words by tom johnson
photograph by colin medley
André Ethier’s previous two records, 2017’s Under Grape Leaves and 2019’s Croak In The Weeds, were beautiful exercises in restraint. Forming a trilogy, alongside his new album which is announced today, those works were meticulously crafted and full of grace, the songs gently orchestrated by Ethier and his collaborator and fellow musician, Sandro Perri.
“These albums are a series using the same palette,” Ethier says of the collection. “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.”
Released today and streaming below, new song ‘Wild Goldfish’ is equally and suitably hypnotic, and coincides with the confirmation that new album Further Up Island will be released on May 28th via Telephone Explosion Records. Continuing his relationship with the aforementioned Perri, the new single makes for a blissful near five-minute trip, an immersive concoction of subtle beats and playful lyricism which tells the story of the narrator’s search for the titular fish.
‘Wild Goldfish’ is presented via its wonderfully inspired video, which shows the lead character on his journey through an old-school video game world. “I think this character is looking for impossible things,” Ethier says of the video’s protagonist. “I don’t think there are any wild goldfish, that’s silly. And I don’t think there is a utopian feminist commune in northern BC, and even if there was, I don’t think they would have any use for this guy. Anyhoo, he represents a certain delusional attitude that is in no way malicious but is maybe sweetly pathetic. It’s how I imagine many men’s voices sound to many women.”
Check out the new song and video below right now. You can preorder Further Up Island via Bandcamp here.
Further Up Island is released on May 28th
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