Announced yesterday via Billboard, Toronto’s Beliefs (Josh Korody andJesse Crowe) revealed the details of their new record, Habitat, due out September 22nd on Outside Music/Hand Drawn Dracula. Habitat is the third full length record following their self-titled debut in 2013 and 2015’s Leaper. Beliefs also shared the Christopher Mills directed video for the first single ‘1994‘.
Please listen to ‘1994’ on Spotify HERE
Please WATCH ‘1994’ HERE
“[It’s] a love affair between human and concrete,” says Beliefs vocalist-guitarist Jesse Crowe, speaking about the Toronto-based indie band’s latest track. “‘1994’ explores the relations we have to the high rises around us, as living, breathing entities.”
Director Christopher Mills says of the video, “BELIEFS write music that transports me to inter-dimensional worlds awash with waterfalls of sounds that stir up ghosts, memories, and really weird dreams. ‘1994’ is the apex of a triptych of dream-state videos that feature magick battles, flying ghosts, and impressionistic German Cabaret inspired dance performances, dipped in Yves Klein blues, and broadcast to a broken TV set.”
“Jesse and Josh brought an intense performance of subtleties that needed very little augmentation,” says director-editor Christopher Mills. “The edit dutifully followed Jesse’s lead as she inhabited the character of a caretaker of this strange ‘other place.’ I had to edit this one at a stand up work station because it was impossible not to dance while channeling the androgynous love child of Charlotte Rampling and Ian Curtis.”
Habitat was finished in an impressive 16 days, with Korody serving as producer and engineer, studio multi-tasker Leon Taheny (Austra, Death From Above 1979, Owen Pallett) sitting in as drummer and mixed by Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh (Preoccupations, Alvvays and METZ).
“It’s a dark record, for sure,” affirms Crowe. “I feel like we were drawing a lot more from, like, me being a Goth teenager and Josh only wanting to listen to Aphex Twin and me only wanting to listen to Portishead’s Third for the last year and stuff like that. But also it was time to embody the elements of being a ‘wall-of-sound’ band with some space and the idea of being able to be quiet when you should be quiet, and you can’t do that with three guitars. There’s no space. It just becomes all push and no pull.”
Beliefs’ Habitat out September 22nd is available on Vinyl (12″ Die Cut Jacket, Translucent Red Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Includes Download Card), CD and Digitally.
Video for First Single “Galaxies,” was shared this morning on BAEBLE, watch HERE
Out March 3, 2017 on Outside Music
Coast to Coast Canadian Tour
Earlier today, Baeblemusic.com unveiled the video for “Galaxies,” the first single from Jenn Grant‘s upcoming album Paradise, out March 3rd on Outside Music. Shot in Toronto at Earl Bales Park by Jenn’s brother, award-winning cinematographer, Daniel Grant and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Adam Goldhammer, the video is about a shared, otherworldly experience that moves those involved from isolation to community. The specifics are best left up to the viewers’ interpretation, with visuals inspired by Jenn’s brilliantly crafted lyrics, especially the chorus: “I’m here, my love. Even when I’m standing out alone. And there’s a galaxy of us that shines and I hear ya calling me home.”
Jenn Grant shares:
“This is the first time my brother and I have joined forces on a project, and from the lights reflecting off the trees in the first shot, the images in the video echo the ones in my head.” Jenn continues, “When I sing ‘Galaxies,’ I see the story that unfolds from here. This video has become a true expression for this story of mystical transformation.”
About the Director, Adam Goldhammer:
Adam Goldhammer is a Toronto-based filmmaker whose work aims to explore the lives of people struggling with their conception of reality. His most recent short film Imposter, about teenager isolated on her family’s maple farm investigating her mother’s eerie behaviour following the unexplained disappearance of her father, premiered at the New York Film Festival in 2016. His short film Easy Girl, a reflection on rape culture and female friendships, played at Cannes 2016 as an Official Selection of the Coup de Cour program. Goldhammer wrote and directed Jesse, a short film about a girl caring for her brother who has autism after their parents pass away staring Degrassi’s Jake Epstein, which was a finalist on the CBC Short Film Faceoff and screened at numerous festivals internationally. Goldhammer has directed numerous music videos for up-and-coming Canadian artists, and is a graduate of the Director’s Lab at Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre. He is currently in development on a feature version of Imposter with Scythia Films (The Witch).
Raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, award-winning cinematographer Daniel Grant developed an interest in image-making at a young age through still photography. Upon graduating from the film studies program at Ryerson University, he was awarded 1st Prize for Student Cinematography in Canada by the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC). Since then he has accumulated a wide variety of credits as a cinematographer on both documentary and fiction projects, including several feature films with some of Canada’s most celebrated directors, including Bruce McDonald’s The Husband, and the recent Patricia Rozema film Into The Forest, starring Ellen Page. His most recent feature is the Netflix Original film ARQ. The CSC has recognized him with six nominations and three awards for his work to date, and most recently he was nominated for a 2016 Canadian Screen Award for best Documentary Cinematography for the film The Messenger. Daniel Grant on IMDB
Paradise feels personal and emotive, but it was born from a vantage point of watching as the world flexes amidst great joy and sorrow. Through her lyrics, Grant tells us of the world she watches from a distance, touching on global themes like love, growth, faith, longing, sex, death and reinvention.
Recorded in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia, Paradise is an album that sees a new dimension in Grant’s songwriting with new depths of sonic beauty and melodic landscapes, touching upon balladry, R&B and electronic music along the way.
LISTEN TO THE FIRST SINGLE, “GALAXIES,” HERE Paradise will be available on 12″vinyl, CD and digitally
Paradise Cover Art
In My Dreams
Lion With Me
I Am A River
Sorry Doesn’t Know
JENN ON TOUR
Wed Mar 15 Montreal, QC Petit Campus
Sat Mar 18 London, ON Aeolian Hall
Wed Mar 22 Waterloo, ON Starlight
Fri Mar 24 Toronto, ON The Great Hall
Sat Mar 25 Ottawa, ON National Arts Centre Theatre
Mon Mar 27 Winnipeg, MB The Park Theatre
Tue Mar 28 Regina, SK Artesian
Thu Mar 30 Saskatoon, SK The Bassment
Fri Mar 31 Edmonton, AB The Rec Room
Mon Apr 03 Nelson, BC Spiritbar
Wed Apr 05 Nanaimo, BC Dinghy Dock Pub
Thu Apr 06 Cumberland, BC The Waverley
Fri Apr 07 Victoria, BC Sugar Nightclub
Sat Apr 08 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret
Thu Apr 27 Charlottetown, PE Florence Simmons Performance Hall
The much-anticipated Songs Of Freedom is now available. It is the companion piece to the 2015 film of the same name that was nominated for 4 Canadian Screen Awards, which documented Brueggergosman’s own journey and connection to her faith, family history, and spirituals; a story of discovery from her Cameroonian ancestry, escape from American slavery and arrival in Canada. Timing is everything and this couldn’t be a better time to share a collection of songs about emancipation, family, faith and discovery. As Canada approaches its 150th year of confederation, a longing to search for our roots and examine our historical paths seems quite natural.
Listen to ‘Amazing Grace’ below
“My exploration of traditional spirituals is a way for me to challenge my classically trained mind. It has helped me to become a better musician. It’s dear to my heart. My ancestors were stolen from Africa and sold into slavery in the United States before finding freedom in Nova Scotia. The spirituals were born out of a time when my people were oppressed and needed to find a way not only to communicate with each other, but also to express themselves. The reason the songs survived so long is because of their immediacy. They have the universality of a mournful yet hopeful existence. They have strength.”
In recognition of Black History Month, dates will take place in February and begin in Measha’s hometown of Fredericton. Click here for all tour dates and ticket information