SLOW TRAVEL BERLIN
The Rural Alberta Advantage, Lido, 8pm
While plenty of bands pick their names based off inside jokes or the sound of random words strung together, Nils Edenloff of The Rural Alberta Advantage chose a name steeped in nostalgia; having grown up in rural Alberta and relocated to Toronto, his mind often turned to thoughts of his childhood home, which he described as a ‘really a wonderful place to grow up’. And, as the name might suggest, many of the lyrics and emotions evoked in The RAA’s songs connect to Alberta, both abstractly and concretely.
This year, the Canadian three-piece came out with album number three, September’s Mended with Gold. The musical structure doesn’t depart much from what people have come to expect out of the indie-folk genre, but combine that with the universal themes of love and loss in the lyrics, and there’s a certain comfort to it – a sense of expectations met, if not exceeded. Natalye Childress
Lido, Cuvrystraße 7, 10997 Berlin; 030 69 56 68 40; U: Schlesisches Tor; admission: €14/€18.