“…a folk-inflected number that captures feelings of longing and displacement in an increasingly hurried life, not so much about a stranger in a strange land as a familiar in a world that grows increasingly strange.”- Pop Matters
“YYZ” is the new video by Brescia, Italy singer-songwriter Gab De La Vega, who ended 2019 with the release of “Perfect Texture”, the first single to announce the new record “Beyond Space And Time”, his third full-length album, which is coming out on January 24th.
The song comes with a music video directed by Jaden D and edited by Bradley James Allen.
The song lyrics are deep, personal and reveal the ability of De La Vega to read his own as well as other people’s life, the world and the time we live in, evoking images that could appear familiar to many.
De La Vega comments:
“YYZ is about feeling lost and disoriented in life. It’s about the need to find your place in the world. The moments in which you have to make decisions that might change everything, without having a clue of what the outcome might be. It’s about the daily struggle to steer your own life and at the same time accept that you don’t have full control of everything that happens to you.
The song lyrics refer to a summer afternoon two years ago. I was walking in downtown Toronto, chasing my thoughts in the alleys of my mind. At one point I looked around and I realized my feet took me astray. I had to figure out where I was. I was kind of lost, literally… and metaphorically.”
The video was shot in Toronto in the summer of 2019. This is what De La Vega had to say about it:
“I decided to pay tribute to the city in the video. I love Toronto, it feels like a second home. Jaden, who directed the video, is my cousin and he’s from Toronto. We had this idea so we went around the city and I started busking, playing the song at some of the most and some of the least busy corners of the city. There are no actors in the video, only the people of Toronto. They were running late to hop on their train, they were shopping, they were groups of friends or couples chatting, they were regular people caught up in their regular lives on an ordinary summer day. We provided the soundtrack, but they were the protagonists. Some of them stopped to hear me play, even for a few seconds, others liked it and dropped a coin in the case. I tried to go along with the flow and become part of the play for that day, impersonating someone whose life is not different from anybody’s. I guess it’s just what we do, we live our lives, we play our scripts.”
The new album “Beyond Space And Time” was recorded and mixed by Simone Piccinelli at La Buca Recording Club in Montichiari and mastered by Grammy-nominated sound engineer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Oathbreaker, Jeff Rosenstock, Sun Valley Gun Club, Gouge Away…) at The Atomic Garden Recording Studios in Oakland, California.
To celebrate the album release, De La Vega is announcing a first round of full band shows across Italy, while other full band and solo shows across Europe are being booked, beginning in March.
7th February – Cremona, Circolo Arcipelago
8th February – Brescia, Lio Bar
9th February – Parma, Splinter Club
21st February – TBA
22nd February – TBA
23rd February – Chiuppano, Osteria Al Castello
European shows are being booked by Flix Agency and they will be shortly announced.
BEYOND SPACE AND TIME – TRACKLIST
1) Phoenix From The Flames
2) Story Of A Human Being
4) Perfect Texture
5) Rosary Of Days
6) Bomb Inside My Head
7) As One
8) We’ve Already Seen All This
9) Words Unspoken
10) Something’s Not Ok
11) I Still Believe