Badge Époque Ensemble Release New Single/Video, “Unity (It’s Up To You)” Ft. James Baley

Toronto’s Badge Époque Ensemble release a new single, “Unity (It’s Up To You)” Feat. James Baley, alongside the track’s incredible claymation video. Taken from their forthcoming album, Self Help (out November 20th on Telephone Explosion Records), the soul shimmer of “Unity (It’s Up to You)” lets the players pool their R&B chops into something fluid and serpentine while, on guest vocals, the musical performance artist Baley issues urgent declaratives.
The appeal of writing a song about ‘unity’ is its slipperiness as a concept,” says Maximilian Turnbull. “It can be used as a dividing line, giving form to the particularity of things defined in opposition of one another, or we may zoom out wide enough to find all matter and all energy under its purview. It is a word which requires a frame. A recorded song is sympathetically flexible in its compression. We can single out a lead vocalist (easy to do on this song with returning BÉE guest, the incomparable James Baley) or soloist (guitar from Chris Bezant), or, as I am inclined, we can choose to hear the song as one sound. As the song says, it’s up to you.
The video, directed by Alex Kingsmill, presents a distinct narrative through a mix of elaborate claymation. Kingsmill was largely inspired by the visual language of “The Midnight Gospel,”  Jan Švankmajer, and the comic absurdity of Monty Python. “’Unity’ is an exploration into correlation, symbiotic cohabitation, and the relationships that are an essential part of being in a sensory world,” says Kingsmill. “The video probes the ways in which we imagine, invent and impart meaning onto these interconnections- an immersion into systems, layers, sensations, emotions and feelings that we navigate everyday in our lives, and that sometimes overwhelm us. This project brings to life ideas I’ve been eager to explore with clay for a number of years, guided by the stunning music of Badge Époque Ensemble.

Watch Badge Époque Ensemble’s Video for “Unity (It’s Up To You” feat. James Baley

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