Seth Anderson sets out to find that Big Red Sun in his strikingly personal new single — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.
The followup to the Canadian troubadour’s lauded 2020 album We Could Be, the beautifully bittersweet Big Red Sun is a song for anyone who’s ever chased a dream, only to have reality catch up them in the end. True to its title, it’s a song that warms the heart, thanks to Anderson’s crisp acoustic guitar work and hazily drawled vocals, not to mention stylishly atmospheric production that takes the track to new places — fitting for a song that was inspired by a life-changing move in the first place.
“I wrote this song while living in a new city, trying to process the feelings that came with that,” says Anderson. “Along with excitement, there was isolation, and the challenge to be open to new people and opportunities. I was also processing the loss of some important people in my life, so it was a very transformative period.” Recorded at Noble Street Studios in Toronto under the guidance of producer/engineer and friend Trevor Anderson, the vibrant folk-pop recording eloquently captures the emotional rawness baked into the song’s creation.
It’s just the latest stop on the singer-songwriter’s long journey — a search for truth, purpose, an understanding of the world around him and his place in it. His songwriting offers an honest view of life from a unique perspective that has stemmed from years of travelling, moving from town to town, city to city, highway to highway; the high peaks, the low valleys, and all the spaces between. Through all of it, there remains one common thread — a desire for love and hope. With an intensely emotional connection to his craft, Seth’s delivery is genuine, yet at times ferocious with both conviction and vulnerability, comparative to artists such as Steve Earle, AA Bondy, Weakerthans and Frank Turner. His evolution began in a small town DIY scene where he grew up in Hartland, N.B.. It was followed by years of taking a blue-collar approach to his career, putting in thousands of miles while taking his music to audiences all over the world.
In 2020 he released We Could Be, working alongside Canadian singer-songwriter and author Eamon McGrath. The album blended full-band arrangements with acoustic solo recordings, capturing the essence of his awe-striking performances. An honest, emotional statement of loss, hope, and the need for a world that embraces love, the album earned Anderson praise and radio play, while the track My One Belief was used in an episode of Kim’s Convenience.
With five albums, and upwards of 15 years of road experience with Joey Cape (Lagwagon), Off With Their Heads, Jon Snodgrass (Drag The River), KJ Jansen (Chixdiggit), Anderson’s journey continues. Check out Big Red Sun above, hear more from Seth Anderson below, and find him at his website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.