Vancouver musician Kele Fleming didn’t plan to release her new single ‘Compassion Machine’ in the middle of a global pandemic but the subject matter of the song now seems eerily fitting for these disconnected times.
Officially released May 22nd following its premiere on Aesthetic Magazine, ‘Compassion Machine’ is the 2nd single to be released from Kele’s 4th solo album ‘The Song I’ll Write For My Whole Life’ which will be out on October 2nd. Kele wrote ‘Compassion Machine’ using language that describes how we connect to our technology of choice and the ways in which we attempt to connect with ourselves.
“‘Compassion Machine’ is a series of metaphors, and an anthem, for how we seek connection through technology, and, at the same time, what that technology does to us as we seek connection through it,” says Kele. “Each one of us has a compassion machine. It may take many forms – a religion or faith, a cell phone, a video game, a bottle of wine, a show to binge-watch on Netflix. The compassion machine is a salve to the day-to-day grind and helps numb out the pain of disconnection in the modern age.”
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.
“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 single ‘Compassion Machine’ is available now on Spotify, Apple Music/iTunes, and other digital retailers and streaming services.