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Area Resident | Spout (bec): Exclusive Single Premiere

The Ottawa indie artist opens up on a raw ballad from his upcoming album Quasar.

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Area Resident pours out his heart in his intimate and reflective new single Spout (bec) — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.

A raw acoustic ballad with a rootsy tinge, the third preview of the Ottawa singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s upcoming sixth album serves as the quietly contemplative yin to the rocking yang of predecessors Fight The Florists and title track Quasar.

The title Spout (bec) ring a bell with anyone who’s ever read the inside flaps of any Canadian milk carton, bec being French for spout. Area Resident mastermind Doug Hempstead says song was inspired by Tobin Sprout, former guitarist of Guided By Voices, whose name popped into his head every time he saw the word ‘spout’ when pouring milk on his morning cereal. The song, which makes references to Hempstead’s obliterated marriage, definitely contains Sprout’s tone as well.

Produced as usual by Blinker The Star’s Jordon Zadorozny, who also adds backing vocals, the song is graced by the gorgeously mournful lap steel guitar of John Higney. When Hempstead isn’t writing and recording songs in his basement, he is an Ottawa traffic reporter for CBC. Quasar, due in February, will be his sixth Area Resident album in as many years.

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