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Big Black Delta

June 12, 2020

Big Black Delta Shares “Canary” Video Via NME | 4 Out July 10th Pre-Order Available Now

LISTEN/WATCH & SHARE: Big Black Delta – “Canary” 

LISTEN/WATCH & SHARE: Big Black Delta – “Lord Only Knows”

LISTEN & SHARE: Big Black Delta “Summoner” Remixes

LISTEN/WATCH & SHARE: Big Black Delta – “Summoner”

“Bates is releasing all the colors of his musical spectrum on upcoming album 4. Each track is a completely different beast and something organically weaved by Bates’ own visions of what the songs should be.”
-American Songwriter

““Lord Only Knows” which thunders in like an ’80s hard rock / metal track — big riff, bigger drums — before blending in an ethereal, orchestral soft rock. Or, as Bates puts it, “it starts like Whitesnake and ends like Liberace.”
-BrooklynVegan

“The track is a deliriously catchy mass of electronic rhythms and pop hooks, developing into an inspired techno romp over the course of its 6-minute runtime. A song destined to whir around in your head for days, it has clearly left a sizable impression on some of his fellow musicians.”
-Beats Per Minute

“The video is a haunting assemblage of vignettes that mimic found-footage or a homemade piece of film that documents a phantasmal journey to the desert before exploding into a occult ceremony replete with choreography, and giant laughing faces in the sky. The track itself fuses the buoyancy of techno-pop with blurry artifacts and plenty of grime, creating hooks from chaos.”
-Under The Radar

Big Black Delta (Jonathan Bates) has shared the latest video “Canary” off of his upcoming LP, 4. An explosive synth heavy track, “Canary” is filled with electronically fluid sounds creating a dream-like state. “Canary” offers yet another completely different style compared to the past singles of 4. These disparate sounds from Bates offer yet another glimpse into the unparalleled capacity Bates holds as an artist. The video for “Canary” premiered exclusively with NME.

The song was inspired by Bates’ synesthesia, “In elementary school in Miami, all the kids would meet on the playground before school started.  Groups of mostly girls, and a few brave boys, would do stomp/clap routines and compete with each other. Even then when I closed my eyes I saw crazy lights, colors, and shapes to their routines. Now that I’m older and have the ability, I made a song that does that times a million. With headphones, if I could show what I see, you’d get sunburned. In Sammy Hagar terms.” – Jon/BBD

Last month he announced the release of his newest LP, 4, out July 10th which is available for pre-order here.

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4 – TRACKLISTING

01. Lord Only Knows
02. Vessel
03. Politics Of Living
04. Summoner
05. Ballad Of The Co-Dependent
06. Sunday
07. Heaven Here I Come
08. Canary
09. White Lies
10. Killing Me
11. Air Conditioned Dork
12. Yes

Big Black Delta Bio:

In Jonathan Bates’ decade of developing widescreen ideas in Big Black Delta, one fact has been irrefutable.

“All of us suffer from the same insecurities,” says the Venezuelan singer/multi-instrumentalist. “All of us. Successful, not successful; none of us knows what we’re doing. The real shit is in lowering one’s defenses, so music can flow out freely and imperfectly.”

Weathering the twists and turns of this mortal coil ain’t easy. It’s a constant battle, something you have to work on and respond to regularly without losing sight of what’s really important.

Bates found this out the hard way four years ago, when his father/best friend died and bad news became a daily occurrence — loss as a way of life. “I just cracked,” he explains. “I was engaged to be married, but that relationship ended partially because I was drinking a bottle and a half of Jameson a day. I’m naturally a skinny guy, but I ended up looking like the alien in Mac and Me. Honestly, I just wanted to die for about three years straight.”

The longtime Mellowdrone frontman/M83 collaborator is quick to clarify he’s not kidding. There came a point in the past four years where Bates felt he’d either have to fix his situation or end it. And the only way he was gonna move forward — healthier and happier than he’d ever been — was by giving up drinking entirely, DTs be damned.

“I was chemically dependent on alcohol,” explains Bates. “If I didn’t get lit, I would shake uncontrollably and couldn’t speak correctly. I should have been on Benzos but didn’t have health insurance, so I did it American-style. I later realized my father and his father once had the same problem.”

With a close friend (Cyrus Makarechian of the LA band Black Line) willing to let him detox in a safe, private space, Bates put his creative pursuits on hold and “went to a therapist who helped save my life. She insisted that happiness — not bliss — and resilience exist. And she was right; I found a new version of gratefulness I had never physically experienced before and finally learned how to be kind to myself.”

Part of that healing process meant scrapping an entire solo effort Bates had recorded during his darkest period. Mostly because he wants Big Black Delta to help other people find hope, not encourage a never-ending cycle of negativity and pain.

“I can’t stay in one ‘genre’ because that makes life impossibly boring. I’d rather be honest with myself, and if that can be of service to you, then I’m happy as a pig in shit.”

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