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André Ethier Shares New Single “Nature Compels Me” – Taken From Forthcoming Album “Further Up Island” out May 28th via Telephone Explosion Records

April 18, 2021
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André Ethier Shares New Single “Nature Compels Me”

New Album Further Up Island, out May 28, 2021, via Telephone Explosion Records

Toronto-based musician and painter, André Ethier is today sharing his new single, “Nature Compels Me” which comes as the second installment from his new album Further Up Island, out May 28, 2021, via Telephone Explosion Records. The new album marks the final segment in a trilogy of solo records that began with 2017’s Under Grape Leaves and 2019’s Croak In The Weeds with this new single arriving off the back of the GoldFlakePaint and Exclaim-tipped “Wild Goldfish” – you can listen to “Nature Compels Me” streaming below-

Nature Compels Me” delivers this organic reach within their ensemble. Utilizing this essential infusion of experimental elements- uniting acoustic guitar notes, electronic soft beats, and a sudden wind instrument resurgence which soars throughout the vibrant landscape. Once the delicate yet dominating vocal notes of Endre emerge your attention is fixated on the lyrics. André Ethier crafts this compelling, sweeping melody that flutters across the growing soundscape created from the get-go of this release, carefully layering these experimental elements against this mix of intricate notes and unpredictable cadence. The vocal harmonies add their own vibe to the creation, Ethier’s overall character that is captured within the release forces the audience to embrace the slower tempo and immerse themselves into this atmospherical arrangement. Ethier controls the mood which alters the vibe, your attention fixated throughout.

While not narratively linked in the traditional sense, these three records document the musician’s ongoing collaboration with producer Sandro Perri. Like Robert Altman’s run of brilliant films with Shelley Duvall in the 1970s, the duo have developed a singular creative kinship over the course of three LPs. Since his days as the frontman of the Deadly Snakes, Ethier has cultivated an entirely different artistic practice as an acclaimed contemporary painter. At the same time, he has quietly slipped out a spellbinding body of work as a solo musician, with this album trifecta showcasing his skills as one of Canada’s most vastly underrated songwriters and storytellers. Ethier’s songs are casually played but carefully orchestrated, allowing each element to appear in sharp focus.

“These albums are a series using the same palette,” explains Ethier. “The tools Sandro and I used on all three of them are similar so that the songs can almost be interchangeable. It’s a way of giving time to a creative relationship so it can blossom, like developing a shorthand with a co-worker. Nurturing that process allows it to grow.” When describing the hazy concepts behind his albums, Ethier proposes a natural trajectory: “In the first, you establish the tools and build yourself a room, in the sequel you live in the room and imagine what’s outside, finally in the third… you escape?” He imagines the singer of these songs as a movie character drifting through non-chronological vignettes. Though he is flawed and his narration is unreliable, we follow this anonymous hero’s journey to a destination filled with unknown promises.

“Nature Compels Me” takes off from where “Wild Goldfish” left us, this time with Ethier exploring ideas of work and dreams, welding intimate acoustic guitar with washes of saxophone provided by Joseph Shabason. The wholesome undertones that sit within the music are married with this lilting folk sensibility, something further emphasised with Ethier’s pastoral artwork which adorns the album sleeve. Speaking about the new track, André says: “I think this one is a meditation on work and dreams. Repetition of daily patterns until you finally float off into the air like a buzzing fly or a saxophone solo.

André Ethier
Further Up Island
May 28, 2021
via Telephone Explosion Records

1. Are You Going
2. Doodah Man
3. Nature Compels Me
4. Flies
5. Rolling Stones
6. Bc
7. Slow the Wheel
8. The Moon is Round and Empty
9. Wild Goldfish
10. You Ride My Mind
11. Wild Blueberries
12. I’ll Reject Myself
13. On the Wheel
14. My Mind

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