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copper 03:36
page 04:27
somnambulist 03:16
secret 04:52
perch 04:56
ôtênaw 04:21
starlight 03:53
tommaso 03:35
open window 03:30
disappear 04:13


nêhiyawak hails from amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory. On the band’s debut album, nipiy – out October 24 on Arts & Crafts – the trio of Indigenous artists – Kris Harper (vocals, guitars), Marek Tyler (drums), and Matthew Cardinal (synths, bass) – transcends a new intersection of traditional storytelling and contemporary sound. A collection of songs strongly inspired by the Idle No More movement, says Harper, “nipiy is for those who don’t seem to fit in for myriads of reasons. To inspire others to use their voice and to send messages to future generations.”

nêhiyawak – whose name refers directly to their nêhiyaw ancestry – is a spirited expression of Indigeneity. nipiy, which translates to water, is the title of nêhiyawak's first full length album. The flow and pace of the album, symbolic of the flow and pace of water, begins and ends with pieces dedicated to kisiskâciwanisîpiy (North Saskatchewan River), a river that flows through the center of amiskwaciy. In the band's words, “There are many important ideas and teachings that we were raised with in our lives, but few more important that water. It’s a modern conversation with complex meanings and understandings. Our record is dedicated to the life-giving force of water.”

Produced by Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Black Mountain, Destroyer), nêhiyawak’s sound combines terse post-rock soundscapes and surreal pop, with sheer electronic ambience, chiming guitars, and propulsive rhythm. At times grand and emotional, at times cool and reticent, their music is a tapestry of sonic and cultural exploration. Anchored by the hollowed pounding of carved cedar log drums and Harper’s resilient poetry, nipiy combines the teachings of nêhiyawak’s Elders with the band’s own interests in music, instrumentation and lyrics. nêhiyawak’s debut album tells their story of collective experience – a band empowered by history and progress, adding to the body of work.


released October 24, 2019

nêhiyawak is:
kris harper: vocals and guitar
matthew cardinal: synthesizers, guitar and bass
marek tyler: drums and percussions

lyrics by kris harper
arrangements by kris harper and nêhiyawak

produced and mixed by colin stewart
recorded at the hive, victoria, british columbia
mastered by denis blackham at skye mastering, isle of skye, uk


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nêhiyawak Edmonton, Alberta


nêhiyawak hailed from amiskwaciy (Edmonton) on Treaty 6 territory (2016-2020).

inventor of moccasingaze.

All songs written and arranged by KK Rose El aka Kris Harper prior to 2016.

nêhiyawak arrangements include
kisiskâciwanisîpiy pêyak, copper, disappear, and kisiskâciwanisîpiy nîso
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