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“It will only come back to you…”
A new year. A new decade. A new chance.
As many prepare to make good on their New Year’s resolutions, Aquakultre shines a light on a simple message: “Pay It Forward.”
Released on New Year’s Day, the latest single is a rallying cry for kindness. Enveloped in sparkling synth lines and retro tones that trace influences to the softer sides of Prince or Quincy Jones, the track reminds us all to listen to each other, to connect on a deeper level, and to “give a shoulder” if “you get the chance to help out.”
“The concept of ‘Pay It Forward’ has been a driving force in my way of life,” says Lance Sampson, the silver-tongued and soulful vocalist also known as Aquakultre. “It has played such a big role in my personal growth, my personality, and my morals, and has definitely helped me re-frame some of life’s harder moments in a positive light.”
Expanding on the emotionally powerful neo-soul of “I Doubt It,” which was released in the fall of 2019, “Pay It Forward” is the closing track on the forthcoming Aquakultre full-length, Legacy. In addition to being the final song on the album, it was also the final song recorded during the residency sessions at the National Music Centre - an opportunity afforded to the group after winning CBC’s Searchlight competition and participating in the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class. The hopefulness of the song – both in the music and the lyrics - provides an ample reminder to listeners to pay attention to what’s most important in life.
“The musicality of the track has such a positive vibe to it, it wraps you up in this feeling of warmth,” says Sampson. “I think the tracks before it are so heavy, it was only right to remind people to be kind to one another.”
Legacy is due out in May 2020.
Waking up to cold sweats in summer / I’v been in a dark place no wonder why I'm, alone / an eye for an eye I guess I'm reading it wrong / I learned pay it forward, and it's worked for me / now that I found, the key / I spread that gift to the world, ‘cause its needed / we're in a time we're loosing touch with the sea / it may give you the reason to open that / it may give you the keys to your happiness back / if you get a chance, to help out give a shoulder / it will only come back, to you in the end, oh in the end / it will only come back, it will only come back to you / it will only come back, it will only come back to you / it will only come back, it will only come back to you / it will only come back, it will only come back to you / law makers , risk takers / and trust breakers, where the fuck is you heart at / I'm recalling the days, I made a promise to myself I would change , oh / dark skin, light skin, brown skin white skin / don’t let that distract you from showing true compassion / dark skin, light skin, brown skin white skin / don’t let that distract you from showing true compassion / it might give you the reason to open that / it might give you the keys to your happiness back / if you get a chance, to help out give a shoulder / it will only come back, to you in the end, oh in the end / it will only come back, it will only come back to you / it will only come back, it will only come back to you / it will only come back, it will only come back to you / it will only come back, it will only come back to you /
released January 1, 2020
Graphic Design and Artwork by Shane Keyu Song
Composed by Aquakultre
Produced by Aquakultre & Cheryl Hann
Engineered by Jason Tawkin, Eric Cinnamon
Mixed by Jeremy Costello, Charles Austin, Francisco Lopes, at Ocean Floor Recordings
Written & Vocals by Lance Sampson
Linn Drum by Cheryl Hann
Keys by Lance Sampson
Mini Moog Bass by Lance Sampson
Background vocals by Jeremy Costello, Nathan Doucet, Nick Dourado, Cheryl Hann, Julia Hutt, Georgina Mo Sampson-Hutt
Organ & Saxophone(s) by Nick Dourado
Drums & Percussion by Nathan Doucet
Synthesizer(s) Jeremy Costello
Lance Sampson aka Aquakultre traces roots through his childhood home in Halifax’s Uniacke Square community to his ancestors
in Africville, through the United States and ultimately to Nigeria; His music and lyrics are a poignant reflection of this truth, the story of his personal evolution, and his place in community as an African-Nova Scotian.
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