MIPSO RELEASES HEY COYOTE
Toronto, ON – August 21, 2020 – As any touring musician will likely tell you, life on the road certainly has its high points, but it can also feel somewhat surreal at times: days of the week and cities across the vast landscape all start to blur together. After a funny encounter he had while on tour with Mipso, singer and guitarist Joseph Terrell, was inspired to put pen to paper. Hey, Coyote, available today via all DSPs, is a dreamy rumination about the odd realities of life on the road, and the longing for home. Listen to Hey, Coyote here.
Terrell recalls, “We were playing a show in Missoula, Montana, and I had the afternoon to explore town, and I was feeling like a very fluent traveler and very at home in the world. A barista looked at me flatly and asked, ‘where are you from?’ and it snapped me out of my little delusion. I’m not at home here, and in fact, we travel so much that I don’t really feel at home anywhere.”
He reflects, “We spend our days moving between impersonal commercial spaces: hotel lobby, gas station, restaurant, venue, bar. I remember realizing once that every room I’d been in all day had been selling Doritos. Coyote is like Hermes, the trickster figure, God of travellers and transitions and commerce and language. I guess this song comes from wanting to have the option of leaving these in-between spaces and really being home somewhere.”
The video for Hey, Coyote draws inspiration from a number of sources. Terrell explains, “The song has a really particular vibe - kind of half wistful prayer, half self-deprecating joke. When we were brainstorming ideas for the video, we realized that it’s totally a David Lynch mood. A mixture of earnest formality and a subtle absurdity, set to a backdrop of strange outdoorsy and wildlife visual references, made it very fun to imagine, and very Twin Peaks. We also referenced some circa 1990 videos from arty pop bands like the Blue Nile for some inspiration, because somehow those two visual worlds fit together pretty well."
Watch the video here.
Mipso, set for release on October 16, 2020, is the group’s most communally realized work to date. Mipso’s members – Wood Robinson, Libby Rodenbough, Jacob Sharp, and Joseph Terrell, each a songwriter and lead singer in the band – collaborated closely with producer, Sandro Perri, toward the goal of shaping a sonic landscape that is expansive and atmospheric yet also personal – “like an intimate voiceover to a dream sequence,” as Terrell puts it.
With additional musical contributions by artful engineer/guitarist, Mark Goodell, (Julian Lage, Margaret Glaspy), Mipso’s touring drummer, Yan Westerlund, and their longtime collaborator, Shane Leonard (on banjo, percussion, and synth), Mipso is a body of work with spacious arrangements that gently illuminate the idiosyncratic details and refined musicianship at the heart of every song.
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