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At a time when daily newspapers in Canada are declining in quantity and quality, it's intriguing to watch some of them now struggle to connect with a younger potential readership. One of the more credible such attempts was made by The Globe and Mail last month. They partnered with noted independent record label Arts & Crafts to create a collection of original music highlighting stories of 2014.
Entitled Broadsheet Music: A Year in Review, it debuted on the paper's website, globeandmail.com. The collection comprised six original songs, featuring contributions by A & C artists Broken Social Scene, Fucked Up, Jason Collett, Zeus, Reuben And The Dark, and Absolutely Free, plus Tamara Williamson and the Canadian Opera Company, a presenting partner of the project.
Topics explored included missing aboriginal women, the divisive battle for Jerusalem, and the death of Robin Williams. The theme of "Golden Facelift" from Broken Social Scene is described as "Reclamation and human accountability." The track is the first piece of new music to from the famed collective since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record.
In a label press release, BSS explain that “'Golden Facelift' is a song recorded during the Forgiveness Rock Record sessions, but ultimately did not make the final cut for one reason or another. It is a song we as a band all felt strongly about lyrically and musically and we wanted to give it a proper unveiling when the time was right. We feel that chance is now as this year draws to a close. 2014 has not been without its beauty, but it has also been a year of incredible brutality and all of humanity has a great deal to answer for. Broken Social Scene aims to echo the voice and concerns of the underdog while creating music that will hopefully inspire those who are doing good and useful things for this planet and humankind."
The track has that instantly recognisable and dynamic BSS feel, and it is now being complemented by a compelling new video clip. Initial beautiful shots of scenery and wild animals soon dissolve into rapid-fire images culled from the year's headlines that primarily show what a destructive species we are. Self-destructive too, as the shots of facelifts gone wrong emphasize. The familiar suspects are here: killer cops, Rob Ford and Ghomeshi (BSS mainmen Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning glimpsed being interviewed on the now infamous Q).
A mite heavy-handed at times, the clip is worthy of attention. It is receiving that, with 64k YouTube views in its first week.