Gord Downie released the posthumous double album Away Is Mine last Friday, on the eve of the third anniversary of his passing. The final songs that The Tragically Hip frontman would record, Away Is Mine highlights Gord’s poetic mastery at its most bare and personal, with vibrant, haunting production that casts each song in otherworldly light.
Today, Downie shares the music video for “River Don’t Care,” a centrepiece of the album that pits the iconic writer against the impermanence of his words, through which he confronts that the river of time “don’t care” what any of us “write for it” or “cast into it.” By Toronto based artist Alex Macleod, the animated video features exotic fauna and coral life overgrowing a Life-Aquatic-meets-Schitt’s-Creek stylized hotel room.
Steered to life by “my oldest Toronto friend,” guitarist and co-writer Josh Finlayson, Downie recorded the album in July 2017 at The Tragically Hip’s studio in Bath, Ontario, mere months before he passed on October 17th that year. The two-disc set features Downie’s last ten songs, each presented in electric and acoustic versions. Away Is Mine is out now in deluxe limited edition 2LP, 2CD, and digital formats via Arts & Crafts.
“This won’t be his last release, but these are the final ten songs Gord sang before he passed away. The last time he ever sang into a mic,” brother Patrick Downie wrote in a statement.