My new remix single – ‘The Great Acceleration (Devours Remix)’ – releases on July 7th, 2023.
With a new music video too! Video premiere is Monday, July 17th at 7:15pm PT –
About the song
This is a love song for end days. Love feels big and important and worth fighting for in this song. The tempo quickens like a heartbeat accelerating. The intensity of the music heats up like an irresistible attraction. The vocal lines intertwine, finally, like lovers.
This song is one of my personal favourites from my last album. I loved recording the vocal lines in this song, and especially enjoyed singing with the strummed bass at the beginning of the song.
In 2019, I was hearing so much about the fires raging around the globe. I was reading and researching about climate science and the anthropocene (the most recent period in Earth’s history when human activity started to have a significant impact on the planet’s climate and ecosystems). I stumbled upon an intriguing concept, the great acceleration. It’s the period, since 1950, of the rapid rate of increase in human activity and technological advancement and it’s impact on the Earth. As progress accelerates, so too does our impact on the Earth’s geology and ecosystems. To me, it’s a metaphor for love. If we can get as carried away by our love of life & one another as we do for technology & the rush for progress, we might have a chance. We have time (but not much) to turn things around.
What’s different now is the degree of acceleration. Everything is speeding up.
What do you get when you mix Mutant DIY Homo Pop with Indie Folk rock? You get my next release that’s what you get. I love Devours’ reimagining of the song and how they’ve transformed it into an end days dance vibe. Perfect for summer Pride celebrations!
Devours’ Artist Statement
I had so much fun remixing ‘The Great Acceleration’. Kele’s lyrics grabbed me immediately – I love what the song is saying, and wanted to put a dramatic, danceable spin on it for summer. Kele’s vocals were so easy to work with – they really work well with a lot of different types of reverb and FX. I’ve been pushing my production into more experimental territory this past while, so it was a great opportunity to combine some new elements of sound design with my traditional synths and pop production.
Devours self describes their music as Mutant DIY Homo Pop. The sound of a gay DIY punk channeling his love for Slipknot, Britney Spears, and vintage Nintendo themes into fiery, confessional bedroom electro pop anthems.
Remixed and produced by Devours
Original vocal – Recorded by Sheldon Zaharko (Zed Productions) at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studios, June 2019.
Instrumentation – Devours
Mastered by Devours
Single cover – Laforest Creative
Here’s what videographer John Flatman had to say about the making of the music video…
This video was lots of fun to make! Kele had the idea of featuring a car for this and I was thrilled to suggest my uncle Trevor’s beautiful green hot rod (which he built himself!). As a bonus, he was able to be in the video as well alongside Rebecca Dale, who was featured in the previous video I made for Kele for ‘Carrier Hotel’. As with the original version of ‘The Great Acceleration’, I wanted the remix video to show trees and nature alongside images of city development and the machinery that moves us through it. The characters are travelling through the forest and ultimately to a vista overlook of the rapidly changing city. I managed to get some shots of a flock of birds above a construction site one evening, which I felt was a powerful final image showing nature scrambling to recollect itself after being dug up and replaced by steel and concrete. As with the previous videos I’ve made for Kele, I wanted to leave lots of open interpretation room for the viewer to draw creative conclusions of what the video is portraying.