NEWS: Broken Deer releases Polaraura with new video by Heather Rappard

Press release provided by Pigeon Row

Recorded on analogue tape recorders in a cabin outside Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Polaraura is a sonic journey of spiritual longing in a beautiful but undiscerning landscape. Featuring sounds of frozen rivers, wolves, snow, wind, forest spirits, owls, and even northern lights, Polaraura takes the listener on a journey to another world—a forgotten wilderness within themselves. 

About Polaraura
For the winter of 2010, Lindsay Dawn Dobbin (Broken Deer) was living with her dog in a tiny, off-grid cabin outside Whitehorse. She spent her days hauling water from the nearby frozen river, and the long nights recording on a battery-operated tape recorder and keeping the wood stove stocked.

As the winter progressed, Dobbin’s waking world and dream world began to merge. Animals started coming to her—a lynx, then owl, then a black wolf. The forest and the billowing steam from the pot on the stove seemed to be alive with spirits.

Dobbin documented the feelings surrounding this reality (or non-reality) musically. Along with songs of longing, sounds of the river, wolves, snow, wind, forest spirits, owls, and northern lights all appear on Polaraura. Moving from winter darkness, longing and hunger, to the insight and relief of spring, the one-track journey explores the wisdom of a northern landscape and how it might mirror a place within.

Lindsay Dobbin
Lindsay Dobbin is an artist and mystic whose practice includes music, sound art, dreaming, shamanic drumming, writing and film. Her work often explores personal mythology, (re)connection to nature, healing, wonder, play, ritual and (interspecies) communication. Currently calling the Yukon and Nova Scotia home, she recently received a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study shamanic drumming.

Heather Rappard Heather Rappard is a Halifax based intermedia artist and filmmaker. Her work uses the evocative quality of sound to create experimental video work. Based out of Halifax, her work has been shown at the Atlantic Film Fest, Nocturne, the Obey Convention, Halifax Pop Explosion, and the Halifax Independent Film Festival. She has also been featured on EXCLAIM, Stereogum, Impose Magazine, Noisey, and Weird Canada.

For more information on Broken Deer and Polaraura, visit: 

Broken Deer - My Heart's in the Highlands from heather rappard on Vimeo.


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