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BIG BLACK DELTA SHARES NEW SINGLE “CANARY”

June 12, 2020

BIG BLACK DELTA

SHARES THE NEW SINGLE ‘CANARY’

Swerving from the post-apocalyptic grace of ‘Summoner’ to the way ‘Lord Only Knows’ explodes from grinding metal into unadulterated flamboyance, Big Black Delta’s new album ‘4’ is shaping up to be one of the most unpredictable sets of the year.

That genre-defying quality also informs the album’s latest single ‘Canary’, which is out now. In contrast to the recent tracks, ‘Canary’ is a fluorescent burst of synth sounds concocted with psychedelic overtones. It merges the intricate dance fuel of Daft Punk with undercurrents of Nine Inch Nails’ ominous menace.

The inspiration for the track comes from a heady blend of Big Black Delta’s synesthesia, a nostalgic flashback from the past and his now multifaceted artistry. As he explains:

“In elementary school in Miami, all the kids would meet on the playground before school started. Groups of mostly girls, and a few brave boys, would do stomp/clap routines and compete with each other. Even then when I closed my eyes I saw crazy lights, colours and shapes to their routines. Now that I’m older and have the ability, I made a song that does that, times a million. With headphones, if I could show what I see, you’d get sunburned. In Sammy Hagar terms.”

The song’s lyrics offer a maelstrom of moods. There’s undoubtedly elements of panic and despair in its enigmatic words, but the elevated mood of the second verse suggests a brighter outcome.

As ‘4’ is shaping up to be sonically eclectic and emotionally tumultuous, it’s no surprise that it was the product of a troubled chapter in Big Black Delta’s life. The Mellowdrone frontman and M83 collaborator, real name Jonathan Bates, sunk into the vortex and was almost submerged.

His father died, leading into a tailspin of alcoholism that lasted for three years. His engagement ended. He went from being a naturally skinny guy to be bloated and unable to function. But how could he plan to change? Without health insurance, he gave up drinking entirely with the help of his friend Cyrus Makerechian of Los Angeles industrial / electro band Black Line. Going through therapy set him back on the right path, and he also discovered that his father and grandfather had both experienced the same problems with alcohol.

The process gave him new perspectives on happiness, resilience and gratefulness. It also meant that he decided to scrap an entire project that he had recorded during his darkest period. A new surge of creativity was inspired by wanting to help other people find hope and an escape from a never-ending cycle of negativity and pain. The result of which, ‘4’, is about to be shared with the world.

‘Canary’‘Lord Only Knows’ and ‘Summoner’ will all feature on the album ‘4’, which will be released on July 10th. It’s available to pre-order or pre-save here.

‘Canary’ will blow you away, the depth and energy of this track are out of this world. A bodacious orchestration with a colossal soundscape.

Jonathan Bates first came to attention as frontman of Mellowdrone before joining M83’s live band. His friend Alessandro Cortini (Nine Inch Nails) encouraged him to experiment with making music on a laptop, a suggestion that instigated his long running creativity as Big Black Delta. So far, BBD have released three albums, collaborated with artists as diverse as Kimbra and Debbie Gibson, and remixed Puscifer and White Zombie. The project has also seen Bates team up with his friends with M83: first by remixing their track ‘Midnight City’, and then by sharing remix duties on ‘Fall’ from Daft Punk’s soundtrack to ‘Tron: Legacy’‘Huggin & Kissin’ earned further attention when it was used as a key element in the narrative of the Netflix smash ‘The Sinner’.

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