Canadian singer-songwriter Kele Fleming is back with a brand new single, “Compassion Machine”.
The track is an exposing commentary on our technological dependency and its role as a mechanism of coping with reality.
When considering the underlying message of “Compassion Machine”, the Vancouver-born, Victoria-based artist says this anthemic song is “meant to bring the listener a sense of release from the modern alienation of our dependency on technology as a replacement for connection with life.”
Having been recorded prior to the social restrictions brought about by COVID-19, she elaborates by adding, “this song took on an entirely new meaning for me in the pandemic, as technology has also been a salve for me and has given me the gift of human connection despite distance.”
The foundation for “Compassion Machine” was built around metaphors from recognizing her own dependency, she admits. When commenting on the musical composition, she makes apparent the guitar’s Celtic tone, as well as the bass, which soothingly answers the call to the chorus’s vocal melody. The clapping heard towards the middle, strips the song to its core, effectively drawing the listener’s focus towards the vocals before its big crescendo.
“Compassion Machine” is the second single (following “Vanishing of Bees”) from her fourth album, The Song I’ll Write For My Whole Life. Written and sung by Fleming, she provides the guitar heard on the single. She is accompanied by Ron Yamauchi on piano, Aaron Troy on bass, and Tony Lee on drums.
The single, as well as the album, was recorded live off the floor at Vancouver’s Warehouse Studio with Juno-recognized engineer and producer, Sheldon Zaharko of Zed Productions. The recording was assisted by Nick Civero and Annie Kennedy. Mastering was handled by Andrew Spindor at Railtown Mastering.
Check out the lyric video for “Compassion Machine” below, and stay up to date with Kele via her socials.
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