JOHN ORPHEUS CELEBRATES FEELING ELECTRIC IN NEW SINGLE AND VISUAL
NEW ALBUM SAGA BOY SET FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 2021
Toronto, ON – October 29, 2020 – Toronto artist, author and Renaissance man, John Orpheus, delivers sonic chemistry in his new single, Electric. The track arrives today alongside a visual narrative celebrating chemistry, the spark that catches the eye and gets you in your feels. Watch the video here.
Electric is John’s first single since his 2019 album, WEY YA CALL DAT TING, and Look To The Moon, a collab with Chemical Dreams, the side project of Martha Johnson and Mark Gane of Martha and the Muffins. Electric was produced by John Orpheus and co-writer, Mike Schlosser, and features Michigan rapper/composer, Jordan Hamilton. It flows with a school yard chant disguised as a pop chorus filled with optimism and adoration, highlighting John’s Trinidadian roots, as he encourages listeners to “blaze up” and “raise up,” alongside Jordan’s whimsical rap verse and signature cello notes.
Directed and produced by Kicking Tire Films’ Patrick Hodgson, the video for Electric chronicles a love that needs refreshing. J.O. and his lover (played by bandmate, Chaenel Mattis) quarrel, separate and then make up in a scene filled with Black family joy, Caribbean food and dancing.
"Patrick Hodgson is flawless. We've worked together a lot and he is the only Director I trust these days. He is an actual film maker so with this video we wanted to tap into his skill with telling stories. After the Look to the Moon video where I was in gold bootie shorts and nothing else we wanted to make something natural and organic to keep people guessing. to be honest I felt naked without my gold chains! But vulnerability is truth, so I'm happy we did it,” John says.
Electric unifies an array of musical elements and marks the beginning of a new phase and a bridge between John Orpheus’ previous album, WEY YA CALL DAT TING. His new project SAGA BOY, set for release early 2021, will be an accompanying piece to his forthcoming memoir of the same name. Learn more about John Orpheus below and stay tuned for new music.
About John Orpheus
Born and raised in South-Central Trinidad, John Orpheus is a multi-cultural musical artist and soon-to-be published author. For the past year and a half, he has been writing his memoir called SAGA BOY which will be published by Penguin Random House Canada in January 2021. With the book due to be launched in the new year, John decided to return to music and release a companion album also entitled SAGA BOY. Both the book and the album are built on the same themes: searching for home, for family, for love and a fly coat to wear when you get there.
John Orpheus’ musical journey has taken him from the Caribbean bush to festivals across Canada and the US. He combines hip-hop swagger, Afrobeat energy and dancehall charisma to create a sound built on big catchy hooks. John is known for his rabble-rousing live shows filled with audience participation, chanting and impromptu dance-offs that feel more like Caribana road parties than concerts. In September 2019, he released his album WEY YA CALL DAT TING, theculmination of a three year, four mixtape project that he used to develop and hone his unique sound. Produced and co-written by Mike Schlosser, the album fulfilled his early promise with a noticeably more pop and upbeat vibe.
In addition to gracing studios, stages and pages, John Orpheus is passionate about his community platform, Haus Orpheus, co-founded with bandmate, Sara Jane Riegler. An event series, a movement, a community, and a VIBE rooted in Pan-Africanism, intersectional feminism, and decolonization, Haus Orpheus is a voice of the voiceless; the un-marginalizing of the marginalized. Based in Toronto, yet never defined by birthplace, it is an inclusive space where peoplecan gather to connect with art and be unapologetically themselves.