Gord Downie: Tragically Hip Front Man’s Posthumous Double-LP Out Now; Watch ‘River Don’t Care’ Video


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Last Friday, Oct. 16 saw the release of Away Is Mine, a posthumous double album released to commemorate the third anniversary of the passing of Gord Downie, front man for acclaimed Canadian band The Tragically Hip.

Click here to pick up the album from our Rock Cellar Store.

Away Is Mine brings together the final recordings made by Downie until his death, which came after a prolonged battle with brain cancer. Downie recorded the album in July 2017 with guitarist and co-writer Josh Finlayson, just three months before his passing, giving the album decidedly poignant and resonant feel.

One of the album’s key songs is “River Don’t Care,” which a news release succinctly describes as pitting “the iconic writer against the impermanence of his words, through which he confronts that the river of time ‘don’t care’ what any of us ‘write for it’ or ‘cast into it.'”

The song has a new music video which was premiered on Wednesday:

This won’t be his last release, but these are the final ten songs Gord sang before he passed away. The last time he ever sang into a mic,” said Gord Downie’s brother, Patrick Downie, in a statement.

Said Josh and Patrick of Away is Mine:

“We feel so blessed for this opportunity. Simply described as gratitude. Grateful for another gift from Gord. A gift that has been our beautiful companion and an unintended source of solace in the face of life without him,” Josh and Patrick share. “May it lift you up and carry you onwards and upwards always and forever.

Away Is Mine. Away Is Yers.”

Listen to the album below, via Spotify. And may Gord Downie rest in peace.


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