Last year, the up-and-coming Black Belt Eagle Scout (Katherine Paul) signed to Saddle Creek Records to re-release her phenomenal debut album Mother Of My Children. That LP originally came out back in 2017, but it was last year’s wider release that saw Paul’s profile rise a bit higher. And for good reason, as it’s one of the most self-assured, confident, and overall engaging debuts you’re likely to hear in a while.
Theoretically, a new album might be on the way soon, but before we get there Black Belt Eagle Scout is here with the announcement of a 7” single. It’ll feature two brand new songs, “Loss & Relax” and “Half Colored Hair.” In addition to the announcement, she’s gone ahead and shared the a-side “Loss & Relax” now. The new track does date back to the Mother Of My Children sessions, but has since evolved into this new recording. It starts off with melodic, slow moving ease before erupting into a blistering climax of swirling guitar.
Speaking about the new track, Katherine Paul says:
“As I was writing the guitar line, I kept seeing the water of the Salish Sea and the local ferries drifting people in and out of place. Ferries are such a beautiful part of my childhood and served as a major form of transportation. Thinking about my home and how canoes have turned into ferries is a sad, but also beautiful thought. Nowadays with Canoe Journeys, canoes are alongside ferries, roaming our waters to lands, sharing customs and culture. That is what I think about now when I listen to the fully recorded version of the song. I see a strong and fierce community of my people continuing to thrive in whatever comes our way. That is how I feel about myself, a survivor and thriver of this land, a water protector, a womxn, the future.”
Check out the official video for “Loss & Relax” below.
The new 7” single is out April 26 via Saddle Creek. Pre-order it here.
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