Alex Henry Foster & The Long Shadows are in to release a new single for the song "Lavender Sky" from Alex Henry Foster's highly acclaimed debut solo album "Windows in the Sky".
While "Summertime Departures" was praised by Glide, Rebel Noise & SOCAN Magazine for its guitar textures and noisy tones and "The Hunter (By the Seaside Window)" for its epic 14-minute short film by American Songwriter, V13 & Prog Mag, who even stated about Alex that "he doesn’t do anything that’s less than epic", Lavender Sky stands out for its more soundtrack-like orchestrations, from its first dispiriting base notes up to its grandiose & uplifting string arrangements, the song is walking you through Alex's valleys of shadows up to the hopeful moment of pure let go that couldn't be pictured in a more relevant way:
"We're setting fire on a moment that matters
Illusions covering the bad from the worst
Reflecting motion, reflecting motion
From a stranger to another, the good like the worst
We're pulling the trigger, we're pulling the trigger
And it hurts like the truths we denied one another
To keep our faith in what doesn't feel any better"
Alex talked with Canadian Musician Magazine when he was in Iceland to film his music video that will be available on June 25: "The reason why I was envisioning Iceland is because it's a land of contrasts where there is kind of a magnitude and emotion that you can feel from the land, the ocean and the mountain so you can contemplate time and define what you wanna make out of it and I think it was representing the album in a very special way."
"I had the song’s title for quite a while before I started writing the initial lyrics. “Lavender Sky” is my own personal way to describe the absolutely magnificent display of variations in the purple and pink sky I was blessed to witness every single evening while living in Tangier. That sky was somehow reflecting an invitation to release my father by accepting his death and finally being able to mourn him, to make peace with whatever I have experienced in the past and admit to myself that no matter how complex of a lie I could believe, I’d never be able to move on with my life until I finally acknowledged the profound sadness I fed my existence and my loved ones with. That was the lyrical starting point of the song; acceptance.
In retrospect, it may sound like quite a pessimistic song, a bleak way to look at the world, a violent admission of faithlessness… But while honesty doesn’t know cynicism and bitterness, I see “Lavender Sky” as the acceptance of things we don’t know and can’t control, as much as an admittance of our own fear is what makes us who we are and keeps us as human as the sky we keep longing for… From a stranger to another." -Alex