CJ Wiley | Running Backwards: Exclusive Premiere

The Toronto roots-pop artist offers a preview of their upcoming All Our Love EP.


CJ Wiley puts their best foot forward with the new number Running Backwards — premiering exclusively on Tinnitist.

The Toronto singer-songwriter’s sophomore single, Running Backwards is a little bit country, a little bit garage rock, and hits with lyrics that are as sentimental as they are playfully tongue-in-cheek — delivered in Wiley’s wistfully endearing manner. It’s a preview of their debut three-song EP All Our Love, which is set for release on June 16. Recorded at Banquet Sound in Toronto, the disc features guest appearances from heavy-hitting musicians like Dani Nash and producer Nixon Boyd.

“This EP has a few themes;” Wiley says. “It tells a story of teen nostalgia, finding humour in hardship and reflecting on push-and-pull relationships.”

Featuring the tunes Don’t Die Charlie, Running Backwards and All Our Love, Wiley’s EP offers up a different set of emotions to every listener. Their band’s first show was to a sold-out Horseshoe Tavern in the fall of 2021, and their new music is slated for release through spring and summer. Genre-bending and gender-defying, CJ’s voice has drawn comparisons to the candid wit of contemporaries Sharon Van Etten and Courtney Barnett, with the wholesome twang of Shania Twain.

Check out Running Backwards above and below, listen to the track on your preferred DSP HERE, and follow CJ Wiley on Instagram.