With the holidays over, the long dark days in the Northern Hemisphere and, of course, the prolonged strain of a global pandemic, who isn’t experiencing some degree of anxiety? Feren Isles’s title track from his upcoming debut album is his attempt to expose the dread most feel, but too many are afraid to face or discuss openly.
“I wanted to share the nature of my own struggle – the relentless doubt and flashes of panic that seem to follow me wherever I go. I hope that by recognizing themselves in my lyrics, listeners will feel a little less lonely in their anxiety or depression.”
This independent Montreal-based electropop artist’s latest track is the first release from what he has promised to be a deeply personal album, touching on issues such as anxiety, relationship dysfunction, cultures of silence and intrinsic self-worth. Entirely written and produced by Feren Isles, and mixed by James Benjamin of Breakglass Studios (Purity Ring, Kaytranada, CFCF), the album features the artist’s unique baritone voice and electrifying pop synthscapes.
Preceding the release of title track and music video for “It Finds Me” on January 15th, Feren Isles will release segments of a video interview where he shares his struggle with anxiety on his social media, in hopes of contributing to the destigmatization of mental health issues. Furthermore, a portion of bandcamp sales from the single will be donated to Anxiety Canada, an organization devoted to supporting those suffering from anxiety, both in Canada and internationally.
Feren Isles’s confessional songwriting began with his 2019 debut EP, Survival, featuring the lead single Natural Selection, in which he explores reconciling his rural Menonite heritage with his queer identify. The EP drew comparisons to Depeche Mode and Erasure, leading ComeHereFloyd to dub his sound as the “nu new-wave.”
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