Earlier this year, Canadian indie-folk songwriter Cat Clyde returned with her first new collection of songs since 2019’s Hunter’s Trace with Down Rounder, an album exhibiting Clyde’s growth as an individualistic voice within her scene. As her first release post-pandemic, there’s a clear sense of returning to nature in these songs: “I wanted these songs to sound raw and rough,” she shared leading up to the record’s release, “but also placed-together in a way that created a simple beauty, like the changing seasons or a setting sun.”
For her “Neighborhoods” set, then, she opted to perform the album cuts “Papa Took My Totems” and “Not Going Back” in a space which, like her music, blends the natural world with artistic sensibilities. Posting up at Surface Farms outside of Hamilton, Ontario, an artist commune with gardens, beekeeping, and general good vibes, both songs feel in their natural element—to say nothing of the fact that Willie Nelson’s old tour bus is parked directly behind her. Check out the video below.