In the late aughts, traditional music was the furthest thing from the minds of Matt Ellis, Travis Ellis, Jon Pearo, and Archie Rankin. Having left their Cape Breton homes for the allure of the big city, the musicians formed Mardeen - a group steeped in Halifax's history of melodic pop-rock.
After amassing praise as Mardeen, the band wanted to evoke the sound of home. They found a new appreciation for Celtic and British folk, which transformed the band into the current iteration under the name Villages.
Their new track reimagines Lou Reed's "Cremation (Ashes to Ashes)" as a traditional folk song, pairing themes of mortality and loss with uplifting melodies and sounds.