Ryan Hemsworth to release sophomore album November 4th!

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By Greg

On Oct 09, 2014

Listeners have had a taste of Ryan Hemsworth’s new material with the September release of the track, Snow In Newark, featuring Dawn Golden (helmed by Dexter Tortoriello of Houses). Following the success of its release two weeks ago, which already amassed close to half a million plays, Hemsworth now delivers the visual treatment for the song. Hemsworth is also excited to share details from his upcoming sophomore album,Alone For The First Time, which will be released on November 4th via Last Gang Records and Secret Songs; a new imprint that will be home to Hemsworth’s various collaborations and experiments. Pre-order the album here, and get the single digitally and on limited vinyl here. Hemsworth will also be playing at Pop Explosion in his hometown of Halifax this October, before kicking off his Sucker For Punishment North American tour in November (details below).

Alone For The First Time is the follow up to Hemsworth’s Juno Award-Winning, 2013 debut album, Guilt Trips. The album also features Alex GLontaliusKotomi & DOSSthe GTW and Little Cloud, and introduces a new chapter in Hemsworth’s career.

Shot and directed by Martin Pariseau, the video for Snow In Newark is a spellbindingly beautiful journey to Nepal, which was captured in August over the course of a week in the Himalayan nation. The video takes the viewer “a million miles away” as evoked by the song, to a peaceful and quiet world, offering respite and comfort to the musician’s fast-paced life.

“This is the second part to the video for ‘One For Me’ – my quest to get out of these clubs and find something different, says Hemsworth. “It was shot over a week in Nepal and I tried to take everything in; overwhelmed in a different way than usual and a hiatus from necessary evils”

Having originally explored his musical voice as a singer and guitarist in his teen years, Hemsworth rose to fame soon after starting his love affair with drum loops and samples. A couple critically-acclaimed R&B albums, a vast catalogue of underground rap collaborations, and a string of landmark mixes and remix work took him on the road to the four corners of the world – all becoming important ingredients to define and inform his ear. With his Last Words EP and debut album, these experiences began to crystalize and form a musical landscape that is at once all encompassing and completely singular. The Secret Songs project sprouted naturally this year as a new frontier into this frame of mind; a free outlet that is all about discovery and inclusion, a place to make connections between distinct sounds from unique artists that may otherwise never happen, all simply supported through a network of fans and musicians. In a few short months, the project took off and even got a nudge from the New York Times saying the project had effectively “started its own service”.

1. Hurt Me
2. Walk Me Home (w/ Lontalius)
3. Snow In Newark (w/ Dawn Golden)
4. Blemish
5. Too Long Here (w/ Alex G)
6. Surrounded (w/ Kotomi & DOSS)
7. By Myself (w/ the GTW & Little Cloud)

October 10 I Unit I Tokyo
October 11 I JB’s I Nagoya
October 12 I Onzieme I Osaka

October 25 | Halifax, NS | Halifax Pop Explosion
November 5 | The Music Farm | Charleston, SC
November 6 | The Music Farm | Columbia, SC
November 7 | The Basement | Atlanta, GA
November 8 | Exit/In | Nashville, TN
November 9 | FunFunFun Fest | Austin, TX
November 11 | The Sinclair | Cambridge, MN
November 12 | Higher Ground | South Burlington, VT
November 13 | Double Door | Chicago, IL
November 14 | Le Belmont | Montreal, QC
November 15 | The Opera House | Toronto, ON
November 19 | U Street Music Hall | Washington, DC
November 20 | Bowery Ballroom | NYC, NY
November 21 | Rough Trade | Brooklyn, NY
November 22 | Johnny Brenda’s | Philadelphia, PA
November 26 | Union Sound Hall | Winnipeg, MB
November 27 | Hifi Club | Calgary, AB
November 28 | Starlite | Edmonton, AB
November 29 | Fortune Sound Club | Vancouver, BC
December 3 | Wow Hall | Eugene, OR
December 4 | Branx | Portland, OR
December 5 I Fonda Theatre I Los Angeles, CA
December 6 | Neumos | Seattle, WA
December 13 | Fox Theatre | Boulder, CO