Devin Townsend’s New Song Features ex-Members of The Faceless, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Decrepit Birth
Devin Townsend has released several more new tracks as part of his ongoing “Quarantine Project,” which sees him putting out a song a day while in isolation.
Frankly we haven’t been able to keep up with each and every one of them, but today we’ll share a handful of his most recent entries. “Call of the Void” features Empath drummer Morgan Agren and guitarist Mattias Eklund, while “Honeybunch” stars his Casulaties of Cool collaborator Che Aimee Dorval on vocals and Destrage drummer Federico Paulovich. Today’s track, “Heavy Factions,” is a banger recorded during the Empath sessions with drummer Samus “66Samus” Paulicelli. Wes Hauch plays guitar and Liam Wilson plays bass; both men will play in one iteration of Devin’s upcoming touring band.
Of “Call of the Void,” Devin explains:
“So this song is a favorite of mine. And theres a bit of a story to it as well:
“I had been suggested the album ‘The Slow Light’ on Spotify by an artist I had never heard of called ‘All India Radio’, and it became one of my favorite albums I had heard in ages. I just absolutely fell in love with it, and in particular, a song called ‘Can You Hear The Sound’ which defined a whole piece of the year it came out for me.
“When I left DTP, I went to Sweden to just clear my head and spend some time with friends, and during which, I learned the chords and structure to ‘Can You Hear The Sound’ and began jamming it with Morgan. It ended up being a lovely moment in time for me which I then mixed with Mattias at his house while he laid down some cool melodies.
“I contacted Martin (All India Radio) on Twitter this week and asked if he would mind if I released this for the Quarantine Project and he agreed, so I made a quick video for it and I hope you like it. the term ‘Call Of The Void’ was one that I heard referring to that sensation when your driving beside a cliff and have a strange fear that at any moment you may just hurl yourself over.
“Please listen to ‘The Slow Light’ by All India Radio and hear the original song I took this inspiration from. The structure is verbatim for the most part, and I thank Martin for writing such a lovely song and such a meaningful record to me. Thank you for being cool enough to let me share this tribute to his song. It was really an important piece of music in my life.
“Some days are harder than others, I had a rough one yesterday, but we’re still holding on. Be well my friends, I wish you love and peace.
Devin had this to offer on “Honeybunch:”
“Hey there folks =) Another day, another Quarantine Project demo!
This one I’ve been mixing on the Twitch stream over the past few days, it’s called ‘Honeybunch’ and is a melodic little oddity that gets stuck in my head.
A fortunate side effect of this Quarantine is that a lot of friends of mine are cooped up too, so for this, my buddy Che Aimee Dorval sang her parts in her living room at the same time as drummer Federico Paulovich recorded his drums in his =) Fortuitous! …both of those artists are exceptionally talented.
Wayne Joyner offered to make a cool little video too, (which I added a few dumb faces too) and I think its kind of a decent little song. Thanks everyone involved =)
I hope you enjoy, and I wish you all strength during this trying time. I’ll be doing a Twitch stream at noon if you’re up for a guitar lesson
Your virtual friend, Dev.”
And of “Heavy Factions:”
“Here’s a heavier demo idea. I recorded the drums with Samus during the Empath sessions. Liam plays bass and Wes does a ripping solo. Its all about balance I guess, sometimes chill, sometimes frantic. This would be ‘frantic’ =)
“I hope you have a good weekend. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. Don’t let the stress get you down, try to write some music or make some art maybe this weekend?
“…or cookies? They’re good too…”
You can keep up to date with all of Devin’s Quarantine Project songs here.
Townsend’s crowdfunding campaign to stay afloat during this tough time is ongoing. As of this writing, he has raised over $76,000. You can donate here.