Murray A. Lightburn, the longtime frontman of Montreal’s acclaimed The Dears, returns at present 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 together with his teenage sweetheart. The 2 have been married for 56 years, till he handed in April 2020 in a Quebec nursing residence the place he’d been residing with Alzheimer’s.
Discussing “Dumpster Gold”, Lightburn notes, “A couple of 12 months or so after my outdated man handed, my mother known as and mentioned, ‘Murray, I’ve made a giant determination: I’m promoting the home’. She’d been there for 50 years. We have been the one household that ever lived in it, one among many equivalent homes in a piece of Brossard, Quebec. On our manner out, we sifted by the whole lot; most of it was going to the dump. There have been many nugatory treasures that have 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 virtually an entire stranger to me. I might virtually rely the conversations we had, and none of them have been very significant. I needed to deduce that our glad moments have 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 bought from him.”
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Lightburn’s father was a saxophonist who worshipped Coltrane. There’s no laborious bop on ‘As soon as Upon A Time in Montreal’, but it surely does characteristic 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 characteristic an orchestral part, drawing on the late-’60s, early-’70s folks/jazz/pop: Dionne Warwick, Nick Drake, Invoice Withers, Serge Gainsbourg, Al Inexperienced, and so forth. Whereas the influences may be apparent, the tip 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 have been written as a part of the grieving course of—conserving busy, in the way in which 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 Competition 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 numerous gifted, native jazz gamers, together with Frank Lozano, who delivers a hovering sax solo on the title observe, which for Murray conjured the ghost of his father, who—after abandoning music when he turned 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 residence 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 advised me, I do know that it could be on repeat in his automobile 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 understand?”
Murray A. Lightburn will hit the highway subsequent month within the UK and Eire supporting Stars, kicking off February 3 in Galway and operating by February 18 [all dates below].
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 At the moment
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. Lady You’ve Obtained To Let Me Go