Baltimore music mainstays Arbouretum returned from a hiatus last year with the promise that a follow-up to their 2013 masterpiece Coming Out of the Fog would be arriving in due course. That promise was fulfilled this month with the release of Song of the Rose, an album that maintains the classic Arbouretum sound while showcasing a band that is still growing and evolving. On the eve of its release, the band started off their round of touring for the record with a hometown album release show at the Ottobar.
Baltimore’s Arbouretum released their fifth album, Coming Out of the Fog, in early 2013, and after a year of touring in support of it, announced in 2014 that they were going on “indefinite hiatus” while members pursued other projects. For many bands, that’s a death knell, one from which they never return, but fans didn’t need to worry. Frontman Dave Heumann released his first solo album, Here in the Deep, last year, a record that was very obviously his work while still exploring new directions. Meanwhile, the band returned tentatively, playing a couple of local Baltimore festivals in 2015. This year, however, the band announced a full return, with a show at the Metro Gallery and a new album in the process of being recorded.