“Many of the songs are the subconscious soundtrack to my life and travels before my mind had a chance to conceive them,” says Canada-based musician Calvin Love of his new record Highway Dancer (out Oct 26th). “From the endless highways of North America to the Hutong alleys of Beijing. I don’t chase the songs they chase me.”
Having left his native Edmonton, Alberta, at the age of eighteen to travel Europe and America, Love has memories and experiences to burn. From desert drives to louche noir journeys through non-distinctive streets; where Love went, his music followed, pulling from each destination like sonic souvenirs.
In Highway Dancer, Love invites you passenger side. Pairing smooth, lounge beats and subtle synths with his distinct longing vocal work, here’s a galaxy drifter with a vampish falsetto and stories to tell. Sonically and aesthetically, we’re in a cocktail lounge, rolling around Love’s psyche like an olive in a martini.
The record’s debut track, Wildflower, is the first stop on Love’s passage, and here we exclusively premiere the track’s video, created by Brennan Lloyd.
“The video was made with nothing but, passion in the budget by my good friend Brennan Lloyd,” says Love. “We borrowed a camera and travelled in his van to the Californian desert and around Los Angeles over the course of two days. The resulting series of images serve to explore the parallels of time, the natural world and the processes underpinning life’s journey.”
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Catch Calvin Love on tour in the US:
9. 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ La Petite Poubelle#
10.2 – New Orleans, LA @ Santos*
10.4 – Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room*
10.5 – Dallas, TX @ Rustic*
10.6 – San Antonio, TX @ Rustic*
10.7 – Houston, TX @ The Continental Club*
10.10 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf*
10.11 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge*
10.12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Peppermint Club*
10.13 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar*
10.14 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop*
10.16 – Portland, OR @ Dante’s*
10.17 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern*
10.18 – Boise, ID @ JUMP (Pioneer Room)
10.19 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban*
10.21 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive*
# w/ Jenna Putnam
* w/ The Sheepdogs