“...moody, sweetly impeccable gem” - NPR (on “Half Past Nine”)
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“Wish we could say this was the first time we nearly got hyperthermia for a Close Talker video, but that would be a lie,” says Chris Morien of the new video for “Half Past Nine” which NPR calls a “moody, sweetly impeccable gem”. “We seem to have made it a habit to shoot videos in the freezing cold and this video, although beautiful, was borderline foolish.” Captured by Ben Giesbrecht, the video was filmed on the Vancouver Island where the band had been surfing the day before. “The beach was vacant because it was too cold for the locals, so we thought we’d seize the moment and film a video that is cyclical in nature, beginning and ending in the freezing cold ocean. The video includes themes of chasing moments or feelings from the past, only to recognize that you’ll always be chasing if you don’t stop and enjoy the simple and often overlooked beauty around you.”
“Half Past Nine”, the first new music from Saskatoon’s Close Talker single since the release of Lens (2017), marks a new chapter for the band. The three members, Will Quiring, Matthew Kopperud, and Chris Morien, leaned into the trust and foundation built over many years of friendship to pursue a song that would be sustainable. At its core, the song is laced with a quiet confidence that invites the listener dig in, finding new appreciation with each spin. It’s a song the band wrote for themselves, about a night they will never forget, in hopes that the song would carry the same meaning in ten years, as it does today.
Close Talker, now more than ever, is interested in music that is timeless – music that won’t force the listener into feeling a certain way. To achieve this, the band approached “Half Past Nine” following a code of instincts and honesty, including a list of ten commandments by which each decision was filtered through. The song paves the way for more new music in the near future and is a testament to the band’s integrity and desire to produce music that is original and pure.
Beyond Close Talker’s recordings and videos, the music comes to life with the band’s iconic live show, leaving audiences around the world satisfied, having left all inhibitions behind. Having recently completed a successful run to SXSW, Close Talker will be on the road this summer in North America and Europe. Current tour dates can be found below with more dates to be announced shortly.