Now that I’ve been inducted into the Devin Townsend cult through Educate Ebony (episode 2 here), I’m way more interested to see what else Devin has been up to. And lo and behold, he’s just dropped the first single from his forthcoming new album Lightwork! It’s due out on the 28th October, 2022 via Inside Out Music/Sony Music Australia.
‘Moonpeople’ is the album’s opening track, and arrives with a video filmed by Devin himself while he was in Spain earlier this year. Featuring some lovely scenery and his daughter, the music video is the first in a three-part series of clips. The song itself highlights Heavy Devvy‘s vocals and follows a steady beat as the music floats light as air.
For Lightwork, Devin decided to see what would happen if he included a producer (an experiment he has been excited to attempt for some time) to help guide this selection of material. He explains:
“In essence, Lightwork is a bit more of a ‘song’ oriented album. A bit more direct and simpler than a lot of what I’ve been doing lately. After Empath and The Puzzle, things kind of swung back in the direction of more traditional arrangements for Lightwork. Lyrically, It kind of hints at the struggles of the last few years but with an eye on putting the pieces back together again.”
On the first single, he further dives in:
We chose Moonpeople as the first of three video releases from this project, The three videos share a theme, so I think that’ll work. Moonpeople is the first song on Lightwork and acts as a sort of mission statement for the album. Post-pandemic… kids are now teens… 50 years old, who am I now? Beyond any platitudes or delusions, who am I now that the smoke is clearing and what do I want to do, and who do I want to be, moving forward?
The term ‘Moonpeople’ in my mind, refers to those in society that kind of ‘watch’ things rather than being directly involved in it. Maybe the Moonpeople are more introverted rather than extroverted? In any case, it functions as a song on the album that will set the stage for the dynamic nature of the material that follows it.
So here you go. Song one.”
The album artwork is below, along with the new song/video and more info is inbound over the next few months!
Written by Ebony Story
Pre-Order Lightwork here
Devin Townsend – Lightwork tracklisting