Forever – recording project of popstar, poet, and provocateur June Moon – announces Close To The Flame, her new EP out February 14th on Cascine, and shares the lead single, “Make It Happen,” along with a self-directed, self-edited video. “Make It Happen” is driven by a staccato beat, and features a guest verse by Just John. Forever’s ethereal vocals unfurl as she defiantly describes moving on from a past relationship.
Born on a remote island in Canada, June began her musical journey around 2013. After taking a musical hiatus following her father’s death, she met Michael Brock (Mind Bath), who asked her to open for one of his shows, leading to the first Forever show. She relocated to Montréal to pursue her music career and shape her recording persona, releasing her debut self-titled EP in 2016.
Across Close To The Flame, Forever whispers confessions about love and desire with a featherlight touch, refracting pop with glimpses of trip-hop, downtempo, R&B and house productions. It captures both the grandeur and grotesqueries of love and loss — including twisted romance and personal struggle.
The EP was written after June experienced a transformative heartbreak. She set back to work to discover the natural healing power of songwriting, working with her regular music collaborators Brock and Patrick Holland (Project Pablo), and fellow Montreal artists Ouri, Cecile Believe, and David Carriere (TOPS). “I was in a relationship that was killing me, and I had to plan an escape to save my life,” June explains. “The record is haunted by a ghost. I channeled her one night when I was writing because I was so scared to talk about what happened to me; I didn’t know how to tell my story. She came to me and told me to use her story as a channel for my own pain. This release is dedicated to her.”
Forever’s vocals remain her calling card, with a stunning falsetto that imbues a lightness of touch to her shadowy, bass- and synth-heavy production. There’s layer upon layer of passionate vocal hooks, intricate rhythms, and agile productions that flourish in the silver linings of heartache and grief.
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