Discover “Shadows of Our Evening Tides” from Alex Henry Foster’s solo album, “Windows in the Sky”. The song features American poet Allen Ginsberg reading his masterful work “Song”, and is an immersive and contemplative journey about finding peace through grieving time and living with the regrets of moments left undone.
Allen Ginsberg passed away on this day 22 years ago, but his work is eternal and still inspires today – and this is why April 5 was chosen as the release date for this music video. And it is another way to celebrate the Poetry Month with you, as words are a powerful way to share the heart and soul of who we are.
Surprise success during last fall music releases in Quebec, Your Favorite Enemies’ singer, Alex Henry Foster, releases a second music video off his solo album Windows in the Sky, this time for the song Shadows of Our Evening Tides.
“The weight of the world is love…” Filmed in Japan and featuring the words of famous American Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, Shadows of Our Evening Tides makes us travel to Tokyo.
The dreamy images of the Japanese megalopolis and its inhabitants are the canvas to what the artist describes as “the ineluctable pursuit of an everlasting happiness within the implacable context of a life hastily passing by.”
Shared online in November, the videoclip for the song Summertime Departures, now has, for its part, close to 500,000 views on YouTube.
Scheduled on the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal’s program, on July 5, at the Club Soda, Alex Henry Foster took the music world by surprise, last November, when his album made an entrance at the top of the sales in Quebec, ahead of the new releases of Muse, Imagine Dragons, and Marie-Mai.
April 4, 2019
Leaving Iceland in a Jazzy Type of Mood
Note: This Spotify playlist has been written from the Reykjavik airport while I was waiting for my flight back home.
I’m presently at the Reykjavik airport, waiting to board my plane back home after what has been quite a chaotic and nightmarish last Icelandic moment following the cancellation of all flights from my airline… A situation that left the filming crew and I grounded on this magnificent island a little longer than expected.
Regardless of all the confusion, I’m quite blessed to have found a last-minute seat within the complex circumstances, especially as so many people are still stuck here without much – if any at all – answers or affordable alternatives to go back home. It’s a strange type of ending to an adventure that has been nothing short of fantastic and inspiring, but maybe every unique story is ultimately made of similar unbelievable events… If so, that trip has been quite a singular one to say the least!
Alex Henry Foster will perform his solo album “Windows in the Sky” live for the very first time, at the Club Soda on July 5, as part of the Festival de Jazz de Montréal!
Not only will we have special guests on stage, but we’re also planning a very special YFE weekend for all of you to join!
Friday July 5
Concert at the Club Soda
Saturday July 6
Montreal City Tour with Sef
*Secret Event at Night*
Sunday July 7
Brunch with Your Favorite Enemies’ Band Members
This is meant to be a worldwide gathering so if you were envisioning to travel to Montreal, Canada anytime soon, this sounds like the perfect occasion! We can’t wait to see you for this unforgettable weekend! Reserve your places now and get to know all the details on the Facebook event here.
In case you haven’t heard, Alex Henry Foster will be part of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal this summer! He’ll perform at the Club Soda on July 5 and will play his album “Windows in the Sky” live for the first time. You have until 10pm (ET) tonight to get a chance to have your tickets in pre-sale.
After being #1 week after week in the iTunes and Billboard charts, appearing in the Canadian press like Journal de Québec and Montréal, Salut Bonjour, Vancouver Sun, this is an awaited event you don’t want to miss, which might be Alex’s only show this year!
You don’t want to miss that! Places are limited so make sure to grab your tickets ASAP!
Alex Henry Foster, our lead singer, will be part of the renowned Festival International de Jazz de Montréal as headliner of a concert at the Club Soda on July 5! He’ll play his solo album “Windows in the Sky” live for the very first time – and it might be the only time you’ll hear it live.
One thing is for sure, it’ll be an unforgettable moment! We even heard talking about it as being an immersive multimedia experience…! Tickets will be available on Friday, BUT we’ll offer you a chance to get your tickets before everyone else!!!
