New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Aysanabee's new song "Alone
" arrives with the announcement of a forthcoming EP, Here and Now, out October 20, 2023 via Ishkōdé Records. Modest in words yet sparing no feelings, the song conveys the painful yet powerful truth of finality. Emotionally gutting as the song is, listen to "Alone
" and feel the opposite, with Aysanabee's voice rising amongst the synths and guitars as a chorus of reasons to feel that every end is also a new beginning.
As a whole, Here and Now explores Indigenous love and loss in the modern era, a departure from his first record and a new dimension of the artist's world. "This is the first of more records that will explore the impact of colonization on Indigenous love in this country. This country never made me feel worthy of love, and in turn never made me feel worthy of the love of another," says Aysanabee. "Through this record, I wanted to be honest by facing my own fallibilities when it comes to building and keeping relationships."
"Somebody Else," also on the new EP, builds on Aysanabee's previous history-making #1 at Canadian radio. The new single currently sits at #4 on both the alternative chart and on the CBC Music
Aysanabee's whirlwind schedule continues with his upcoming performance at the Polaris Music
Prize Gala on Sept 19, 2023. Aysanabee's Watin, the only debut release on this year's Short List, is in the running for one of the country's most prestigious artistic awards. See Aysanabee on tour with Dan Mangan this fall.
Ishkōdé Records welcomes Here and Now on October 20, 2023.
Here and Now Track List:
1. Waste My Time
2. Letting Go
4. Somebody Else
5. Here and Now
6. The Giver
9/16-9/17 Fredericton, NB - Harvest Jazz Festival
9/22 Nashville, TN - AmericanaFEST, The 5 Spot
10/19 Kingston, ON - Grand Theater w/ Dan Mangan
10/20 Oshawa, ON - Biltmore Theater w/ Dan Mangan
10/21 Paris, ON - Paris Presbyterian Church w/ Dan Mangan
10/23 Hamilton, ON - Bridgeworks w/ Dan Mangan *Sold Out
10/24 London, ON, Aeolian Hall w/ Dan Mangan *Sold Out
10 /27 Ottawa, ON - Bronson Center w/ Dan Mangan
10/28 Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth
Theater w/ Dan Mangan
11/02 Waterloo, ON - Maxwell's w/ Dan Mangan
11/03 Peterborough, ON - Market Hall w/ Dan Mangan
11/04 Montreal, QC - Le Studio TD w/ Dan Mangan
11/05 Quebec, QC - L'Anti Bar w/ Dan Mangan
11/12 Halifax, NS: Rebecca Cohn w/ Dan Mangan
11/14 St. John's, NL - Holy Heart
Theatre w/ Dan Mangan
Aysanabee began creating music under his mother's maiden name during the pandemic when the stillness allowed him to slow down and create music that, he says, more accurately represents himself as an artist. With a swirling mix of indie, soul, and electronic sounds, mournful saxophone, and pulse-quickening fingerpicking, Aysanabee's music is both hypnotic and melodious and has been compared to Bon Iver, Matt Corby, Don Ross, Kim Churchill, Kings
of Leon, and Sam Smith
His debut album, Watin (Nov 2022), named after his grandfather, includes 10 tracks and nine interludes featuring the voice of his grandfather that combines music and journalism with artistry and expression. "Watin actually started out as a series of conversations between myself and my grandfather," says Aysanabee. "We spent the first year of the pandemic talking about things we've never spoke about, his life on the trapline on Sandy
Lake First Nation, falling in love, his life in residential school and then leaving everything behind…we never spoke of it until now. Even though we were over 1,000 kilometres apart, it was probably the closest we've ever been."
In what became a momentous year for Aysanabee, he released his first single, "We Were Here" in July of 2022. This single charted on the Indigenous Music
Countdown and was featured on an episode of Station 19. This single was also performed live at the 2023 JUNO Awards, further solidifying Aysanabee as a major player in Canadian music. The song "Nomads" (August 2022) charted on Billboard Canada, became #1 on CBC Music
and #1 on the Alternative Radio
Chart (March 2023).