February 6, 2023

Murray A. Lightburn, the longtime frontman of Montreal’s acclaimed The Dears, returns in the present day with a deeply private new single “Dumpster Gold,” to announce his third solo full-length album, ‘As soon as Upon A Time In Montreal’, for a March 31 launch by way of Dangerbird Data.

The album, which Lightburn jokes is an audio model of a biopic, was impressed by the passing of his father, a jazz musician from Belize who moved to Montreal by way of New York to reconnect along with his teenage sweetheart. The 2 had been married for 56 years, till he handed in April 2020 in a Quebec nursing dwelling the place he’d been dwelling with Alzheimer’s.

Discussing “Dumpster Gold”, Lightburn notes, “A few 12 months or so after my outdated man handed, my mother referred to as and stated, ‘Murray, I’ve made an enormous determination: I’m promoting the home’. She’d been there for 50 years. We had been the one household that ever lived in it, considered one of many similar homes in a piece of Brossard, Quebec. On our means out, we sifted via every thing; most of it was going to the dump. There have been many nugatory treasures that had been significant solely to us. A few issues now sit round my home. My father wasn’t an expressive man to me. I’m left with these fragments to piece collectively a connection to him.”

Regardless of rising up with the person, Lightburn—the youngest brother of three—says his father “was nearly a whole stranger to me. I might nearly depend the conversations we had, and none of them had been very significant. I needed to deduce that our completely satisfied moments had been listening to Expos video games collectively. I by no means knew how he felt about my profession or the issues I’d achieved—all of which I obtained from him.”

Watch the video for ‘Dumpster Gold’ – BELOW:

Lightburn’s father was a saxophonist who worshipped Coltrane. There’s no arduous bop on ‘As soon as Upon A Time in Montreal’, but it surely does function an array of Montreal jazz gamers. Like this album’s predecessor, 2019’s Hear Me Out, Lightburn is in full crooner mode, distilling the fervour and depth of The Dears into mild preparations that function an orchestral part, drawing on the late-’60s, early-’70s people/jazz/pop: Dionne Warwick, Nick Drake, Invoice Withers, Serge Gainsbourg, Al Inexperienced, and so on. Whereas the influences could be apparent, the top result’s singular and with out peer.

After the patriarch handed, Murray’s 86-year-old mom began revealing tender particulars of their life collectively. “She painted a portrait of a person that I had by no means met in my life,” says the songwriter. “I then pieced the story collectively.” He didn’t but know he was writing a story album. The primary batch of songs had been written as a part of the grieving course of—preserving busy, in the best way that’s most pure for a songwriter with an internationally acclaimed 25-year profession. Another initiatives intervened—together with the unique soundtrack for I Like Films, which debuted to raves on the 2022 Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant and can arrive in theatres this March—earlier than Lightburn doubled down and completed.

‘As soon as Upon A Time In Montreal’ was produced by Howard Bilerman (Leonard Cohen, The Climate Station, Godspeed You! Black Emperor), who Lightburn labored with on Hear Me Out. The album options Dears drummer Jeff Luciani together with various gifted, native jazz gamers, together with Frank Lozano, who delivers a hovering sax solo on the title monitor, which for Murray conjured the ghost of his father, who—after abandoning music when he grew to become a born-again Christian—had picked up his sax once more within the 2000s to play on two Dears songs. As quickly as Lozano completed, “I knew it was a 400-foot dwelling run,” says Lightburn. “I knew it was one thing that may maintain. I knew additionally at that second how a lot my dad would love this file. Even when he by no means instructed me, I do know that it could be on repeat in his automotive if he was nonetheless with us and driving round. That was my motivation—to make one thing I do know he would love. It’s not indie rock, you already know?”

Murray A. Lightburn will hit the street subsequent month within the UK and Eire supporting Stars, kicking off February 3 in Galway and operating via February 18 [all dates below].

Tour Dates:

02/03 – Galway, IE @ Roisin Dubh
02/04 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
02/05 – Cork, IE @ Cyprus Avenue
02/07 – Belfast, UK @ Ulster Corridor
02/08 – Glasgow, UK @ King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
02/09 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Membership
02/10 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
02/11-12 – London, UK @ Lafayette

‘As soon as Upon A Time In Montreal’ tracklist:

01. Dumpster Gold
02. No New Deaths Immediately
03. In The Kingdom Of Heaven
04. The Solely One I Need To Hear
05. Oh However My Coronary heart Has By no means Been Darkish
06. Reaching Out For Love
07. As soon as Upon A Time In Montreal
08. Woman You’ve Obtained To Let Me Go


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