JUNO-NOMINATED TORONTO ARTIST STORRY SHARES STORRYTELLING THROUGH SONG IN-BETWEEN CHAPTERS ON NEW EP INTERLUDE-19 WITH VISUAL FOR TELLING
LISTEN TO DEBUT ALBUM CH III: THE COME UP HERE
Toronto, ON – September 8, 2020 – Emerging from a time of isolation comes transition, and JUNO-nominated Toronto artist, STORRY, delivers the STORR-ies in between chapters with her second project this year – INTERLUDE-19.Released on Saturday, September 5 (STORRY’s birthday), the visual album explores themes like time, waiting, power, self-deprecation and death. It arrives with a video for third single, TELLING, a commentary on society’s reliance on technology and the power it has over our lives. Watch TELLING, and listen to INTERLUDE-19 here for more.
While the word, interlude, is defined as “an intervening or interruptive time, space or event…when a situation or activity is different from what comes before and after it,” STORRY comments on the project themes: “We’re in reflection, in limbo. We’re waiting and are uncertain of what the world will be after all. It can feel like purgatory, springing up a multitude of emotions. It’s an interruption from our ‘busy’ness and our frenzied state of ego and consumption. We are now forced to either look at ourselves, at our world, or otherwise attempt to drown ourselves with frivolous distractions. But this time, these months, this year, though seemingly endless, is but a blip in time. A flash in the pan. So, I decided to call this record INTERLUDE-19.”
The EP opens and closes with an Arabic lullaby STORRY’s mother (who appears on the track) used to sing to her called NAMI NAMI. STORRY explains that "a central theme on the EP is the cyclical nature of life and wanting to be awake for it. Wanting to feel alive and autonomous. Though putting a child to sleep might seem counter-intuitive to being awake, going to sleep can also symbolize a brighter morning and a new beginning." INTERLUDE-19’s tracklist forms a powerful statement: DEATH, DON’T, WAIT, FOR NO ONE, SO, LIVE, A STORRY, WORTH, TELLING. Lead singles, WORTH, featuring LA artist, Thurz and produced by Polaris Music Prize-nominated, Junia-T, who was also at the helm for TELLING (where he makes a cameo in the video), and her Pride Month anthem, FOR NO ONE, reflects being human on all fronts with varied perspective. A major part of the writing, vocal recordings, partial music production, and filming for the visuals (directed by STORRY’s creative collaborator, Karimah Zakia Issa, who helmed STORRY’s cinematic visual for Money Ain’t Free), were completed within 10 days in quarantine at Collabo Camp, an independent arts space in Tweed, Ontario.
STORRY has been sharing the music live, as she rocked a performance on August 20 for Music Hall Hamilton’s DoWell by Hamilton concert series, followed by a headline set at META Arts Festival, a September 3 show for Jack.org, with an upcoming performance at Conestoga College’s Virtual Live Music Series on October 1. See below for details.
The project follows her critically acclaimed debut album, CH III: The Come Up, which was released February 20, 2020, based on a chapter of STORRY’s life; a woman exiting the sex industry to enter the music industry, only to discover that both are equally misogynistic and problematic. With roots in the opera world, yet expansion into all styles, STORRY’s live set is always one for the books. Following the album launch, she rocked a packed room at Toronto’s iconic Lula Lounge, followed by a show in Montreal at Bar Le Ritz PDB and a North American tour with Sofar Sounds. You can listen to CH III: The Come Up here, and watch STORRY’s award-winning, self-produced Claymation film, Up, set to a song of the same name, here.
STORRY continues to share her STORY, in national features with Addicted Magazine, Complex Canada, The Canadian Press, EARMILK, The Toronto Star, The Creative Imbalance Podcast, Canadian Beats, New Theory Radio, Studio01, CityTV’s Breakfast Television, CJRU The Cool Table, amongst others, with her music played on CBC q, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Big City Small World, and CIUT, and live sessions with Radio Humber, Canadian Music Therapy Fund, RX Music and more.
STORRY is a multifaceted wonder woman who writes and produces her music, and is intrinsically involved in all aspects of her career from designing album covers to directing award-winning music videos. Her debut concept album, CH III: The Come Up, was released on February 20, 2020 to critical acclaim. Since then, she was nominated for a 2020 JUNO Award in the category of Reggae Recording of the Year for her song, Another Man, which was produced by reggae royalty, Sly and Robbie. Listen to the song here.
Now, with the world in retrospection, STORRY decided to write and assemble virtual collaborations in order to create a new EP called INTERLUDE-19 in isolation. Another conceptual piece with an array of emotions and genres that take her listeners on a journey, marking a monumental transition between chapters. STORRY’s art is raw and honest to the max. If it doesn’t touch you, it’ll hit you in the face.
Upcoming Livestream Performances:
October 1 – Conestoga College Virtual Live Music Series – 1:00 pm ET