Loving release shimmering new single "No Mast"

Loving release shimmering new single "No Mast"

British Columbia-based band Loving today released “No Mast,” the breezy and shimmering third single previewing their forthcoming album Any Light, due out on February 9th. The duo Jesse Henderson and David Parry here present a searching and sweetly hopeful love song informed by Henderson’s reading of James Hollis’ The Eden Project: In Search of the Magical Other“I found this book all beat up and tucked under the couch in the studio,” explains Henderson. “It offers an insightful critique of romantic love and the psychological forces that shape the way we love, or fail to. I guess the song just stumbled along afterwards as kind of a reflection on it.”

“No Mast” follows the album’s ethereal and hypnotically lilting lead single, “Medicine,” and album closer “Blue,” both with a combined 500K+ streams and playlist support from Spotify (All New Indie, Front Page Indie, Fresh Folk, etc), Apple Music (Indie + Chill, New In Indie, etc), plus attention from Brooklyn Vegan, Clash, Exclaim!, SiriusXMU + The Loft, and BBC 6Music, among others. 

****Any Light is available for pre-order here

Loving, who supported Alice Phoebe Lou in Europe last fall, are set to launch an extensive North American headlining tour on February 23rd. The tour includes stops at LA’s The Regent on March 2nd and NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge on March 21st. A full itinerary is listed below and tickets are on-sale now. 

On Any Light, Loving share a batch of songs born from moments of serendipitous inspiration: a spontaneously composed poem, a long-forgotten voice memo, an uncannily pertinent book unearthed in their studio space. Henderson and Parry brought these songs to life by surrendering to a prolonged process of free-flowing experimentation, often dreaming up several entirely distinct iterations of a track before deciding on a final version. Through all that unhurried exploration, Loving arrived at a body of work that invites a similar sense of charmed receptivity, even as its songs examine such complex matters as romantic love, depression, existential uncertainty, and the psychic consequences of living in an increasingly digitized world. “When I looked at all of these songs together, I realized that the concept of light was threaded throughout the album,” explains Henderson. “For me light signifies awareness or insight, which ties into how many of these songs document a shift in perspective.”

Any Light took shape at Risque Disque studio on Vancouver Island, with Loving greatly expanding their musical vocabulary and repertoire. The album encompasses a far more elaborate sound than its predecessor, layering its lush arrangements with trumpet, timpani, vibraphone, strings, and organ—all new territory for the band. Despite diverging from the finespun indie-folk of their past work, Loving imbue every song with the poetic introspection first shown on their 2016 debut EP, as well as the disarmingly warm presence they’ve brought to stages around the world.

Although Henderson and Parry handled most of Any Light’s instrumentation on their own—with Henderson playing piano, Wurlitzer, guitar, and organ and Parry’s contributions including guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and additional keys—Loving also shaped the album’s richly detailed tracks with the help of several musician-friends, including singer/songwriter Evan Cheadle on guitar, multi-instrumentalist Colin Nealis on strings, and Keenan Mittag-Degala on percussion. 

Loving Tour Dates:

02/23/24 - Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern ^

02/24/24 - Portland, OR - Polaris Hall ^

02/26/24 - Sacramento, CA - Hawlow’s ^ 

02/27/24 - San Francisco, CA - August Hall ^ 

02/28/24 - San Jose, CA - The Ritz ^

03/02/24 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent ^ 

03/04/24 - San Diego, CA - Belly Up ^

03/05/24 - Phoenix, AZ - Valley Bar ^

03/06/24 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace ^ 

03/08/24 - Austin, TX - Far Out ^

03/09/24 - Dallas, TX - Tulips ^

03/15/24 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft ^

03/16/24 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle ^ 

03/17/24 - Richmond, VA - Richmond Music Hall ^

03/19/24 - Washington, DC - DC9 ^

03/20/24 - Philadelphia, PA - PhilaMOCA ^

03/21/24 - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge ^

03/22/24 - Boston, MA - Armory ^

03/23/24 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques ^

03/25/24 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern ^

03/26/24 - Detroit, MI - Pike Room ^

03/27/24 - Chicago, IL - Schubas ^

03/28/24 - Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club ^

03/29/24 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club ^

03/30/24 - Des Moines, IA - xBk ^

04/01/24 - Denver, CO - Meow Wolf ^

04/03/24 - Salt Lake City, UT - Soundwell ^

04/04/24 - Boise, ID - Neurolux ^

04/06/24 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre ^

^/ Fog Lake supporting