One Nation

Album Released On: Oct 11, 2011
Released By: Balanced Records

release description

Rise Ashen and Flying Down Thunder deliver a new and unique sound, sharing Algonquin language and chanting through a hybrid of Aboriginal and Urban music. Honouring Aboriginal culture through collaborative composition, and not just sampling, One Nation is a true fusion of the traditional Pow-wow sounds of Flying Down Thunder's Algonquin heritage and the dance-music wanderlust that Rise Ashen brings to the night club. Spanning afro, deep house, nu jazz and breaks, the songs roll into a coherent and avant-garde Pow-wow. The style is brand new, it's the future sound of Canada.

Typically known as the capital of Canada, Ottawa is Algonquin land. It was appropriated by English and French settlers in a dispute that still remains unresolved. Despite this history, mainstream media presents very little information about the founding people of Canada. This album reminds us of the history of our home, and of the original Anishinabe care-takers of this land. One Nation features contributions from William Commanda, a Hereditary Chief from the Algonquin Nation, as well as from medicine man Alo White. The heartbeat of aboriginal culture continues beating in Pow-wows and on dance floors around the world, and this album is a testament to the life force that drives it.

Rise Ashen and Flying Down Thunder met on Ottawa's frozen Rideau Canal and have been pollinating One Nation ever since. It was important for the pair to create music which was truly an amalgam, true to both the underground club sound and the traditional vocal style of the Anishinabe. Through their compositions, they are propelling traditional sounds into a fresh and new realm, while respecting the roots of Anishinabe music.