The past two years have been blurry. After tucking away in the hills of Maine to record
their debut album with Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim), the three voices
behind Fort Frances found themselves on-stage at festivals around the country, on-
screen at Tosh.0 and on the road for tens of thousands of miles.
“Harbour” brings the band back home. Recorded in downtown Chicago, the new release
echoes with the inspiration the band took from a winter next to Lake Michigan. But
this was not a winter of hibernating; this was a season of exploring the band’s all-
instruments-onboard playground. In the months typically marked by the nothingness
of a Midwestern winter, the band approached writing and recording with a new energy
fueled by the steady pace of the city.
From the opening pulse of “City by the Sea” to the jubilant stomp of “I Had Love”,
“Harbour” is grounded in traffic jams and bus rides, towering skyscrapers and frozen
sidewalks. It’s an ambitious collection of songs - - songs that are bound to make the
next year just as blurry as the last.