City and Colour – acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Dallas Green – has released a video for “F*cked It Up”, the latest single from his highly-anticipated new album The Love Still Held Me Near available March 31 via Still Records, an imprint of Dine Alone Records/Cooking Vinyl Australia. The Love Still Held Me Near is a deeply personal and cathartic offering, and the most sonically expansive in the celebrated City and Colour canon. The record is available to pre-order HERE.
The emotional new track highlights the vulnerability and uncertainty that can often arise in relationships. “F*cked It Up” is a reminder that even the strongest of relationships can be tested by the challenges of life, while still offering a message of hope and resilience. “I wanted to write a playful song about the trials and tribulations of being in a relationship,” explains Green. “When you are young, you’re sold on this idea of what life is supposed to be…get married, have kids, and live happily ever after. But that’s not real life. You change. Life evolves and you evolve with it. This song is for everyone who’s going through it.”
Directed by Michael Maxxis, the latest video is the third instalment of a moody, and formidable cinematic series of videos set to accompany every song on the new LP. Says Maxxis, “Dallas’ walls are down on this album, and I wanted to capture that on film.”
Produced by Green and longtime band member and collaborator Matt Kelly, the 12 songs that comprise The Love Still Held Me Near follow the most difficult period in Green’s life, including the tragic loss of his best friend in 2019. Mixed by three-time Grammy-winner Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse, Shania Twain and others), the album features Green’s voice louder than ever before, supported by arrangements that are at once delicate and nuanced but also enormously powerful.
With six studio albums to date, City and Colour has amassed a legion of passionate fans worldwide who connect with the depth and intimacy of Green’s songs. The Love Still Held Me Near finds the songwriter revealing more of himself amidst new textures, arrangements and soundscapes not previously heard on City and Colour albums. While it was born out of navigating a trying time, it is an album of hope, redemption and inspiration, taking a trip from the emotional depths through the other side and finding a way to, as the closing track says, “Begin Again”.