La Force, the breakout solo project of Broken Social Scene vocalist Ariel Engle, will release her self-titled, debut album on September 7, 2018 via Arts & Crafts. With production from Charles Spearin of Broken Social Scene/Do Make Say Think, Warren Spicer from Plants & Animals, and Nyles Spencer, the album also features playing from members of Broken Social Scene, Apostle of Hustle, Suuns, and The Barr Brothers. Following gorgeously fantastic singles “Lucky One” and “You Amaze Me,” La Force also shares another taste of the album today in the form of “Ready To Run,” which can be heard HERE. “Ready To Run” is a scrappy taunt: an auspicious fantasy about the disenfranchised rising up – one that feels more urgent yet distant with every recent day. In Engle’s words:
“This is a song about the refugee crisis and the politicians who claim moral superiority while doing nothing to help their fellow humans. The crisis is biblical in scope and yet even self-avowed christian politicians are not moved by compassion. What does it take?”
In addition to the new song, La Force is thrilled to announce she will be playing select shows in the U.S. and Europe this fall, including dates opening for Feist. All tour dates are below.
Engle has emerged to the forefront of the Broken Social Scene collective via the band’s acclaimed 2017 album Hug Of Thunder, lending softly commanding lead vocals to the oblique anthem “Stay Happy” and the soaring “Gonna Get Better.” Stepping up to the role first helmed by the immeasurable talents Leslie Feist, Emily Haines (Metric), and Amy Millan (Stars), Engle brings La Force’s singularity to the familial energy of Broken Social Scene.
But before she was an integral voice in the Scene, Engle was a child of the world, having been raised across China, Indonesia, Scotland, returning to her home city of Montreal each time. She’s been a music aficionado, the result of having a mother who worked in a vinyl store and created a literal ten foot tall wall of albums in their home with sounds from all over the globe, many of whose disparate influences you can hear all over La Force. She’s been a performer of experimental music, singing with artists such as Silver Mt. Zion and Sam Shalabi while also singing backup for the likes of Martha Wainwright. It was when she began touring with Broken Social Scene in 2010, however, that Engle found the road to her next place: La Force.
Borrowing her identity from the tarot card representing Strength – depicting a woman with gentle dominance over a lion – ‘La Force’ captures the tender / powerful essence of the music. Her debut as La Force is an artistic statement of individuality and pluralism: an ode to the self, and to the loss of self: a reverential howl to the all-knowing unknown; a succumbing to the force that vibrates us all. The songs on La Force sprang out of literal life and death — Engle became a mother for the first time while her own father was dying, forcing a reckoning for Engle with her own identity. Where she had always been a daughter, she was now a mother; where she had always had a parent, she now was the parent. For Engle, this moment manifested as both a total crisis and total fulfillment at the same time.
That dual energy is heard throughout La Force, a constellation of nine enchanting songs, dark and glinting. The album is a beautiful balance of analog and synthetic sound, driven by Engle’s emotion and spirituality at its core while she grapples with the new realities before her, and the inability to control any of them. Indeed, the album creates a dusky universe of godless devotional music that comes straight from the beating heart.