Nashville based indie-rock trio Coyote Choir have just premiered their debut single, “Sing!” The track is a soaring anthem of empowerment that beckons the listener to realize the potential of their own voice. East of 8th, who premiered the track, called the song, “a sincere, pop-driven anthem meant to inspire.” The band also commented on the meaning behind the uplifting track:
“We often have a song named before it is written,” the band says. “‘SING!’ was named on a morning when we were getting together to write. Mathew brought over a bag of Sing Tea from a place called High Garden in East Nashville. We loved it! He said, ‘Man, do we need to write a song called ‘SING!’? We wrote it for someone close to us who has a beautiful voice but went through a season of quietness. She had lost her desire to sing. The song is an encouragement and reminder to us and, hopefully to all who hear, to use the gifts you’ve been given to inspire others. The message is clear: whatever stole your voice, take it back.”
“Sing!” is featured on Coyote Choir’s forthcoming debut full-length, Vol. 1, which will see a release on November 2nd. The album is a spirited mix of indie rock, americana, and folk, blending the spirit of The War on Drugs and Ryan Adams with the nostalgic 80’s sheen of acts like Dire Straits and Traveling Wilburys.
With producer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Causey in tow, Coyote Choir have crafted a sound at once new and familiar. Vol. 1 is a savvy blend of dazzling programming and production, vintage synthesizers, and jangly, Heartbreakers-inspired guitar. A connection over childhood cultural artifacts was a major part of the creative process, with writing sessions often taking long detours into discussions of old movies and 80’s sitcoms. “There was no pressure to do anything—just this joy of connecting over all these things we love,” recalls vocalist Jason Watkins.
“Keep the heart high.” For Coyote Choir, this is less a mission statement than it is a summary of their experience. Brothers Jason and Paul Watkins (vocals and bass respectively) and drummer Mathew Linton bonded over a mutual case of musical burnout. Their collective journey of reclaiming the joy results in their debut, Volume 1. It is a sound both new and familiar—think Brandon Flowers meets Traveling Wilburys—combining smart pop songcraft with gorgeous soundscapes. Songs like “Awakenings,” “Rainbows,” and “Sing!” declare the arrival of a new spirit of creation, and invite the listener to take back their joy from whatever or whoever stole it. In an age of cynicism and self-indulgence, Coyote Choir bellows a message as urgent as it is infectious. We’ve never needed it more.