“Brooding, yet uplifting” is one way to describe the new single by Canadian singer-songwriter Andrew Michelin and his indie folk project the All Canadian Soundclash. “I want it” is available now.
Falling in line with Andrew’s less is more philosophy, the song joins “I Can See You Loving Me” as one of two singles the project has released this year – following its self-titled debut EP, which landed last summer.
“I’ve always found great joy and satisfaction by being involved in the creative music process,” Andrew said, “so, when the world went into lockdown last year, I took the opportunity to write and rewrite.”
More specifically, the Ottawa-based artist seized the opportunity to take a deep dive into his hefty arsenal of songs he’s accumulated throughout the past decade or so.
“I wanted to see if there was anything worth releasing,” he recalled, “and there was.”
The result is “I want it” — his latest single from The All Canadian Soundclash and award-winning producer and musician Dale Murray (Hayden, Cuff The Duke, Joel Plaskett, Buck 65, Christina Martin, Matt Mays).
“It’s about never giving up on your desires, and winning the race no matter what difficulties may get in your way,” he revealed. “It’s about finally overcoming your demons, and realizing it’s your time to shine — so let’s get this thing done!”
It’s a sentiment well-suited to the year the world has had to endure.
“Even us,” he said, referring to himself, Dale, and drummer Jordi Comstock. “We experienced this all too well when trying to record ‘I want it.’ Dale’s studio is in Nova Scotia, and the maritime provinces had their own isolation bubble where nobody was allowed to enter.
“With me being in Ontario, and the others out east, we were forced to find a different way to record.”
Dale and Jordi recorded at Dale’s Farmhouse Studio, while Andrew contributed his portions from his home studio. “I told Dale this was going to work, and it did! There were many audio files back and forth through email so that Dale could splice and mix the tracks together there at his home.”
It wasn’t all without its uniquely discovered silver linings, he added. “Even though we couldn’t get together and record in one spot, there’s something to be said about being able to record vocal tracks from the comfort of your own home.”