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Cedric Noel sings of allyship on moving new single ‘Allies’

Montreal’s (Tio’tiá:ke’s) Cedric Noel is back with a video for his new single “Allies.”

The moving new track comes from his forthcoming album, Hang Time, out November 12th via Joyful Noise Recordings & Forward Music Group. “Allies” serves as the follow-up to “Comuu” and features a Malcolm X soundbite. Throughout the track, Noel echoes the line “are you on my side” again and again atop a weaving guitar solo. The accompanying Ali Vanderkruyk-directed video carries a sense of nostalgia and intimacy, as Noel sings from a forest floor.

“Like many of the songs on this album, I wrote this one when I was pondering both the genuineness and strength of the allyship in my life, and how it intertwines with trust,” Noel explains. “Repeating the words ‘are you on my side’ felt necessary…almost like a constant reminder.”

Watch the video for “Allies” below.
 


 
Hang Time will come packed with fluid, texturally layered melodies and upfront, vulnerable lyrics. The record stays true to Cedric Noel’s open-ended rock sound, while he threads some sonic surprises through the album’s 13 tracks. The genre-bending album weaves in and out of folk-pop and ambient music, just like on “Allies.”

“For me, this album is about taking ownership of my identity on my own terms,” Noel says. “In a sense I wrote this record for a teenage version of myself and hope that it reaches those who find themselves in similar situations that I was when writing the album. I hope that this album can contribute to the reimagination of what is understood as ‘black music’ and help remove the boundaries that term currently encompasses.”

Check out the tracklist for Hang Time below.
 

Hang Time Tracklist:

01 – “Comuu”
02 – “Headspace”
03 – “Keep”
04 – “Stilling”
05 – “Bass Song”
06 – “Born”
07 – “Dove”
08 – “A Hold On Losing”
09 – “Okayokay”
10 – “Allies”
11 – “Nighttime (Skin)”
12 – “Hang Time”
13 – “Cozy”

Lead photo courtesy of Kristina Pederson.

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