After taking a hiatus from a decade of non-stop touring, Peter Katz returns with material from his highly anticipated new album. Peter’s acclaimed 2015 album We Are The Reckoning was hailed by CBC Q Radio host Tom Power as “one of the most heartfelt, beautiful and vulnerable records of the year.”
The forthcoming LP’s latest single, “Like We Used To Be,” is an energetic, synth-infused departure from Katz’s usual foundation of guitar and piano. Organic drums, rhythmic elements, synth bass, and some synth hooks hit your senses before hitting your thoughts, fueling you to dance through your emotions.
Toronto audiences agreed, crowning Katz as Best Male Vocalist in that year’s NOW Magazine reader’s poll. The albums lead single ‘Brother’, a duet with Royal Wood, is a certifiable hit, reaching #3 on the national public radio charts and was ranked #3 on CBC Music’s best-of-the-year list. The accompanying video reached more than half a million viewers in its first week of release alone. In 2017, the album was re-released as La somme de tous nos efforts and the same song in a duet with Rémi Chassé reached Top 10 with francophone audiences at commercial radio in Peter’s birth province of Quebec.
Peter shares recently of the new song:
“This song may sound like it’s a love song to someone else with the lyrics ‘I will never leave you’ but it’s actually a love song to self. To be honest , when I first wrote that ‘I will never leave you’ hook I thought it was for someone else, but as the rest of the lyrics started coming out of me, it became clear that I was actually saying ‘I will never leave you’ in the mirror. The person that I think we need to ‘not leave’ first and foremost is ourselves, and yet that’s often the first person to get sacrificed, which ultimately means you can’t be of service to anybody. I’m guilty of that a lot, so there was something pretty special about letting these lyrics out, trying to capture giving myself that love.”
The JUNO Award, Canadian Screen Award, and two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee’s music has been featured on television and film including Lethal Weapon, Reign, Felicity, Hello Goodbye, Alias, Heartland as well as on CBC Television’s 2016 Rio Olympics / Paralympics coverage.
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