The Beauty Of Gloom… The Blessing Of Amazing
I’m still laughing at all the comments I received following my 2 last Spotify playlists, especially those stating that I totally misled everyone into believing “Guilty Pleasure” was something a little off that you are listening to discretely, when I filled my playlist with the likes of Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, John Lydon and Siouxsie… as Rebeca wrote to me: “Alex, how can you say guilty pleasure and name Johnny Ramone and David Byrne? You totally acted way cool! But I forgive you for sharing great songs at least!” So thank you all for your compassionate grace… I’ll try to make amends in the upcoming weeks, I promise 😉
This week has been incredibly busy. I left the absolutely wonderful springtime of my Virginia Highlands to get back to Montreal for a short stop where I worked on a very special project for the upcoming Record Store Day and scheduled my next studio sessions with Ben before heading back to the airport once more to go shoot a new video for one of the tracks of my album “Windows in the Sky”. Fun fun times ahead!!!
Therefore, what I love more than anything else about being on a plane is the fact that I can let go into music like nowhere else. No chat, no email, nothing but sounds, noises and words… a whole lot of it all! It’s one of the ultimate pleasures I still allow myself to have in life, and this time, I fell right back into the band of my friend Andrey, SUPERNOVA 1006. It’s an amazing band from St. Petersburg I discovered a few years ago totally randomly when a promoter was trying to get me and Your Favorite Enemies to play in Russia, which we almost did if it wasn’t for me leaving for Tangier… for 2 years!!! So I was looking for a potential Russian band we could tour with, and found SUPERNOVA 1006. And what a discovery! Great music, sharp writers and extraordinary people… I bought their 7” right away!
“My Guilty Pleasure” Part 2
I received so many incredible songs and stories for my weekly Spotify with the theme “My Guilty Pleasure” over the last 2 weeks, from really funny to beautifully deep, may it be from old time friends, people who don’t want to be tagged, people asking me more details on my personal weekly stories, up to people telling me they only like uncool and generic stuff, others sending non-Spotify artists, and all, and all. For me, everyone is welcome to share, however cool or not they think they are or how underground and experimental the music they like is… It’s always about what moves you.
This playlist is not about what Alex thinks is cool music or not… If that was the case it would be quite boring. And who wants to hear playlists assembled of 10, 15, 20 songs of 30-minute songs made of feedback and bad recording? Not that many people, believe me…! My bandmates remind me every single time they pass by the studio: “Alex, let us know when your feedback therapy treatment is over, we’ll join you after…” So again, everyone is welcome to share 😉
For me, receiving song suggestions from all over the world is the indisputable proof that music has that unique and wonderful essence that allows us all not only to express any possible type of feelings but has the power to help us commune with other people like nothing else I have ever been exposed to in my life. So, with all that being said, here’s “My Guilty Pleasure” playlist, part 2.
Feature: Talking Heads
It has been a little more difficult for me to assemble my playlist this week, the reason being I didn’t pay as much attention to music as I usually do, which also explains why I felt a little more down, I guess… But also because March is quite a busy month for me and the other Your Favorite Enemies members. So I hesitated about the band I wanted to feature, I became more self-conscious about what I would share (the being seen as cool part…!) and sent my text to translation (Yes, we do translate posts through real people :)) past my usual deadline… It’s only today, Monday, late afternoon, that it all came naturally, as I was watching the first episode of Iggy Pop’s “Punk” documentary on Epix… And sorry, Iggy, it’s not the Stooges nor the Ramones who came to mind!
In fact, as pretty much everyone I meet, I have a very different vision on what defines the real nature of “punk”, which differences could be exposed by a conversation I had with the promoter of a venue I was playing to with Your Favorite Enemies a few years back during our “Shadows of Dreams to Come” tour…
Promoter: “So, Alex… What’s punk to you? The Pistols, The Clash, The Ramones…?”
Alex: “… Talking Heads.”
Alex: “No, but really…”
Promoter: “AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA!!! ok, Alex… Honestly!”
Alex: “Talking Heads”
Alex: “Ain’t punk about doing whatever you want regardless of the trend you are involved with?”
Promoter: “TALKING HEADS AIN’T PUNK”
Alex: “The Ramones, The Pistols, The Clash later on… They weren’t following trends, they were being themselves, not the usual copy cats that followed, right?”
Promoter: “You are right… But not Talking Heads, no…!”
Alex: “For me, Mozart, Luther, Da Vinci, Dali, Hemingway, Cash, Burroughs, Public Enemy… all punks”
Promoter: “Not David Byrne… He’s a nerd!”
Alex: “Yes! Sorry to break your heart, but David Byrne is a punk to me”
Promoter: “Ok, ok, go and show me what punk is tonight then…”