EKKSTACY Announces Self-Titled Album With Thrilling Double Release
Photo: Jason Nocito
Vancouver artist EKKSTACY celebrates the announcement of his new self-titled album with a special double single release. Both new songs, "bella" and "i can't find anyone," delve further into the meticulous and dynamic new direction EKKSTACY is taking his music.
On the first single, "bella," amid a collection of warm, brooding instrumentals, he describes a mysterious girl who has captured his heart at first sight. His enigmatic vocals weave in and out of the bouncy surf and garage rock-infused amalgamation seamlessly, drawing listeners in and investing them in the story he has so carefully crafted.
The second track, "i can't find anyone," juxtaposes the brighter and bouncier sounds of "bella" with a dramatic shift in tone and sonics that mirror the feeling of spiraling into a pit of despair. Surrounded by persistent percussion patterns and gnawing guitar riffs, EKKSTACY reflects on how haunted he feels and laments how he "can't find anyone."
The upcoming record, out January 19, will follow up the artist's sensational 2022 album Misery. According to a press statement, "the album is an autobiographical reflection on [EKKSTACY's] life as a musician and the highs and lows of the solitude that comes with creating art and touring."
This past summer, EKKSTACY embarked on a summer European tour, including performances at Reading and Leeds, playing shows that brought his post-punk, dream-pop, and indie blend to global audiences. Next month, he'll be back in Europe touring alongside Bakar, with a run of dates including shows in Glasgow, Paris, and London.
Listen to "bella / i can't find anyone" below: