Published Oct 16, 2015Vancouver-based musician Ryan McCormick is ready to return with a new LP called Dreamland from his Collapsing Opposites project next week, but before the full record arrives, Exclaim! is giving you a look at the brand new video for "Castles."
The new record hears McCormick taking a much more personal approach to music, writing songs about some life-altering events within his family. "In 2014 I was going along on my merry way writing weirdo DIY pop songs about age restrictions, noise complaints and other issues in local music politics, when all of a sudden my life was struck by a trifecta of emotional weirdness," he explained in a press release. His first child was born, his brother passed away and his father was diagnosed with severe dementia.
The writing and recording of Dreamland supplanted "futile" counselling, spawning a collection that mixes older songs about musical politics with "glimpses into a roller coaster year of my family life, all united by overarching themes of sleeping, dreaming, resting."
"Castles" is the first taste of the new record, and the accompanying visuals follow McCormick on a rainy day through town, eventually ending up in a small secretive art gallery. Here, the footage changes from black-and-white to showcase bright colours and watch the singer-songwriter as he admires, sketches along and has a snack.
Dreamland is out on October 23 through ur audiovisual. Watch the clip for "Castles" in the player below.