Featuring Tara Jane O’Neil on slide guitar, Red River Dialect‘s new single My Friend follows first track Snowdon (with Joan Shelley) and a solo performance video of album opener Blue Sparks that songwriter David Morris recorded at Gampo Abbey, the Buddhist monastery in Nova Scotia where he resided after recording the new album, Abundance Welcoming Ghosts, which is out September 27th on Paradise of Bachelors. The Fountain caught up with the band about the new single.

TF: A new single, how exciting, what has the reception been like so far? 

It’s hard to know. It can be easy to get lost in the numbers of streams and that kind of thing, either positively or negatively! Any release brings up various hopes and fears, and the numbers can really provoke those. I’m working on not being led around by the nose by these metrics and the insecurities I have that they hook. The reception that I most care about is whether something can be communicated from the heart to another heart. And that’s a hard reception to assess with recordings. 

TF: With a title like My Friend, it sounds warm and welcoming, perhaps what we need right now?

There’s a definite statement to this song, about wanting to keep connection to a lover even if the relationship has to change. It’s about being willing to go into the difficult spaces of uncertainty, when we put ourselves at risk of having more to lose rather than armouring ourselves by closing off connections to others when things get difficult or painful. 

TF: And is the first from an EP or an album that we can see the release of later in 2019?  

This is the second single coming from our new record Abundance Welcoming Ghosts which is out on September 27th!

TF: Will you be promoting the single with a tour at all, will we have the pleasure of seeing you live? 

We are currently booking a tour for February 2020 and we are very much hoping to play some shows in Scotland. Anyone interested in booking us can write on [email protected]  

TF: And how was it, working with Tara Jane O’Neil? 

It was a joy, and genuine and with playfulness, which seems to be what Tara gives to the world through her music. Tara and I met for the first time when I helped her book a UK tour back in 2013. I had been a fan of her music for many years, especially the album A Ways Away, which crystallizes a certain time in my life. We haven’t had the chance to hang out since, but we correspond and we talk about life. So she recorded these guitar parts from somewhere out on the West Coast, USA… I heard them just before I went away to Canada to live in the monastery, and it was like you made a nice treehouse in the woods and in the night a spirit visited and left beautiful golden strands weaved around it in the trees.