Alyson McNamara shares new single and video “After Hours”

Last week, Alyson McNamara shared another new track from her upcoming third album, Let Me Sleep, out June 4, 2021 via Ghost Pepper Records. “After Hours” is “all about growth, but when I wrote it I didn’t know that,” says McNamara. “It’s about a time in my life when I was going to lots of after hours parties, meeting people that I wasn’t deeply connecting with, and ultimately, trying to find myself amidst all the flashing lights and darkness. I was navigating my way through my first heartbreak. To me, ‘After Hours’ now serves as a reminder of where I was at that time and where I am now.”

On the video for “After Hours”, McNamara says:

“I think that the idea of making a caterpillar video might have come from my subconscious. I didn’t completely understand why it was important to me, but I was determined to see it through. As all of the scenes fell into place, I realized that it was a metaphor for my own metamorphosis. I sewed my costume by hand for this video, and that in itself was a huge learning/growing experience for me.”

Produced, mixed, and engineered by Daniel McNamara and recorded in a whirlwind week at Taurus Recording in Toronto, Let Me Sleep sees Alyson moving from a four piece band to a trio with her longtime collaborators, Daniel McNamara (bass) and Kevin Richards (drums). The stripped-down sound overhauled the direction of Let Me Sleep. “Through performing as a trio, I realized how much space there was left for my vocals,” Alyson explains. “I was always curious about where the middle ground was between having that full-band sound and maintaining the intimate feeling of watching a singer songwriter.”

Alyson wrote Let Me Sleep in various locations including The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and a sun-soaked apartment in Toronto. No matter the place, Alyson was alone during her writing sessions. “My favourite ideas always seem to arrive freely when the house is empty.” she says. You can pre-order Let Me Sleep here.

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