At the end of 2014 Nothingness singer/guitarist Bill Young and his partner, Annie, found themselves craving a simpler existence and decided to leave their Vancouver home in favour of British Columbia’s rural Pender Island. With fewer stressors and a slower lifestyle, the pair embraced two years of introspection and artistic creation in their respective mediums. Nothingness’s debut full length, Being, is the culmination of those efforts.
Featuring long time friends and frequent collaborators Caton Diab (C. Diab), Justin Devries (Summering, Gamelan Bike Bike), and Paul Stewart (Summering), Nothingness have created an album that plumbs the abyss of despair and the warming light of the sublime, and the video for second single, Sun Of Mine, exemplifies this dynamic.
The track, which fuses elements of post-rock and drone, is accompanied by images of a burnt hillside forest at sunset, filmed by Young on a drive through the West Kootenays in south-central BC two summers ago. The beauty lies in the details of both the song and its slow building visual accompaniment, which has a natural amber toned light filter caused by the sunlight passing through the haze of forest fire smoke.
Being will be available through Vancouver label Big Smoke on January 20th, 2017 and will be accompanied by a full band tour of western Canada, with an album release show to be held at Hidden City Records in Vancouver on February 10th.