Shares New Single/Video “Twin Flames”
New Album: Twin Flames – March 5, 2021
Out via Paper Bag Records
POSTDATA is the solo music project helmed by Paul Murphy – beloved as much for his two prior solo album releases: Postdata (2010) and Let’s Be Wilderness (2018) as for his work within his Juno award-winning and multi-nominated band, Wintersleep. POSTDATA returns with Twin Flames, a breathtaking and introspective new album, brimming with deep wonderings and intricately excavated soundscapes, for release on March 5, 2021 via Paper Bag Records. In-line with announcing the new record, he’s today sharing the album-titled single – watch the video, directed by Canadian director/animator, Christopher Mills, here.
A truly standout and beautiful composition from one of the most compelling artists of our time. The wordsmith has this ability to captivate, the vocal range and baritone depth and the harrowing delivery just devours you.
Twin Flames – which comes co-produced by Bristol-based Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Portishead) and finds longtime friend Andy Monaghan of Frightened Rabbit and Wintersleep’s Tim D’Eon contributing – borrows its namesake from the centerpiece song on the album. “Twin Flames,” revealed today as an eye into the album’s center, is about a storm, but perhaps more importantly, it’s also about a fire burning through it. Paul says that being in a storm can be a freeing and powerful experience. “You’re navigating this place…you can’t really see super far in front of you,” he says. “I kinda like that place.”
“This was initially an instrumental track,” notes Paul of the subtle and powerful lead single. “I think that’s all I was going for at first. Ali suggested slowing it down and maybe trying to do some spoken word over top. I worked on it that night and made some headway. I took a couple days to really work out the melody and structure of the lyric/song within it. It’s a love song but also felt really poignant personally during full pandemic lockdown this idea of weathering storms. Enduring them. Inhabiting them. Becoming them.”
As a full album, Twin Flames brims with intricate sounds, soft things ruffling on the edges, emerging in the choruses, rising in the quiet and the subdued spaces. Murphy has with this third LP, crafted the most intimate and timeless POSTDATA record yet; a bright, compassionate text of major-key romanticism. Murphy says the record is inward-looking and “focused on creating or surrounding itself in hope and warmth.” This tone is realized thanks in part to both process and content. Twin Flames was recorded and co-produced in isolation by Murphy in Halifax/K’jipuktuk and with Chant in Bristol, UK.
Twin Flames by Postdata is set for release via Paper Bag Records on March 5, 2021. Pre-order here.
March 5, 2021
Paper Bag Records
2. Inside Out
3. Nobody Knows
5. Twin Flames
7. Behind You
8. My Mind Won’t