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Chastity: Somersault

Lush production complements the cut's trippy feel.

Chastity: Somersault

By Kerry Doole

Chastity - Somersault ( Dine Alone Records/Deathwish): Whitby-based rock singer/songwriter Brandon Williams trades under the name Chastity, and business has been going well. Recent work has elicited rave reviews from such major international outlets, with The Fader calling his 2018 album Death Lust "one of the most intense and passionate Canadian rock debuts in recent years."


Anticipation is growing for his third album, Suffer Summer, set for release on Jan. 13.  Somersault, the third advance single from the record, came out yesterday, and it's a winner. Sure to help bring the cut attention is the presence of City and Colour - aka Dallas Green - as its co-writer (with Williams and Keegan Powell). Green appears as a guest vocalist on another album track, Vicious Circle.

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Williams is noted for his dark and intense subject matter, but there's actually an upbeat and slightly trippy feel to this song. The lush production is a bonus.

In a label press release, Williams explains that “this is a song about the apocalypse, that was written before this current apocalypse began. It's about finding a better world hidden away in your room, or someplace safe.” Of the accompanying video, he says “The first video put out for the trilogy was for Children, based off a true story of police brutality in my town. In one of the final videos for it now, I wanted to make sure the gap was closed and the cop got what was coming. Trying to make a dream feel real.”  

Another notable name in the credits of Suffer Summer is PUP frontman Stefan Babcock, who co-wrote two songs with Williams. This shows the peer respect Chastity has earned, and it'd be no surprise to see him equal the success of such other hard-edged Canadian bands as METZ, PUP, and The Dirty Nil.

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Chastity opens for City & Colour at Massey Hall in Toronto on Dec. 14, and dates with The Dirty Nil are planned.

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FU##IN' UP, the new album by Neil Young & Crazy Horse, features performances of songs from his 1990 album Ragged Glory, recorded live at Toronto's Rivoli, seemingly during a much-rumoured secret show last November. He'll bring his upcoming tour to Toronto's Budweiser Stage in May, 2024.

Canadian icon Neil Young is adding to his immense discography with a new release this spring, a live album titled FU##IN UP'. The album, featuring Young's longtime band Crazy Horse, consists of nine live recordings from 2023 and is set for a limited edition two-LP release this April, in partnership with Record Store Day. According to the album's credits as noticed by Exclaim!, it was recorded at Toronto's Rivoli club, meaning it likely captures Neil Young & Crazy Horse's secret show at the Rivoli last November.

At that show — supposedly a private birthday party for Canada Goose CEO Dani Reiss — according to reports that generated a lot of buzz when they appeared online days later, Young performed most of his 1990 album Ragged Glory. FU##IN' UP features primarily songs from Ragged Glory, with new titles taken from lyric fragments. ("Over and Over," shared as a single, is now "Broken Circle.") The album features performances from Crazy Horse members Billy Talbot on bass, Ralph Molina on drums, and Nils Lofgren and Micah Nelson on guitar and piano, and Reiss is credited as a presenter.

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