Run with the Sound: The Violet Archers Share New Songs

Listen to “Animal Song” Featuring Sarah Harmer and “Nobody Knows” Here


The Violet Archers, solo project of Rheostatics’ Tim Vesely, release two new songs today. “Animal Song,” is about inspiration, that unknowable innermost cavern from which creativity flows. “When inspiration comes, it comes like an animal in the night,” says Vesely. 

With hope and earnesty, the new song runs headlong towards this subterranean, subconscious space. Rooted in the soft soil of a marching drum beat, the song’s pace is a waterfall in steady flow. With birdsong acoustic guitar and mountain airy synth, Vesely’s message is spacious and clear. “Run with the sound and when it’s done it’s gone,” it goes.  

On “Animal Song,” Vesely reunites with Sarah Harmer, who first collaborated on Rheostatics’ The Story of Harmelodia (1999). The song, released today with bonus single “Nobody Knows,” is also available in Dolby Atmos spatial audio on Apple Music. 

Listen to The Violet Archers’ new songs here



The Violet Archers is the solo project of Tim Vesely, a “master pop craftsman” (Exclaim), founding Rheostatics band member and producer/composer based in Toronto. In search of an alternate environment in which to express his songwriting vision, Vesely formed the band in 2005, joined by Ida Nilsen, Yawd Sylvester, Cam Giroux and Scott Remila, to release The End Of Part One (2005) and Sunshine At Night (2008).

Over the next decade, Vesely applied his songcraft expertise to recording and producing other artists in his role as in-house engineer/producer at Blue Rodeo’s Woodshed studio in Toronto. Since the release of Rheostatics’ Whale Music soundtrack, Vesely has also continued to compose music for film and television.

The unexpected Rheostatics reunion for Here Come The Wolves in 2017 brought about Vesely’s return to songwriting. Holed up in the Woodshed while the pandemic slowed momentum on further Rheos recordings, Vesely moved forward on his own. Channeling the creative energy sparked by the Rheos’ first new album in over a decade, new songs for The Violet Archers continue to emerge, including “Animal Song” and “Nobody Knows.”