Reuben and the Dark’s un | love opens a breathtakingly honest window into one of the most dramatic times in frontman Reuben Bullock’s life. The spirited Canadian folk-rock outfit’s third album tells Reuben’s story of endings and hope for the future. un | love is a bare, cathartic exploration of life’s crossroads: a heartrending yet free-spirited collection that explores the fateful depths that await us there.
“This record is an undoing,” says Bullock. “An unraveling of the things that were closest to me.” un | love is about that absence, a void that Reuben fills with captivating poetry and vivid sound. On the eleven soul-searching songs of un | love, Reuben and his band take the listener along on an impassioned escapade of the heart – the result is Reuben and the Dark’s most intimate work to date.
Written over the winter of 2019 between the opposite climes of Montréal, Québec, and Sayulita, Mexico, un | love came together swiftly on the heels of the band’s 2018 album, Arms of a Dream. In comparison to the hard-wrought and polished songs of Arms of a Dream, the new album shows a drastic turn in Reuben’s ease as a writer and freedom as a recording artist. Penned largely in the studio, un | love bares the raw emotion in Reuben’s words, articulated with the spacious, intuitive sonics of his band. The result of this collaboration is Reuben and the Dark’s most tense yet harmonious album to date, with a dynamic palette that suggests the levity of a passing storm.
This is perhaps no more clearly evident than on the first single, “faultline,” where an infectious chorus bursts through the layers of tension with rays of clarity. Over an anthemic melody of chiming guitar and rolling highwayscapes, Reuben offers a foretelling admission: “I’m not looking for trouble, but trouble is on it’s way. It’s a faultline on this map of mine.”
“It feels like a reflective song,” says Reuben. “Driving on the highway late at night. Looking back over your life. The plans you made. And the way those plans can change. Driving while your passenger sleeps beside you. It’s about trust and self-destruction. Feeling power and a lack of control.”
Produced by Reuben and the Dark with Marcus Paquin (The National, Timber Timbre, Local Natives) and Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene), un | love mines this raw, unfettered emotion from within Bullock. By letting his expectations go and inviting spontaneity in, so fell away the emotional constraints. For that, Reuben’s voice on un | love is at once unbridled and fallible. Through his dense imagery, perhaps for the first time truly, shines a clear light, shot straight from Reuben’s weighted soul – wide open, blown away, untangling the pain.
“I want to die by the river, see the sun rise up like a fire through the trees.”
REUBEN AND THE DARK
ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
UN | LOVE
OUT OCTOBER 25 ON ARTS & CRAFTS
RELEASES FIRST NEW SINGLE “FAULTLINE”
PERFORMING AT AMERICANAFEST SEPTEMBER 13
September 9,2019 – Today, Reuben and the Dark, the Montreal- based alt-folk outfit helmed by frontman Reuben Bullock, announces a new full length album titled un | love, set for release on October 25 via Arts & Crafts. As part of the announcement, they share the first new song “faultline” – and intimate portrait of internal struggle and soul- searching caught, between past and future. Reuben explains:
“It feels like a reflective song. Driving on the highway late at night. Looking back over your life. The plans you made. And the way those plans can change. Driving while your passenger sleeps beside you. It’s about trust and self-destruction. Feeling power and, simultaneously, a lack of control.”
“faultline” was one of the earliest songs written for this album. The demo was recorded during the band’s first sessions in Sayulita, Mexico, and like much of the album, findsReuben writing with greater spontaneity and in closer collaboration with his band. By the time they brought the song back to the icy Montreal winter, “faultline” had evolved into a simple, yet contemplative driving song that bursts with unencumbered emotion.
The chorus, one of Reuben’s most memorable lyrics to date, breaks through the verses’ tension with rays of clarity. Over an anthemic melody of chiming guitar and scenes of rolling highways, he offers a foretelling admission, singing: “I’m not looking for trouble, but trouble is on its way. It’s a faultline on this map of mine.”
un | love, is Reuben’s most honest and captivating album to date, opening a window into one of the most dramatic times in Bullock’s life. The spirited Canadian band’s third record – following 2018’s Arms of a Dream, and 2014’s debut Funeral Sky – tells Reuben’s story of endings and hope for the future. The forthcoming collection is a bare, cathartic exploration of life’s undeniable crossroads, and the fateful depths that await there.
Produced by Reuben and the Dark with Marcus Paquin (The National, Timber Timbre, Local Natives) and Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene), un | love evokes the raw emotion of the songs with anthemic, atmospheric sound. In comparison to the polished songs of Arms of a Dream, the new album shows a drastic turn in Reuben’s ease as a writer and freedom as a recording artist. His voice is at once unbridled and fallible. Through the dense imagery of his poetry shines a light shot straight from Reuben’s soul in a natural way unlike any time before.
Reuben and the Dark performs at AmericanaFest on September 13 at City Winery Lounge, and will be touring North America and Europe in 2020. The band has shared stages with the likes of Vance Joy, Serena Ryder, The Strumbellas, Boy & Bear, The Paper Kites. Reuben and the Dark’s music has been heard in Handmaid’s Tale, The Highwaymen, A Million Little Things, American Gods, Grey’s Anatomy, Ray Donovan and more.
For more information visit reubenandthedark.com and connect with Reuben on social media.
UN | LOVE TRACKLIST
3. welcome home
9.outrun the rain
Sep 13 – Nashville TN – City Winery Lounge (AmericanaFest)
Oct 16 – Penticton BC – Dream Cafe
Oct 18- Banff AB – Banff Centre
Oct 19 – Banff AB – Banff Centre
Oct 22 -Red Deer AB – Bo’s
Oct 23 – Jasper AB – Jasper Legion
Oct 25 – Camrose AB – Bailey Theatre
Oct- 26 Moose Jaw SK – Mae Wilson Theatre
Oct 28- Invermere BC – Pynelogs Cultural Centre
Oct 29 – St. Albert AB – Arden Theatre
Feb 13 – Paris ON – Dominion Telegraph
Feb 25 -Swift Current Sk – Lyric Theatre