ARMS OF A DREAM TO BE RELEASED MAY 4 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS
CANADIAN TOUR DATES BEGIN MARCH 15
“Bright Eyes meets Mumford & Sons” - American Songwriter
“Earnest, anthemic” - WXPN
“Soaring, cinematic songs replete with heart-string-tugging harmonies” - Winnipeg Free Press
“Gospel-infused folk songs” - WNYC Soundcheck
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Reuben and the Dark is the spirited folk-rock outfit led by songwriter/vocalist Reuben Bullock. Contemplative, passionate, and expansive, Bullock’s songwriting has earned comparisons to contemporaries like Vance Joy, Bright Eyes, and Matt Corby.
On the heels of emotive single “Hurricane,” currently working its way up the CBC Radio 2 Top 20, Reuben and the Dark has announced the new album Arms Of A Dream due out May 4 on Arts & Crafts. The album will be available on LP, CD and digital formats, plus a limited edition of 100 white vinyl available by pre-order only.
Arms Of A Dream finds Reuben and the Dark working outside its comfort zone, both musically and lyrically. The result is Bullock’s most vivid and transformative music to date: an intimate exploration of the inversion of imagination and reality in dreams. Reuben says:
“This album is about love and the inner war that can exist when the heart and mind are torn. It is about family and intergenerational trauma. It is about holding your darkest secrets and truth from the people you love the most – and it is about dreams. Making this album was a journey to find a place where I can live my own truth, where there is a congruency of body and spirit.”
Lead single “All Or Nothing” is an anthem that careens on the boundary of “confidence and complete desperation,” as Reuben describes it. With uncharacteristically personal and literal storytelling, over chiming guitars and rolling drums, Reuben confronts the entanglement of love & family at the heart of the track. He says:
“‘All Or Nothing’ was locked in my head for a long time. When it was finally written, I was left with a feeling of freedom, of letting go. But I am careful not to corner it into a room that is too small. It is simple and universal. It isn’t a love song. It isn’t a protest song. It is an anthem of mine.”
Produced by Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk, Adrianne “AG” Gonzalez, Graham Lessard, with mixing by Matty Green, Arms Of A Dream distills the best of three years of songwriting exploration. This is Reuben at his most empowered – both heartened and broken-hearted – tracking a sound as powerful as the determination within him. With rich lyrical imagery enhanced by intuitive production, Arms Of A Dream is an artwork both definite and enigmatic.
Having recently finished a tour with Serena Ryder, the band will perform a pair of intimate performances in New York and Toronto, bookending a slew of Ontario dates in March. Full tour dates can be found below.
The band’s recent single “Heart In Two” peaked at #16 on Commercial Alternative radio, and has had cross-Canada adds from CBC Radio 2, SiriusXM, Indie88, The Edge, and more. A few of the band’s tracks have also recently been featured in a HBO promo, Glass Castle (Lionsgate), The Originals (CW), and Ray Donovan.
Mar 6 - New York, NY - Rockwood Music Hall
Mar 15 - Peterborough, ON - Market Hall ^
Mar 16 - Orillia, ON - Mariposa Concert Series ^
Mar 20 - London, ON - Rum Runners &
Mar 21 - St. Catharines, ON - Warehouse Concert Hall &
Mar 22 - Windsor, ON - The Phog Lounge &
Mar 23 - Burnstown, ON - Neat Cafe &
Mar 24 - Kingston, ON - The Grad Club &
Mar 28 - Toronto, ON - The Drake Underground
^ Kalle Mattson supporting
& Kandle supporting