In Hearts Wake will release their fifth studio album ‘KALIYUGA’ on 7th August, 2020 while also releasing new single & video ‘Son Of A Witch’ today. The band will minimise their environmental footprint on the release by carbon offsetting the entire process and using recycled materials to create the physical product for the music.
“During the recording process we measured every power socket, counted every light, pound of freight, food consumption, driving mile and airfare taken. We were then able to find the total carbon footprint and offset it by supporting a rewilding project in Australia on First Nations land” says frontman, Jake Taylor. “Our mission to help support and sustain life on earth has made us realise that less is more. Many industries are evolving, and as musicians we feel it’s time to do our part. It’s been challenging to navigate the retail hurdles, find sustainable materials and successful companies that embody our ethos, but through a bit of research we’ve discovered that there are many solutions out there.”
In Hearts Wake calculated the recording process of the album to be 26.37 tonnes of CO2e which has been entirely offset through the purchase of carbon credits in the Yarra Yarra Biodiversity Corridor of Western Australia. The album will also be packaged and manufactured plastic free.
‘KALIYUGA’ is accompanied by a brand-new website, thehouseofkali.com, which is now live. The site offers album news, insights, exclusive content and clues as well as a host of important information.
ENTER THE HOUSE OF KALI
In Hearts Wake are long time champions of the earth, with their last three albums themed around the natural elements that make life here possible. ‘Earthwalker‘ (2014) explored the element of Earth, ‘Skydancer’ (2015) – Air, and ‘Ark’ (2016) with Water. All three albums debuted in the Top 5 of the ARIA charts with the themes of social & environmental justice and self-accountability steady throughout. It is uncanny that the band’s fourth album, ‘KALIYUGA’, would be born of Fire, inspired and bookended by the devastating fires that occurred in California and Australia throughout 2018, 2019 and 2020.
‘KALIYUGA’ takes a surgeon’s scalpel and a sledgehammer to cut and smash through disfunction. A ruthless scrutiny of self and the social & eco injustices and abuse at play today blazes throughout the album as In Hearts Wake aim to break the barriers of apathy, distraction, disinformation, anxiety and despair to spread the band’s purpose and passion like wildfire.
“Ancients from different cultures spoke of Four Ages of Humanity,” says Taylor “the Hindu ancients called the Age we are in right now, ‘KALIYUGA’ — a time when negativity such as discord, greed, materialism and fear create strife and imbalance for life on earth. We’re seeing this in the world around us and in the chaos of recent events. But I believe we were born into this age for a reason — that we can transform the challenges we face by seizing the opportunity to grow and change the way we live on the earth and with each other.”
‘KALIYUGA’ is geared for inciting widespread positive action and breaking new ground in order to tackle the most pressing crises on the planet today. This is inspiring conscious heavy music for these times. The album is due for release August 7 2020.
Newly launched single ‘Son Of A Witch’ is the second piece of music to be released from ‘KALIYUGA’ after the release of ‘Worldwide Suicide’ in March. The track is influenced by Taylor’s experience of the devastating Malibu Fires in 2018. This experience kindled the creation of the single, which was penned before the great burning of the Amazon Rainforest and the destructive 2020 wildfires in Australia.
Filming for the song’s live action clip was restricted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Coronavirus turned our video cartoon. These challenging times are forcing us to adapt, evolve and discover new ways of doing things. I scoured the internet for an animation team who could bring to life this emotive, sensitive and archetypal narrative about humanities neglect and mistreatment of Mother Earth. I’ve never written or directed animation before, but it opened up new possibilities and for that I’m grateful” says Taylor of the new animated clip.
Watch the video HERE
‘KALIYUGA’ by In Hearts Wake out 7th August 2020.
‘Son Of A Witch’ by In Hearts Wake is out now.