Canadian songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist Mitch Davis recently announced his new album The Haunt, out April 29th via Arbutus Records.
Along with the news of his debut album he also released the album’s first single titled “Let It Die.” Today he is sharing another brilliant single titled “My City Life” is about using dating apps during the panic. The song also comes with a Phil Osborne-directed video.
Davis tells us “”My City Life” was kinda meant to be a melodramatic joke as-in “my shitty life”. I wrote the song in one sitting which is really rare for me; I wouldn’t let myself leave that cold studio room until it was finished! It’s a bit of an ode to using dating apps through a pandemic.. trying to find cracks of sunlight in state-enforced isolation. But then getting more realistic in the 2nd verse, it’s about giving up the notion entirely before your “heart begins to freeze”, as you start closing yourself off to others and building barriers which remain long beyond their initial purpose.”
The Haunt is a breezy, upbeat listen, very much in tune with the spirit of 70s pop that Davis loves for the way it strikes a balance between complexity and brevity. These are composed, layered songs made with care, but also made to make you smile. Not only fun for the listener, The Haunt sounds like it was fun to make—and it was. ”As soon as I start working on something, I don’t get tired. I can’t,” says Davis. “It’s like I get drunk on the music or something.” Yet the record is also very personal, pondering over the ways memories, both good and bad, can continue to linger long after the people and things that inspired them have disappeared into the ether—thus the title of The Haunt.
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