A Poison Cup,” the new video from Joshua Winstead’s latest release, MMXX, premieres via Impose, who note, “The Metric bassist delves into the modern pop consciousness that bridges the twentieth century song composition methods with a twenty-first century lens that leads emotion-guided music into the expanses of the current era.” See the post HERE and share HERE. Of the track, Winstead says, “The song…was inspired by my relationship with my wife. It is rare that we find someone who can truly bring out our better side. While the song is not directly about us, her presence in my life helped me to envision how this dynamic can be a powerful influence and without it how many people’s lives spiral out of control.”

Winstead’s solo debut record, MMXX, is now out on Royal Cut Records. The Pay-What-You-Want, 11-track album can be purchased at Previous premieres for the track “Games” and the video for “One Heart” are available on Glide and PopMatters, respectively.

After more than a decade playing bass with Metric, and contributing to all six of their critically acclaimed albums, Winstead set out to record his first proper solo music with a desire to “just try to establish my own voice.”  He notes, his desire to make a solo record “stemmed from writing all these very personal songs and served as a way to connect with his lifelong love of singing.”

“I grew up singing and I played in a number of rock bands where I was always a singer/guitar player.  I realized that I really missed singing, and knew it was time to make an album.”

Primarily recorded at Brooklyn’s Mission Sound, as well as studios across the world while on tour with Metric, each of the tracks was written and produced by Winstead, with the exception of some live drums, the multi-instrumentalist made the record entirely on his own, recording all the vocals, playing piano, guitar, bass, synthesizers, harmonium, and trumpet.

Winstead says that “while the record is largely concerned with matters of the heart, there is also a deep political component to MMXX.”  He explains, “MM stands for Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., while the two X’s have a double meaning representing love and death. These two men loved you in different ways and fought for you in different ways, and they essentially died for the same reasons. Growing up as a biracial person, it was a deep and difficult thing to figure out what it means to be both black and white. The record among other things has a lot to do with coming to terms with racism and generally being an empathetic person.” MMXX is a record about love and overcoming fears.

MMXX Track listing

1.  One Heart

2.  Beautiful Prison

3.  A Poison Cup

4. Games

5.  What’s What

6.  Frozen Lakes

7.  The Streets

8.  Cold Battle

9.  The Time It Takes

10.  Here We Are

11.  Complications

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