The artwork for ‘Lasso Yo’ was done by Cori Corinne, an amazing designer based in New York. I discovered Cori online after seeing one of her pieces and knew instantly that her work would be the perfect visual accompaniment to the music I was making. Thankfully she felt the same way. Available in both CD and LP here: http://bit.ly/2y0r2hx
Canon Blue's new album 'Lasso Yo,' out now on all platforms! Listen here via Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/1E97N17o3OwimKEmQBama3
Shoutout to Grimey's New & Preloved Music for being the best and supporting independent artists and physical music. I had every intention of putting out a record years earlier, but somehow it wasn’t ready till now. 6 years is a long time between albums and a lot of life happened between Rumspringa & Lasso Yo. Thank you to my amazing label Temporary Residence Ltd., everyone who ever bought/streamed/stole my music, let me borrow gear, came to a show and let me sleep on their floor afterwards or had a kind word. All of it kept me going these past years and allowed me to see this thing through. It’s almost 10 years to the day since my first record Colonies came out and feels very fitting to come almost full circle a decade later. XO
Lasso Yo is out!!! Thanks to Spotify for the ❤️ Listen here http://spoti.fi/2y4Lyzd
New song today, new album tomorrow! ‘Carry My Weight’ is one of my favorites from the record and is a song that is especially personal to me - Thanks to BrooklynVegan for the premiere. Listen here: http://bit.ly/2xXVGrQ ‘Carry My Weight’ from the new album 'Lasso Yo' out Friday on Temporary Residence Ltd.!
It seems self serving to try and promote a record in the midst of all this tragedy, sadness and injustice. I saw someone post somewhere yesterday that we are now collectively living in a constant state of trauma. It feels that way. There are so many intense things in need of our care, action and attention that it can be overwhelming to the point of paralyzation. We are asked to process the highest levels of evil, of systemic injustice, and the loss of heroes all while our attention is being distracted by celebrity gossip, talking heads, viral videos and memes. It’s insane. We need music, we need art and we need a deeper understanding of love and consciousness. We need donations, we need calls to senators/representatives, we need to show up at the local city council meetings. This is first and foremost a call out of myself. It’s uncomfortable. It’s inconvenient and even in the face of all of this, I rarely do anything about it. We’ve lost our narrative and our collective mythology as we splinter into a million pieces, but I’m hopeful we can rebuild a new one. One built upon love, inclusion, understanding and a practiced engagement into the lives and worlds of people who are different from us. Music isn’t going anywhere, but our ability to feel something to the point of engaged action is slipping away, and I don’t want to let that happen.
Been pumped to share this for a while. 'Onyx' remixed by the sonic genius Jamie Lidell is now live! Listen here: http://bit.ly/2yGzWQY
Fun facts about the new video for 'Beholden' - It was filmed at 1000fps and was shot out of a moving car going 50mph. The entire 3:20 min video took only 5 seconds to film with the the 5th take out of 6 being used for the final version. See it here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_Z14eDzCqY
'Onyx' is the second song to be released from my new album, Lasso Yo. In many ways it started from the book Denial of Death which found its way to me via David Dark. This was my attempt to explore the way we are forced to hold sacred and vast, unspeakable things alongside the trivial and the everyday. It's also a song about love. Side note, this features the mighty Darren King on the drums—'Onyx' from the new album Lasso Yo out Oct. 6 on Temporary Residence Ltd.! Artwork by Cori Corinne. Listen here: http://spoti.fi/2xi7hn7
It's here—the official video for BEHOLDEN! Thanks to Noisey + Vevo for the premiere. Watch it now: http://bit.ly/2v5ojoC
I put together a Spotify playlist of a bunch of sonic wizardry that I was listening to while working on the new record. Let it be the soundtrack to your life by subscribing to the Electro Billy Radio Hour. Will update on the reg. http://spoti.fi/2uRTzEf
Thanks to Spotify for featuring 'Beholden' on New Music Friday!! Listen here: http://spoti.fi/2v6a9Cj
I had randomly found a bunch of large plastic letters in a dumpster that used to be the sign to a storefront. At the time, I lived with a bunch of people and whenever we would have a party, friends would always bring the letters out and arrange them into phrases and leave them in the backyard. The morning after one of the parties, I came outside and someone had spelled out “Lasso Yo” against the back fence. It took me over 6 years to finish this new Canon Blue album. Looking back, it’s crazy to see how much I changed in parallel to the making of the record. The arc of my life evolved so distinctly that I feel like the person who started this album is almost the exact opposite of the person who finished it. 'Beholden' is the first song on the record and is symbolic in the way that it sets the stage of what’s to come. Life only moves in one direction, and you can either accept the reality and truth of your life, or you can live in denial in a futile fight against it. Self acceptance is the great work for us all. Thanks for hanging in there with me and I hope you enjoy the new music. —‘Beholden’ from the new album ‘Lasso Yo’ out Oct. 6 on Temporary Residence Ltd.! https://www.canonblue.com
My good friends in Liima (Efterklang + Tatu Rönkkö) are beginning their North American tour next week in Los Angeles, on Sept. 19th! Can't wait to check it out in Chicago. Tickets and dates are available at www.liima.net/live. Check out the video for their single 'Amerika' below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrAQHUsw8SA