Canadian alt-rockers July Talk will be releasing their new album Touch on September 9th.
Touch is the follow-up to their critically acclaimed self-titled debut and is a gloriously emotive and stirring collection of songs with a sound that draws inspiration from the likes of Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Arcade Fire and PJ Harvey. As mentioned in the press release, the new album touches on the universally relatable themes of human connection which weighed heavily on the band during its creation. Lead singer Pete Dreimanis comments on the album saying, “It seems to get easier every day to disconnect from the people around you. Leah and I started to see human touch as this pure thing—this antidote to a world that had become obsessed with mirrors and screens. We became fascinated with that moment where two bodies can actually touch and experience each other honestly.”
This theme is very prominent in the lead single 'Push + Pull', which is a sonic tug of war between lead singer Dreimanis’ husky vocals and co-vocalist Leah Fay’s traditional pop tones, with the song’s inspiration about Western excess and our never-ending appetite for more.
The band have gained a reputation for their provocative videos and 'Push + Pull’ is no exception. It was premiered on Billboard and is in line with the band’s aesthetic of black and white imagery. It was choreographed by Leah Fay, who was also nominated for best actress for her role in last year’s film Diamond Tongues.
After a number of festival dates in Canada and the US, the band will be embarking on a European headline tour in September including a number of dates in the UK:
13th September - King Tuts, Glasgow, UK 14th September - Sound Control Bar, Manchester, UK 15th September - Boston Music Rooms, London, UK