Devin Townsend has announced his new record Lightwork for October 28 and is now streaming a beautiful new single "Call Of The Void." The song comes alongside a train-themed music video, which Townsend reveals ties directly into the lyrics and the overall story of the album.
"The concept of the song is based around the 'call of the void' as an analogy for intrusive thoughts," said Townsend. "I first heard the term describing 'the temptation to hurl yourself over the cliff when your driving a car'… or to 'put your hand in the fire when you know you'll get burned' etc… thoughts that you know are wrong, but you fear that you won't be able to control the impulses to deny it. The point being: often I feel we have a choice, and trying not to lose sight of that was very important to me during recent difficult times.
"In terms of the visuals: all through lockdown, I really fell in love with ‘cabview train journeys' that [RailCowGirl] and others were posting on YouTube. Essentially, they are often full, first person journeys to cold and distant places, far from the chaos of the world, with a sense of constant momentum really calmed me. Maybe being on tour for so many years is what made it a comfort to watch during lockdown, but in any event, I started writing with the videos playing in the background in the studio and so I thought it would be appropriate for this video.
"In regards to the 'story' of these three videos, the character is now on the train headed to where the Lighthouse is located. So there you go… song two. It's about not letting the chaos of the world shake you. Trying to stay calm at our centre to try and get through it all."
Lightwork is available for pre-order here in a variety of configurations, including with a second album called Nightwork.