Canadian ensemble BADBADNOTGOOD return to announce a new album. Talk Memory, the band’s first album with XL Recordings / Remote Control Records, features 9 new songs and is due October 8th. The album features musical contributions from Arthur Verocai, Karriem Riggins, Terrace Martin, Laraaji and acclaimed harpist Brandee Younger, who has worked with Moses Sumney, and Thundercat. Sporting visuals from Virgil Abloh, whose design firm Alaska-AlaskaTM designed the cover for Talk Memory, the album is an evolution focused on collaboration and the magic of improvised live performance.
Demonstrating emotional and poetic progress, the new album is an aural odyssey and a heartfelt expression of joy for the music and community the band considers itself lucky to inhabit.
Of the album, BBNG say: “It took a year or two of just living life to get to the place where the creative process was exciting again and once we actually went in to the studio it was the most concise recording and writing process we’ve ever had. We hope that the improvised studio performances bring the listener closer to our live experience.”
To coincide with the announcement of Talk Memory, BADBADNOTGOOD are also sharing the album’s lead single. ‘Signal From The Noise’ is a psychedelic jazz track exploring balance and harmony through improvisation. The new track is accompanied by a Duncan Loudon-directed video. Starring Steve Stamp, writer and star of the BBC’s sitcom People Just Do Nothing, the video is a pitch-perfect accompaniment to the song.
The album announcement comes on the heels of the band going viral on TikTok in June. Tallying 500k+ Tik Tok edit videos of ‘Time Moves Slow,’ the band is now averaging 4.4 million monthly streams and over 3 million monthly listeners on Spotify. The band also recently released issue one of The Memory Catalogue; a print series illustrated by Moya Garrison-Msingwana (Gangbox) of world-building newsletters that fold out into a 32” x 24” poster, releasing with each piece of new music to contextualise Talk Memory. Available in select locations such as Stussy, Noah, Psychic Wines, and more, the newsletter-turned poster features exclusive content (sheet music, illustrated artwork, unseen photos etc.) that allows fans to peek behind the curtain of the BBNG universe. See the list of locations here. This collectible item is also available via the XL webstore and indie record shops and downloadable sheet music for ‘Signal From The Noise’ is available here.
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