In his much-anticipated and latest album focusing on the inequities of life in North America housed in his most musically eclectic collection to date, Canadian artist, songwriter, and producer David Bray releases his new album, Land of Extremes.
The 18-track LP features the newly unveiled single, “Some Day (feat. Lorraine Reid),” and is the final installment in the Toronto-based musician’s ‘Crowded Isolation’ trilogy of three separate releases. Including Land of Extreme’s predecessors — 2016’s Night Rains and 2018’s Crowded Isolation — the project has been in the works for more than a decade and ranges musically from contemporary R&B to Soul, rock, and folk.
As a poet and a storyteller, David Bray’s unique artistic vision has established him as one of Canadian music’s leading songwriters. Approaching his craft more like an author than that of a normal tunesmith, the quality of the words and more traditional concept of literacy enhancing context and story structure are key goals for Bray.
As such, his compelling lyrical flair combined with an ear for musical hooks has been hailed by critics and industry veterans alike. With his work airing on 100+ stations around the world, in addition to online streaming sites, it’s clear Bray never compromises on the superb infectious music which is the bedrock of the collection.
Land of Extremes has multi-JUNO Award-winning and Platinum-selling producer and composer Chris Birkett (Steve Earle, Sinead O’Connor) on board as associate producer and engineer.
Helping flesh out his songs are some of Bray’s illustrious friends — including Bill King (Linda Ronstadt, Pointer Sisters, Martha Reeves, Janis Joplin), Garth Hudson (The Band), Justin Abedin (Jacksoul, Nelly Furtado), Colin Linden (Bruce Cockburn, Bob Dylan), David Bradstreet, John Dymond, Gary Craig (Bruce Cockburn, Jann Arden), Paul Reddick, and The Extreme Horns that are Gene Hardy, Christian Overton, and William Sperandei — as well as Motown legend Bob Babbitt (Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder), who passed away after recording with Bray, plus Bray’s longtime partner and collaborator, Lorraine Reid.
From his early work with Daniel Lanois, Eugene Martynec, and John Capek, to his more recent work with Jeff Healey, Kim Mitchell, Daniel Lanois (U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel), and a host of other all-star musicians — including those who contributed on the album — David Bray has earned his well-deserved reputation.
Land of Extremes — including “Some Day (feat. Lorraine Reid)” — is available now via The Pangaea Music House and Under Duress Music.
// Land of Extremes Tracklisting
1. Who Can You Trust? 4:36
2. I’ll Be Flying 3:10
3. Claustrophobic 3:57
4. What Comes Next 3:16
5. Normal Is 3:36
6. Some Day featuring Lorraine Reid 3:43
7. Overdue featuring Lorraine Reid 3:17
8. Live It Up A Little 3:38
9. Land Of Extremes 3:46
10. Furious World 3:00
11. Only You featuring Lorraine Reid 3:35
12. Under Duress 3:36
13. Speaking As One 3:30
14. So, In Conclusion 3:58
15. Come The Fall 4:37
16. Child Mother 3:11
17. I Don’t Know Why 5:17
18. Nothing Left featuring Lorraine Reid 3:44