The record will be out in October 12th through Paper Bag Records. Pre-order your copy here.
The Gulf Islands of the Pacific Northwest are an enigma. The islands jut up through the brisk waters of the Pacific Ocean, and just as the likes of Vancouver and Seattle exist at the intersection of opulences both natural and manmade, the islands host multitudes in their lush, hushed red cedar and Doug Fir skyscrapers. Art d'Ecco is one such multitude: an unapologetic, inclusive rock and roll mystic in a wig and lipstick.
When d'Ecco moved into his grandmother's cottage on one of the islands, he hadn't planned on creating a new project. But, as it often does, circumstance charted his course. His grandmother, living with Alzheimer's, suffered a related phenomenon called 'sundowning,' which triggers increased agitation and anxiety around sunset. "The only way to calm this lady down was to sit down at the piano," says d'Ecco. He would play "Bohemian Rhapsody," passing it off as Beethoven. After she was relocated, d'Ecco remained in the empty house where he had played as a child. Draped in memory, he gravitated toward the piano, spending the long, lonesome, quiet nights on the bench before the instrument. This is where Art d'Ecco was created.
The record, is a product of those islands, where he wrote and prepared the album in a cottage. It was in these woods, shrouded in fog rolling off the ocean and surrounded by deer, rabbits, and a reclusive neighbour, that Art d’Ecco found not just the clarity of stillness, but the loneliness and isolation of it. These he has distilled into a record of mystery, fluidity, and neon glam-rock stomp.
Check out the tracklist and the video for the new single "Never Tell" below.
01. Never Tell
04. Nobody's Home
05. Who Is It Now?
06. Dark Days (revisited)
08. Lady Next Door
09. Last In Line
10. The Hunted
“We wanted to make it look old school and to do that we played around with different filters and vintage lenses,” says cinematographer Wai Sun Cheng of the new video. “The colour theme was mostly chosen based on 80s poster art. d’Ecco brought a bunch of vintage instruments he used on the recording to the shoot and that really adds to the overall look of the video.”
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