Photo Supplied by Cale Crowe
Alderville First Nation, Ontario’s Cale Crowe has been playing the guitar since the age of 13, and it shows. What began as an escape from the trials and tribulations of a socially awkward teenager, has become quite the journey, meeting like-minded people worldwide, and sharing his experiences through the power of an acoustic guitar and a loop station.
Today, we are happy to unveil the video for “Closer“. Cale tells us a bit about the video,
“I can’t say enough about how happy I am with what The Trenches Media and I have made here. The cast is full of friends, the shoot day was hectic and hilarious, and everyone involved contributed something beyond just standing in place and following direction. I usually don’t care to be on camera too much, but this is something I enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed acting in.”
Cale shares more on the single itself,
“Closer is a song about wanting to connect in a “one and done” world. It’s about a very real addiction – holding at arms’ length the people you want to hold tightly. It’s about having so many things you want to say and do and not knowing how. It’s a stoned mind speaking from a sober heart. “
Check out “Closer” below, and find out more about Cale in our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
How’s it going, readers? I’m Cale Crowe, and I’m from Alderville First Nation, Ontario. I’m Anishnaabe (that’s “Ah-Nish-Naw-Bae”) and a graduate of the Music Business Management program at Durham College in Oshawa, ON.
Tell us a bit about your writing style.
For me, my songs have always been vehicles for expression of my feelings or my interpretation of others’ feelings (typical for most songwriters). I grew up in a place where men didn’t really talk about their emotions. With a song like “Closer”, I wanted to contrast the void of intimacy between lovers at a party in the verses against the euphoric sense of connection with someone in the chorus. The song is really a conflict between immediacy and permanence, and following others vs. being true to yourself.
Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?
Thursday, July 19 at Casa del Popolo in Montreal and Saturday, July 28 at Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto. I also perform at bars and for private events on the side. My live performance incorporates an acoustic guitar and a three-track looping station pedal. The pedal lets me create my own accompaniment (basslines, beats, secondary guitar) for songs – like making up my own backing track on the spot. I can be as loud and bombastic or as soft and intimate as I need to be.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
Loads of fans tell me their favourite song is “Delilah Rush” from my first EP (“Stars & Promises”). Lyrically it’s a look at a person who comes from a very broken place from the perspective of a prospective lover.
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/artists?
This might be a girthy list: Cleopatrick, Ready The Prince, Double Experience, Crown Lands, The Honest Heart Collective, Rory Taillon, Jacob Henley (who is currently based in Ireland), Troy Junker, Cinzia & The Eclipse, My Friend The Moon, Gentlemen Husbands, Zulu Panda, and Hawking. All incredible acts, most of which I’ve been fortunate enough to share stages with, and all of whom deserve the attention of the CB audience!
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.