Toronto, ON – May 22, 2020 – Canadian singer, songwriter and musician, Zaac Pick, releases the third song off his upcoming album, Passages. The eight-track record is a reflective and raw collection of songs that explore the ambiguities and complexities of desire, masculinity, mental health, disillusionment, and finding strength, with a hopeful and often poetic honesty. Today, Zaac releases Atmosphere – the third single off of Passages. Appearing as the album’s opener, this track explores the tension between the knowing, and mystery, in long-term relationships and is a solid introduction to the rest of the tracks to follow. Listen to Atmosphere  here.

A lot of love songs are about the before and after of a romantic relationship, but not as many are about what it's like in between, the space that exists between people in a long-term relationship. How that space expands and contracts, how the line between knowing and mystery blurs and comes into focus over time,” Zaac explains. “Atmosphere is an acknowledgement of the distance that can grow between two people in a relationship, but also of the desire or willingness to cross it and reconnect.”

For Zaac, Passages builds on the songwriting strengths of his previous work, but leaves behind much of the folk simplicity of his earlier recordings, diving into more diverse musical landscapes — where danceable rhythms, pulsing guitars, sweeping 70s strings, and arpeggiating synthesizers are juxtaposed against heavier subject matter, held together by his reassuring timbre.

“Passages is a record that is ultimately about transitions — the liminal seasons in life, that are often the most disorienting and ambiguous — and learning to embrace the uncertainty and the potential for growth found in them,” shares Zaac.

Additionally, the album features contributions from a number of well-regarded fellow Vancouver singer-songwriters and instrumentalists, including Jordan Klassen, Taylor Swindells (The Tourist Company), Bre McDaniel, Skye Brooks (Co-Pilots, Fond Of Tigers), and string arrangements by sibling duo Brian and Caleb Chan (Dear Rouge, Holy Hum).

Based in Vancouver, BC, Pick originally moved from his native Medicine Hat, Alberta in the early 2000s, becoming immersed in the region's burgeoning indie-folk music community as guitar player and songwriting member of the band Doubting Paris. After being dropped from their US record label, Pick ventured out on his own, releasing a string of EPs and an LP that earned him regional songwriting awards and nominations, generous national radio (CBC) support, opening slots for the likes of The Civil Wars, Noah Gundersen, and Bahamas, and numerous features for his songs on major network television shows.

1. Atmosphere
2. Dangerous
3. Strong Enough
4. Ladder To The Sun
5. Small Wonders
6. Play Pause Rewind
7. December
8. Lighter Side Of Blue

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