BEN KUNDER – “FIGHT FOR TIME”
BETTER HUMAN (2018)
May 17, 2018
“The song, “Fight For Time”, is literally about the struggle to find time for all of the things important in my life,” shares Kunder. “ Maia Davies and I got together in the studio and she just started asking me questions about my day, about my kids, work as a carpenter, where I find time to work on my music and space to breathe. The words ‘I always gotta fight for time, time to be alone, time to be loved’ came out of my mouth and we went from there. Life is so busy and finding the time to put the energy you want to in all of the things that are important can sometimes seem impossible, and maybe it is. But love, love is all.”
Expertly navigating that rarefied space between elegiac folk and accessible pop, Toronto-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ben Kunder has emerged as one of the most electrifying musicians on the indie scene and a sought-after live performer. His 2015 debut Golden garnered critical acclaim and airplay from Canada to the UK to the Netherlands. Kunder’s dazzling sophomore album Better Human, is set for release on Friday, June 29, and is poised to dominate 2018. Real life anchors most of Better Human, the record exploring compelling themes like the birth of a child, the struggle for life balance, the workday reality propping up our outward façade, largely illuminating the human struggle to navigate through the world while sharing darkness in order to see the light. Produced alongside Aaron Goldstein at Baldwin Street Sound, guests include Oh Susanna, Jim Guthrie, Paper Bird/Bahamas singer Carleigh Aikins, Sarah McDougall, Ladies of the Canyon’s Maia Davies and Anna Ruddick, Arkells drummer Tim Oxford and keyboardist Anthony Carone, violinist Drew Jurecka, and Wintersleep drummer Loel Campbell, among others. Propelled variously by strings, pedal steel, keyboards, percussion, guitar, bass, and those spectacular before-mentioned voices, renders small moments in precise detail, making his songs both accessible and, occasionally, downright palpable.