REUBEN AND THE DARK REVEAL SINGLE “TIMELAPSE CLOUDS”
NEW EP COMING LIKE A STORM OUT JUNE 10 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS
Reuben and The Dark announce the Coming Like A Storm EP, which finds bandleader Reuben Bullock reflecting on the slow dissolution of a relationship. The three song collection captures some of Reuben’s most vivid, reflexive songwriting, pairing anthemic melodies with emotive instrumental arrangements. ‘You said you want to go where nobody has been / And dance on the edge of oblivion / Well I was in a forest under your skin / And darling there’s a dark cloud coming in’ sings Bullock over driving percussion, fast-paced acoustic finger-picking, and dramatic swirling synths on the ominous title track.
The new single from the EP, “Timelapse Clouds”, is a resounding collaboration between Calgary-based folk-rock outfit Reuben and the Dark and the Kainai-Bloodtribe Bullhorn Singers. A song that began in experimentation coalesced into a harmonious hymn with Bullock lifted up by the power of Bullhorn Singer’s mantra. A congruence of Reuben’s English verses and Bullhorn’s chorus in Blackfoot, “Timelapse Clouds” is a coming together, a song that belongs to no one and is shared by all.
“In our culture we have mellow, relaxing, and spiritual songs,” says Billy Wadsworth, lead singer of The Bullhorn Singers. “We sing these for purposes of courting and expressing the vibration or spirit of how we feel which is a very universal feeling. As human beings some of the human experience comes with happiness, sadness, joy and pain. This is life. We express the emotion in songs when we sing and when we hear Reuben and the Dark songs, we feel that same energy. We do not necessarily listen to the lyrics but rather feel the spirit and vibration of the song. This is what we try to replicate when we accompany Reuben in any of the songs we are included in. Emotion is universal and we hope to add this vibration when we sing.”
Before stepping on stage together for the first time at the Calgary Stampede in 2020, Reuben asked Billy, “How would you like me to introduce us, what should I say about our collaboration? How should I speak about reconciliation?” to which Billy replied, “Let’s let our music speak for us, people will feel it. We don’t always need words”.
“It has been an honour to perform and collaborate with the Bullhorn Singers,” says Bullock. “They carry a power and spirit I have never experienced before. I had written the verses to ‘Timelapse Clouds’ a couple of years ago.. but could not find words for the chorus. I asked Billy and Troy Delaney to join us in a studio late one night in Calgary to just experiment really. After sitting with them for a couple of minutes, the lyrics came to me and the lyrics came to them too. A feeling of weightlessness was in the room when we sang together. In English and in Blackfoot…two worlds meeting on an emotional plane, transcending all of the things I know about music. It was truly a magical coming together. Full of spirit. We captured something so pure and powerful together, and effortlessly too. I really feel like this is the most beautiful song we have ever made.”
More About Reuben And The Dark
Reuben and the Dark is the spirited folk-rock outfit led by singer-songwriter Reuben Bullock, whose music blends introspective lyrics with soaring instrumentals. Reuben and the Dark’s music has been featured in Breaking Bad, Dolittle, The Class, Grey’s Anatomy, and many more. The talented Calgary-born Joshua Tree-based singer-songwriter, skateboarder, carpenter, and preacher’s son has released three full lengths on Arts & Crafts, and toured with Boy & Bear and Vance Joy. Reuben and the Dark’s fourth full-length album is anticipated in fall 2022.
Reuben And The Dark
Coming Like A Storm
(Arts & Crafts)
Release Date: June 10, 2022