Montreal four-piece, TOPS, enter the new decade by announcing a new album I Feel Alive.
Due for release on April 3rd through the band’s own label, Musique TOPS, the group have also revealed new single ‘Witching Hour’, along with extensive North American and European live dates.
“‘Witching Hour’ is a song about reckoning. David [guitarist] wrote the chorus of the song, and when he showed it to me I gravitated towards the idea of a witching hour as a time of night for unconscious thoughts and uncomfortable visions,” vocalist Jane Penny said of the new song. “The pressure to be feminine has twisted my experience of my own sensuality in this nightmarish way, and I wanted to articulate that by conjuring the nefarious ways that trauma emerges in dreams.
“There’s a sense of reprisal in witchcraft, of retribution as a means of expression, and I wanted to explore that side of feminine power.”
Stream it, below.
“From the first time we practised with her it was clear that we were in sync musically, and we found ourselves improvising together at the first rehearsal,” says Penny when discussing the new material. “Having Marta manning the keys allowed me to reach for my flute, and gave me the chance to integrate my flute playing with the writing process, using it as an expressive instrument rather than more production element which it has been in the past.”
She continued: “We’d spent a lot of time apart, not working on new stuff or touring, just living life, all in different cities. When we went to make I Feel Alive we all had a good sense of what we were trying to do and a renewed energy towards playing together. The goal was to get in a room together and play, not holding anything back.”