Published May 15, 2017Canrock collective Broken Social Scene are set to release a new album called Hug of Thunder this summer, and they've enlisted their most famous member to sing its title track.
Feist takes over vocal duties on "Hug of Thunder," a slow-burning pop tune that spends much of its five-minute runtime showcasing ambient production tricks. By the time it reaches its crescendo, the song is more hug than thunder, though that's hardly a bad thing.
"I said 'I really want to be involved, but I need to contribute something that means something to me,'" Feist recently told Exclaim!, speaking about the new BSS record. "I went to the Bathouse [studio, owned by the Tragically Hip] and spent four days with people I've known forever, people with whom you're both visible and invisible — there's no self-consciousness. We wrote this song in three passes that's on the record. Then I paused and wrote the lyrics, so there is a story that will matter to me."
Listen to "Hug of Thunder" below. The album of the same name arrives on July 7 via Arts & Crafts/City Slang, and you can pre-order it on Coke bottle clear vinyl here.
BSS have just announced a U.S. tour in support of the record. You can see all the band's upcoming tour dates down below, which also include some previously announced Canadian festival performances.
05/23 Manchester, United Kingdom - Albert Hall
05/24 London, United Kingdom - Brixton Academy
05/26 Neustrelitz, Germany - Immergut Festival
05/28 Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
05/29 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
05/30 Paris, France - Alhambra
06/01 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06/03 Toronto, ON - Field Trip
06/24 Pasadena, CA - Arroyo Seco Weekend
07/21-23 Edmonton, AB - Interstellar Rodeo
08/05 Montreal, QC - Osheaga
08/18-20 Winnipeg, MB - Interstellar Rodeo
9/16/17 Ithaca, NY - State Theatre ~
9/17/17 New York, NY - Meadows Music & Art festival
9/19/17 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ~
9/21/17 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel ~
9/22/17 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle *
9/24/17 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
9/26/17 Des Moines, IA - Hoyt Sherman *
9/27/17 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theater *
9/28/17 St. Paul, MN - The Palace *
9/29/17 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom *
9/30/17 Detroit, MI - The Fillmore *
10/1/17 Pittsburgh, PA - Byham Theater *
10/3/17 Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore
10/5/17 Portland, ME - State Theater *
10/6/17 New Haven, CT - College Street *
10/7/17 Boston, MA - House of Blues
~ with the Belle Game
* with Frightened Rabbit