PREMIERE: Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s New Album, f(l)ight, Sings Toward Freedom

RPM Records is proud to present our third release, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s beautiful new album, f(l)ight.

After the stunning release of her debut single “Under Your Always Light”, and selling out two back-to-back #RPMLive shows in Tkaronto, acclaimed Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg artist Leanne Betasamosake Simpson releases her full length album, f(l)ight, a haunting new album of story-songs.

Effortlessly interweaving Simpson’s complex poetics and multi-layered stories of the land, spirit, and body with lush acoustic and electronic arrangements, f(l)ight claims a unique space in contemporary Indigenous music and performance.

For Simpson, the making of f(l)ight was both a deeply personal and highly collaborative process of collective creation. She enlisted the talents of award-winning Indigenous and non-Indigenous musicians including: Jonas Bonnetta (Evening Hymns), James Bunton (Ohbijou, Lights Fires, Forest City Lovers), Juno-nominated Cree/Metis cellist Cris Derksen, Nick Ferrio (The Burning Hell), Ojibwe/Cree singer-songwriter Tara Williamson, and Anishinaabe singer-songwriter Ansley Simpson to write, co-create, record, and produce the album over an intensive two-week recording session, that included field recordings of Anishinaabe land-based practices like a sugar bush, wild rice, and the Crowe River.

“For me this is a record of tiny stories of light, of fight, and of Indigenous freedom,” says Simpson. “I like to fall into the intimate moments of Indigenous life and amplify the richness, the warmth and the intelligence of our communities and the worlds we live in. I want my people to come out of this album feeling better than they went in.”

Leanne and her band will be performing upcoming album release shows in Peterborough and Montreal this fall. See upcoming tour dates here.

Stream and download f(l)ight on Bandcamp here.


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Website: leannesimpsonmusic.com
Bandcamp: leannesimpson.bandcamp.com
SoundCloud: @betasamosake
Twitter: @betasamosake