As we continue our week-long pre-Valentine’s Day focus on some stunning new singles, prepare to be dazzled by this brand-new track from JUNO-Award winning artist, iskwē. Released today, “Night Danger (Lovers Mix),” is a completely reimagined version of the song that closes out her 2019 “acākosīk” album (translates into English as “The Stars”), one that sees the Indigenous singer-songwriter accompanied by Prague’s FILMharmonic Orchestra to perform this tune this time around.
Over the last twelve months, iskwē has channeled her energy into creating art and expanding her professional experiences. You may recall iskwē’s recent duet with Hamilton, ON roots-rocker Tom Wilson, covering “Blue Moon Drive,” which was taken to another level thanks to the addition of horns courtesy of Indigenous jazz trumpeter, Chuck Copenace. The inclusion of an entire world-class orchestra on this latest release raises the bar once again, and provides iskwē with a dramatic, powerful sound to once again elevate both her voice and song to an unprecedented level.
“While I wasn’t physically in the room with the FILMharmonic Orchestra while recording, being able to finally have a long-standing vision of performing and recording with an Orchestra come to life was one of my happiest and most soul-satisfying moments,” iskwē shares. “I can’t fully put in words the sensation it brought, but I felt a sort of bliss and pride like nothing I’ve experienced before.”
“Night Danger (Lovers Mix)” offers the first taste of iskwē’s forthcoming release, “The Stars,” but is the only track to feature the FILMharmonic Orchestra. The other five tracks from “acākosīk” shall be given a similar re-working, and shall see iskwē be accompanied by Michael Shand (piano), Mariel Gonzalez (cello), and Laura C. Bates (violin), captured live-off-the-floor at Revolution Recording in Toronto. Scheduled for release on March 5th, iskwē is excited to share this new, soulful experience with us all.
The British guy that crossed the ocean and crash landed in central Pennsylvania (to quote Greg Keelor, “And I wonder what am I doing here?”). As the youngest of four siblings, exposure to music from a very early age nurtured my passion and appreciation for many musical genres. Continuing to discover some amazingly diverse and talented musicians based in Canada, I gravitate to live music experiences and remain devoted to spreading the word about such a vibrant music scene.