Toronto ‘Post-Everything’ Band Respire Release New Single “Distant Light of Belonging”

A work of obliterating intensity

Respire, the Toronto-based, self-described “post-everything” rock seven-piece has just released their new single “Distant Light of Belonging,” alongside its companion video.

“The video is a look back at the past ten years of Respire,” the group adds, “featuring Mini DV footage captured on tour and in the studio, as well as live performances at venues that range from a basement in Toronto, to a festival in the English countryside, to a rooftop in Mexico City. It truly was a collective effort, featuring footage shot by many of our friends and collaborators, and edited by us; a testament to the fact that community and friendship are the antidote to the alienation and isolation we often feel.”

Respire’s whose music has been described as “a work of obliterating intensity” coupled with “soul-rending emotional delivery,” return with their fourth album, Hiraeth, on July 26 via Dine Alone Records.

“The album serves as a tribute to those who have uprooted their lives and their families in search of hope and a better future,” explains Respire, collectively. “It also serves as a cautionary tale to those who remain complacent, falsely secure in the privileges of their illusory societal positions. Hiraeth is a manifesto of the immigrant experience; a call for all of us to embrace our shared humanity, awaken to the fragility of our existence, and confront the crises we face collectively before it’s too late.”

What do you think of Respire’s new single “Distant Light of Belonging”?

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