Hayden Recruits Feist, Steve Buscemi, And Extra For ‘On A Seashore’

Hayden–the enduring Toronto indie-folk rock fixture–has introduced Are We Good, his first full-length studio album since 2015, due out April 5 by way of Arts & Crafts.

The information arrives alongside lead single “On A Seashore,” which options Feist. The observe arrived alongside a cinematic, star-studded official video, additionally that includes Leslie Feist with cameos by Matt Berninger of The Nationwide and beloved actor Steve Buscemi (who Hayden final labored with on the music for Bushes Lounge, Buscemi’s 1997 directorial debut).

Spearheaded by “On A Seashore”–a track unmatched in his canon for its fast catchiness and clear blue sky manufacturing–Are We Good posits Hayden Desser, peppered and grizzled (by the pandemic or parenting), in an attic studio stand-off with author’s block throughout early lockdown.

A pair’s duet about turning to hypnosis in the hunt for the spark of their youth, the track’s ambling bass line and sparse hand claps blossom into Feist and Hayden’s indelible refrain of, “We’re on a seaside, oh yeah, we’re on a seaside/ We’re consuming earnings taxes and also you’re keen on me,” with swirling synths including to the atmosphere.

Accompanied by a transportive music video directed by Yael Staav, who has directed most of Hayden’s movies for the final 25 years, “On A Seashore” brings an all-star solid collectively right into a timeless artist’s singular realm.

“One afternoon [in] February 2021 I used to be asleep at my piano after I acquired a textual content from my pal Leslie (Feist), inviting me to be part of a songwriting workshop with a number of different musicians of be aware. I used to be terrified, however joined in as an try to jolt myself out of submission. The thought was to write down a track a day for seven consecutive days, sharing them later every night with the opposite writers. An incredible mixture of pure toes to the hearth expression and accountability.

“‘On A Seashore’ was my ‘day 4’ submission. I continued tinkering with the track and recording within the following weeks, including a bridge, monitoring a number of synth traces to attempt to create what I believed hypnosis might sound like. Just a few weeks later, Leslie was on the town and I invited her to sing on a more moderen verse I’d written to make the track extra of a dialog. Who higher than the very best, and the one who mainly made the track occur within the first place.”

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