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Evening Hymns Shares New Single ‘I Can Only Be Good’

April 12, 2020
 Caylie Runciman

Evening Hymns

Shares New Single: ‘I Can Only Be Good’

Album out Summer 2020

Canadian artist, Evening Hymns – the ever-evolving project of musician, composer and producer, Jonas Bonnetta – is today sharing his new Gorilla vs Bear-tipped single, ‘I Can Only Be Good’, out via his own label, Shuffling Feet – listen here. Featuring the saxophone work of Joseph Shabason (Destroyer), the new single arrives ahead of a larger collection of music set for release later this summer.

Recorded and self-produced at Port William Sound, Bonnetta’s rural studio in Eastern Ontario, ‘I Can Only Be Good’ is a return to lyrical form for Bonnetta as he tackles the curtain call of romance. A lover pleads against the inevitable, feeling at once exalted and sordid whilst the track sonically summons a nostalgic, red wine-drunk glow; intimate keyboard work, textured violins and warm saxophone soundtrack the motions of heartbreak.

Speaking about the new single, Jonas says: “It was difficult to write this while in a relationship. I was writing from the perspective of someone falling out of love and with the end in sight. Knowing that was going to come and that I’d have to deal with this intense destruction of all of these comforts and shared dreams that I’d known for years. Looking around and something just not feeling right even though it should have. A long list of all the reasons one should or shouldn’t fall in love.”

“It was one of the first songs we tracked and it kind of set the tone for how I wanted the album to sound and feel. Late night, smokey, woozy. Recorded live off the floor with Rhodes piano and drums. Joseph Shabason plays the sax. Low red lights in the studio. The conflict of risking it all for love.”

The new single marks Bonnetta’s first release under the Evening Hymns moniker since his 2015-record, Quiet Energies, an album that would find Jonas opening for the likes of Agnes Obel, Mount Eerie, Lou Doillon and Chris Cohen. In the time between records, Bonnetta has recorded a collaborative album with violin- ist, Edwin Huizinga (The Wooden Sky), released the ambient LP, All This Here under his own name and starred in the Canadian festival-featured film, ‘Drifting Snow’. We’ll have more news from Evening Hymns shortly.


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