Vancouver musician Kele Fleming’s new album The Song I’ll Write For My Whole Life is out now on all digital platforms.
The launch of Kele’s new album follows the release of her new single and video, ‘Sea In Me’, last week. Kele wrote ‘Sea In Me’ after visiting the Giant Pacific Octopus at the Vancouver Aquarium and feeling sad for the octopus, isolated on its own in a small aquarium. The song is full of longing and love and mystery and the importance of connection, which all comes shining through in the music video.
Filmed by videographer R.d. Cane at Spanish Banks in Vancouver, the video was shot during the pandemic and the absence of Kele in the video (except for a brief cameo at the beginning and end) is intentional. R.d. thought it was important to focus the video on the beauty of the place and the sea and how the meaning of the song is connected to the sea.
“A lot of people are hurting right now and they don’t need to see an artist dancing around to her own music,” says Kele. “Give them the beauty of this place and something to take their minds off of everything. Give them something beautiful to look at while they’re taking in the lush complexity of the song.”
Recorded live off the floor at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studio with Juno-recognized engineer and producer, Sheldon Zaharko, Kele Fleming’s 4th album The Song I’ll Write For My Whole Life features songs about the environment, modern dislocation, coming of age as a queer person, and the lives of women.
“My writing often focuses on issues of identity and alienation and broader social issues in the modern age and this album is no different,” says Kele. “When I was writing the album, I was preoccupied with capturing what we may soon lose in the climate emergency, and grieving that loss. It is a call to action and also a beautiful lullaby for a time passing and a way of life that is threatened.”
The Song I’ll Write For My Whole Life is out now on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and all other digital retailers and streaming services worldwide. To celebrate the release of the album, Kele Fleming will be doing an Album Release Live Stream Event on Saturday, November 14th.
The founder of the early 90s Vancouver indie pop band Hazel Motes – which, along with acts like Lava Hay and the Grapes of Wrath, helped define the city’s sound for that era – Kele Fleming writes songs about the environment, modern dislocation, coming of age as a queer person and the lives of women. The 1st single from the new album ‘Vanishing of Bees’, released in 2019, helped to raise money for the David Suzuki Foundations’s Butterflyway Project. A series of singles and music videos released over the summer of 2020 in the lead-up to the full album release.
“My writing for this album is preoccupied with capturing what we may soon lose in the climate emergency, and grieving that loss,” says Kele. “It is a call to action and also a beautiful lullaby for a time passing and a way of life that is threatened.”
Kele Fleming’s new singles and album are available now on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services.