Album Artwork by Michelle Anbar-Goldstein

Modern stalwart of Canadian rock ‘n roll, Espanola (Aaron Goldstein), has announced his sophomore LP, Espanola, Again, slated for release on October 6th, 2023 via Sonic Unyon Records. The album is produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Alvvays, Waxahatchee), Goldstein’s sonic soulmate, and described as being “too rock ‘n roll for Americana, too earnest for indie.”

Following a long and arduous multi-year process for Espanola‘s eponymous 2019 debut, Espanola, Againwas recorded in 10 days at Goldstein’s own Gold Standard Recorders in Toronto, ON, live on the studio floor without the use of pitch-correction technology. Keen eared listeners will hear Margo Price sideman Micah Hulscher on piano, Hammond and Farfisa organs, Wurlitzer piano, synthesizers, Goldstein’s soul sister and bassist Anna Ruddick (Randy Bachman, Ian Blurton’s Future Now), and Blue Rodeo drummer Glenn Milchem holding it down behind Goldstein, as well as features from Ian Blurton, Steve Marriner and The Northern Soul Horns, among others.

The record’s first single, Look To The Sky,” was one of the last tracks written for the record. Goldstein felt like he was missing just one puzzle piece, something simple and catchy and possibly the most rock ‘n roll song on the LP. It was a chance to turn off his brain a bit and write something fun. Stream “Look To The Sky” via your preferred platform + watch the accompanying music video on YOUTUBE.

Press Photo by Liv Sacco

Goldstein has been the go-to sideman for some of the country’s most recognized songwriters for the last 15 years. He’s played pedal steel and electric guitar for the likes of Arkells, City & Colour, Kathleen Edwards, Lee Harvey Osmond, Daniel Romano and Cowboy Junkies, to name just a few. Alongside his role as side and frontman, Goldstein has produced and/or engineered projects by Julianna Riolino, Kiwi Jr, Le Ren, Altameda, Jadea Kelly, Milhail Laxton, B.Knox, Lenny Bull, Huttch, Megan Nash, Zachary Lucky, Union Duke, Nicolette & The Nobodies, and Opeongo.

Espanola, Again and, indeed, the whole project is a manifestation of Goldstein‘s own mantra about music: simple, direct, heartfelt and as fun to make as it is to listen to. Real honest rock ‘n roll from a guy who lives and breathes it every day.

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