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BADBADNOTGOOD shares new song/video ‘Beside April’

Today, Canadian ensemble BADBADNOTGOOD shares a new song and video. “Beside April”, the second single from BADBADNOTGOOD’s highly anticipated psychedelic jazz album, was composed in conjunction with legendary Brazilian composer Arthur Verocai and features iconic drummer/producer Karriem Riggins (J Dilla, Madlib). The forthcoming album, Talk Memory, also features collaborations w/ Laraaji, Terrace Martin & more. Paired with the new track are visuals directed by Camille Summers-Valli, whose inspiration for the video was taken from the first-ever film footage called Horse in Motion 1878.

Speaking about creating the “Beside April” visual, Summers-Valli shares – “There was really special energy around this video. The band wanted to do something with horses and equestrians. That’s where this begun. Funnily enough, I am petrified of horses. But it felt like a good way to overcome my fears. Subconsciously through a process of reading, finding references and discussing with my team, I started to piece together the puzzle of what this video could be. We shot this in Georgia; where the casting was incredible. The horse also was wonderful. So strong and majestic, we just wanted to do this beautiful creature justice. The magic aligned, so many great hard working people pulled this video together.”

Credit: Jamal Burger

Coupled with the new single, BADBADNOTGOOD announces dates in North America, Canada and Europe all set to take place in 2021 and 2022, listed below. Tickets on sale Friday, September 17th at 10am local time. Also, the trio shares the sheet music for “Beside April” along with interpretations for the first offering from Talk Memory, “Signal From the Noise,” which lives on the band’s website on dedicated channels within their tv player here – badbadnotgood.com.

Additionally, BBNG is set to put out the second issue of The Memory Catalogue, a series of world-building newsletters featuring exclusive content (sheet music, illustrated artwork, unseen photos, etc.) that fold out into a poster, on September 10th. Issue 2 features an illustration by Brazilian artist Guilherme Manzi as well as an interview between the trio and Arthur Verocai, allowing fans to peek behind the curtain of the BBNG universe. All three issues of The Memory Catalogue are available as a bundle with pre-orders via the XL webstore as well as at select indie record shops and locations such as Stussy, Noah, Psychic Wines, and more. See the list of locations here.

Talk Memory, the band’s first album with XL Recordings in partnership with Innovative Leisure, features 9 new songs and is due October 8th. The album features musical contributions from Arthur Verocai, Karriem Riggins, Terrace Martin, Laraaji and acclaimed harpist Brandee Younger, who has worked with Moses Sumney, and Thundercat. Sporting visuals from Virgil Abloh, whose design firm Alaska-Alaska™ designed the cover for Talk Memory, the album is an evolution focused on collaboration and the magic of improvised live performance. Demonstrating emotional and poetic progress, the new album is an aural odyssey and a heartfelt expression of joy for the music and community the band considers itself lucky to inhabit.

Of the album, BBNG says: “It took a year or two of just living life to get to the place where the creative process was exciting again and once we actually went in to the studio it was the most concise recording and writing process we’ve ever had. We hope that the improvised studio performances bring the listener closer to our live experience.”

Listen to and watch “Beside April” and pre-order Talk Memory above, see album info and tour dates below and stay tuned for more from BADBADNOTGOOD soon.

Upcoming Tour Dates:


12/08/21 – Calgary, AB @ The Palace Theatre

12/09/21 – Edmonton, AB @ Midway

12/10/21 – Winnipeg, MB @ Park Theatre

12/12/21 – Victoria, BC @ Capitol Ballroom

12/13/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom

12/17/21 – Montreal, QC @ MTELUS

12/18/21 – Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre

12/19/21 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Bell

12/22/21 – Toronto, ON @ History

03/07/22 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

03/08/22 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre

03/10/22 – Chicago, IL @ Metro

03/11/22 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

03/12/22 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom

03/14/22 – Boston, MA @ Royale

03/16/22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel

03/18/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

03/19/22 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

03/22/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

03/24/22 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s

03/25/22 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater

03/26/22 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

11/18/22 – Dublin, IE @ Olympia

11/19/22 – Stockholm, SE @ Nalen

11/21/22 – Oslo, NO @ Vulkan

11/22/22 – Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA

11/24/22 – Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle

11/25/22 – Berlin, DE @ Huxleys

11/28/22 – Vienna, AT @ Ottakringer Brauerei

11/29/22 – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle

11/30/22 – Zurich, CH @ X-Tra

12/02/22 – Utrecht, NL @ Ronda

12/03/22 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique

12/04/22 – Cologne, DE @ CarlswerkVictoria

12/06/22 – London, UK @ Brixton Academy

12/07/22 – Paris, FR @ Le Trianon

12/09/22 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute

12/10/22 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall

12/11/22 – Bristol, UK @ Academy 1

12/13/22 – Glasgow, UK @ QMU

Talk Memory album art by Virgil Abloh’s Alaska-Alaska™



Talk Memory

XL Recordings

October 8th, 2021

1. Signal From The Noise

2. Unfolding (Momentum 73) feat. Laraajii

3. City of Mirrors feat. Arthur Verocai

4. Beside April feat. Karriem Riggins, Arthur Verocai

5. Love Proceeding feat. Arthur Verocai

6. Open Channels [PHYSICAL ONLY]

7. Timid, Intimidating

8. Beside April Reprise feat. Arthur Verocai

9. Talk Meaning feat. Arthur Verocai, Terrace Martin and Brandee Younger



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