Canadian outfit Orson Wilds have announced details of their debut EP, WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WON’T LET GO? which will be released this Friday, October 29th via Black Cement Records [EP artwork / tracklisting below]. The band has also shared the poignant new single “a hundred million things” which is available today on all streaming platforms and joined by a visualizer streaming now on Orson Wilds’ YouTube channel.
Elaborating on the new single, Orson Wilds’ vocalist / guitarist Eric Reid explained, “Depression is something I’ve struggled with for a lot of my adult life and it can be debilitating and it can make the easiest everyday things super difficult. It comes in waves and those waves can come in different sizes. The big waves can be pretty scary sometimes and I’m fortunate to have a support system with my friends and family that I can talk to about these things. ‘a hundred million things’ is a song about one of my friends that lost his battle with depression. He worked in law enforcement and as a result had pretty fucked up PTSD. I can’t imagine the tsunami he was faced with every day that eventually led him to make the last choice he would ever make. It’s a song about wishing you could say more and coming to terms with never truly being able to understand another person’s struggle no matter how much you can relate to it.”
Brianna Bordihn, vocalist / keyboardist for Orson Wilds added, “When Eric was working on this song and we were demoing the vocals, it was pretty hard to get through. I didn’t know his friend, but to me the song feels like a love letter in a way to those in your life that you can’t quite reach. It’s very cathartic to sing.”
Recorded and produced by Will Yip (Bartees Strange / Turnstile), WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WON’T LET GO? sees Orson Wilds embracing imperfection and channeling their youthful resilience into an especially unselfconscious album full of urgent and wonderfully vulnerable songs. The six song EP also features the tracks “dec 19,” “Mothers Daughters,” and “Stand Up,” all of which were originally released as standalone singles over the course of the past year.
Furthermore, Orson Wilds have announced two hometown shows in support of their new EP. The upcoming dates will take place at Toronto’s Monarch Tavern on November 30th and December 1st with tickets on sale now at www.orsonwilds.com.