Singer-songwriter Alex Nunes from Toronto, Ontario, renowned for his ability to craft gentle folk music that touches the soul, is proud to announce the release of his new single, “Fear Of Being Erased.” This reflective and melancholic track delves into life’s impermanence, inviting listeners on a journey of contemplation and self-discovery.
Thanks to Toronto’s vibrant musical landscape, Nunes has carved a niche for himself with his profound ability to resonate deeply with his audience. Blending heartfelt storytelling with rich folk stylings, he captures emotions that linger in the hearts of listeners long after the music ends. Guided by an artistic philosophy that emphasises the transformative power of emotions, Nunes uses his unique voice and a variety of instruments to weave intricate harmonies. His compositions are not merely songs, but gateways to emotional landscapes, where listeners can explore themes of grief, transience, and the captivating beauty of life.
“Fear Of Being Erased” is the latest result of Nunes’s decade-long dedication to songwriting and performing. Inspired by the winter of 2017, the track began to take shape in the basement of his childhood home in Ajax, Ontario. Immersed in the study of music production and audio engineering, Nunes recorded the first versions of this piece, laying the foundation for an introspective musical journey. Collaboration has been critical to the song’s evolution. Producer Jonathan Sloan and horn player Bruce MacKinnon added their expertise, infusing the track with an ethereal and haunting quality. Alfio Anibalinni, a college professor and mix engineer, lent his skills to refine further the sonic tapestry of “Fear Of Being Erased.”
The song starts gently, with simple guitars and Nunes bell-like voice, with MacKinnon’s soundscaping horn section dancing around and complimenting Nune’s melodies. At the two-third mark, the song takes an unexpected turn, with electric guitars, bass, and drums coming in. This allows us to appreciate the fragile and sad nature of the song’s first section.
Nunes’s personal experiences underline the song’s depth, “The passing of my brother, Dominic magnified the urgency behind the release of “Fear Of Being Erased.” This personal tragedy intensified my connection to the themes of the fleeting yet beautiful nature of life.”
He goes on to say, “At its core, “Fear Of Being Erased” serves as a poignant reminder to myself and, hopefully, to all who lend their ears, of the importance of contemplating our mortality so that we may find a deeper connection to what our lives truly mean to us.”
In its thematic resonance and evocative melodies, “Fear Of Being Erased” has drawn comparisons to the works of revered artists like Phosphorescent, Bonnie’ Prince’ Billy, and Songs: Ohia. Nune’s folk-inspired soundscape and introspective lyricism evoke a similar emotive quality found in the Magnolia Electric Co. album.
Lyrically it’s retrospective and poignant, with Nunes able to easily create a sense of feeling around the track.
‘When everything you love disintegrates
When everything you want evaporates
When you’re a spec afloat in outer space
Is that the fear you have of being erased?’
Nunes’s musical journey is not just an artistic endeavour; it’s a form of therapy, a means of connecting with his own emotions, and a channel for communicating the ineffable. With “Fear Of Being Erased,” he aims to forge that connection with audiences, inviting them to contemplate their place in the universe and the beauty that can be found in life’s fleeting moments.