Toronto, ON-based band, Countermeasure have released their second single, “Carry Away”, off their forthcoming third studio album, Guest Sessions. The official music video for “Carry Away” will be released on Friday, July 31.
An upbeat anthem about missing absent friends, Carry Away opens with the line: “We learned the word to say “I humbly receive””. The word in question is “Itadakimasu”. It’s a common Japanese phrase used at mealtime, meaning “let’s eat”, and for Countermeasure’s, this expression sums up the group’s extraordinary experiences while on tour in Japan in 2018 and 2019.
Countermeasure Artistic Director, Aaron Jensen noted:
“I wrote Carry Away as a love song to Japan…as a thank you for the generosity, the care, and the outpouring of love we received by our presenters and our audiences…Releasing this single in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the context of the song for Countermeasure. It’s been months since the group has been able to sing together. Tours and gigs have been cancelled…what started off as a song about our time in Japan, has become an anthem about missing absent friends – a song that reminisces about better times.”
“Carry Away” showcases just how Countermeasure is breaking genre barriers, featuring music influenced by Jazz, Pop, Folk, Soul and Contemporary Choral.
Guest Sessions is Countermeasure’s third studio album, set for release in September 2020. It’s a concept album made up of original works composed by Jensen and a features collaborations with three multi-GRAMMY award-winners
Countermeasure is a 13-member Toronto-based vocal group who have sold-out theatres across Canada, the U.S., Italy, Scotland, Japan, and the U.K. The group is currently preparing for a shared bill with the New Japan Philharmonic in May 2021 at Triphony Hall, in Sumida, Tokyo. Carry Away is one of the original Countermeasure songs that will be performed with the orchestra.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.