Royal Wood had a river to cross. On one side was the critically acclaimed full-length A Good Enough Day, which featured songs smooth as pebbles polished by water’s caress. Over and above the rave reviews the album received, Royal’s efforts earned invitations to tour nationally with the likes of songstresses Sarah Slean, Kathleen Edwards, Jill Barber and Serena Ryder.
On the other bank awaited the much-anticipated full-length follow-up, when Royal would build on the experience gained in so many trips across Canada, Europe and the US honing songs old and new for appreciative audiences. New material had been heard in recent shows, including several sold-out sets and a stellar night at the Mod Club in Toronto that was recorded for national radio on CBC Canada Live.
To bridge these albums, on March 24th 2009 Royal released The Lost and Found EP – a “message in a bottle” collection that would assure fans and critics that Royal is not lost at sea, adrift on an ocean of highway on tour.
Royal had only one rule to apply to the equation. “To do something unlike anything I had done. I wanted to base the entire recording on the lyrics and the string arrangements. Those had to be the defining measurements”.
The result was exactly that – a collection of songs taken directly from his heart and perched upon his emotive orchestra.