the same event, see the same event, distort the same event in our mind and how it can change who we are. That’s what the album is about lyrically, and how it was made sonically as well. we tried to cloud the origins of what you’re hearing in the instruments,” says vocalist and guitarist Adam Fuhr.
The creation of Ten Seated Figures was different for the band in more ways than one. Yes We Mystic signed to DevilDuck records in 2018, which has given them more resources to execute big plans they’ve had in the works for years. In addition, Ten Seated Figures also marks Fuhr’s debut as a producer.
In the studio, Fuhr had to learn how to produce and engineer as the band was writing the record. many moments on the album were captured as they were conceived. And though Fuhr took the helm as producer, the band flew to Montreal to have the record mixed by beloved producer/engineer Marcus Paquin, who has worked with indie-music royalty such as Arcade Fire, The National, and Hey Rosetta!.
Ten Seated Figures is the culmination of a years-long creative burst. one that embraces the band’s designation as “art-pop transformers” but also turns things on their head. one that holds surprises for listeners and will make them question much of what they see and hear. one that has produced Yes We Mystic’s best work to date.
Yes We Mystic is Adam Fuhr (guitar, vocals), Keegan Steele (synthesizer, mandolin, vocals), Jodi Plenert (keyboards, cello, bass guitar, vocals), and Jensen Fridfinnson (violin, synthesizer, guitar).
Praise for Forgiver:
"an utterly enthralling listen" - Laura Stanley, Exclaim!
"a creative tour de force" - Judith Lynch, CBC Music
"art pop transformers" - Julijana Capone, BeatRoute Magazine
Praise for Yes We Mystic:
"Winnipeg five-piece Yes We Mystic are full of fearless creative energy, remaining unafraid to experiment and break genre boundaries." - Exclaim!
"[Vestige is] simply gorgeous" - Julijia Capone, Beatroute
"Yes We Mystic represent the new-wave of musical talent emerging from Winnipeg." - Brian Cauley, CBC Music
“the purest orchestral pop” The Main
“lush, intricately layered melodies” - Vue Weekly
"[an] intoxicating mix of heartrending and exhilarating sounds" - The Ottawa Citizen
"[Floods and Fires'] sound is at once sombre and yet variably forceful – the introspective vocals of Adam Fuhr oscillate between brooding and spirited, while the eclectic instrumentation of [the band] provide diverse crescendos and energy" - Harrison Samphir, The Uniter
"The chemistry between the five of them on stage is absolutely indisputable, particularly that of front-man Adam Fuhr and Keegan Steele. The two of them command the show. leading the band from quiet acoustic melodies to soaring swells of sound." - The Visual Diary