By: James Titford
Quote The Raven take a plunge into the depths of Newfoundland folklore with their newest single, “Deadman’s Pond”.
Since their inception in 2011, this folk-pop duo of Jordan Coaker and Kristen-Rodden-Clarke have been crafting smooth and melodic folk which is brought to life by their natural talent, and blend of styles and personalities.
With their 2016’s debut EP, “Misty Mountains” leaving a massive impression with nominations in the “Rising Star” and “Folk/ Roots Recording of the Year” categories from MusicNL, their follow up “Golden Hour” is on its way for the same recognition, with nominations for MusicNL awards 2019 in the “Group of the Year”, and the prestigious, “Ron Hynes SOCAN Songwriter of the Year”.
The second single from “Golden Hour” (following the previous single “Laser Beam”), “Deadman’s Pond” shows a darker side of Quote the Raven, with a blues-rock influenced track about the titular body of water.
Located in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Deadman’s Pond is said to be bottomless, and legend has it, is the final resting place of many a criminal who were rolled off the top of Signal Hill in a barrel full of rocks, which was said to “accelerate their descent into hell”.
The duo takes advantage of the morbid tale to bring a heavier sound to their usually softer approach, with distorted guitars and stomping percussion, and captures the listener with the mystery and intrigue associated with pond from the opening line, “Where I’m from we don’t like to talk about, what lies in the depths below.” The song shows the pond’s haunting presence in local legend, and serves as both a warning and an invitation for those curious as to what lies in those waters.
The duo has been seeing significant traction with “Deadman’s Pond”, with over 4000 streams on Spotify since the single’s release on November 15. With their new single, Quote The Raven show an exciting new side of their expanding musical endeavours, and have embraced the depths of Deadman’s Pond.