Backxwash Returns with Homeric Single "WAKE UP"

The nearly eight-minute epic follows her 2022 album 'HIS HAPPINESS SHALL COME FIRST EVEN THOUGH WE ARE SUFFERING'

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Apr 17, 2024

Backxwash seems to be on the precipice of something. In February, the intrepid Montreal artist collaborated with La+ch and SVDP on "BLVCK," and now she's back with a new single of her own — the nearly eight-minute epic "WAKE UP."

It follows the rapper-producer's last record, HIS HAPPINESS SHALL COME FIRST EVEN THOUGH WE ARE SUFFERING — one of Exclaim!'s Best Albums of 2022 — which was the final instalment in the trilogy with I Lie Here Buried with My Rings and My Dresses and her Polaris Prize-winning God Has Nothing to Do with This Leave Him Out of It.

If "WAKE UP" is any indication, Backxwash's teeth — and pen — are sharper than ever. Evolving from metal with saturated, psychedelic textures to gospel-influenced rap, the track explores different modalities of expressing heaviness. It feels like a call to arms as she promises, "Through the blackened skies, I will not go gentle / I will not go gentle."

Listen to "WAKE UP" below.

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