Devin Townsend's Call Of The Void2022-09-27 by Fernando Alves STAFF | 46 Comments
|Canadian jack of all trades Devin Townsend has shared the second single, 'Call Of The Void', from his upcoming studio album Lightwork, due out October 28th. The music video, directed and edited once again by the man himself, can be seen below.|
Hey all =) Dev here again...
So here’s the second single from Lightwork. This song is ‘Call Of The Void’ and while It isn’t particularly complex, its a really good vibe and I hope you like it. As much as it may be too ‘pop’ for a lot of metal fans, those who know my work will probably know I have been going back and forth between brutal things and chill things since the very beginning, so this probably wont come as much of a surprise.
And at the end of the day, it’s one of the things I felt like saying after all the tumult of the past few years. 'Dialing it down' seemed a bit more appropriate to me than 'revving it up'.
...‘Dev’ Leppard I guess =)
When I sat to write Lightwork, I wasn’t sure what would appear and was honestly surprised at what came out. After the chaos of 'The Puzzle', I suppose I needed to write something bright, optimistic, and linear. The thing that was most surprising to me about the music that came out was that it was (by and large) pretty chilled out. I can understand why some other musicians came through this period with lots of rage and fury, but frankly… I just wasn’t feeling that. I was pretty drained and wanted something to cool me down a bit.
Writing something like ‘Call Of The Void’ was done with the intention of having something to listen to on a nice bright morning. Mixing and recording this song also gave me a bit of respite from the perpetual chaos in the media, and I can only hope it has a similar effect on some others.
I want to give credit to Martin Kennedy and his song ‘Can You Hear The Sound’ for inspiring this track a few years ago. Every now and then a song just hits ‘right’, and that track and album (The Slow Light) was the soundtrack of a great couple of months a few years back. Thanks Martin =)
Sometimes through difficult times come realizations. For me: there came a realization over the last two years that to do anything other than follow what inspires me is pointless at this stage. And although there will undoubtedly be people who will be disappointed, fundamentally are we not meant to change? Who knows, but at any rate: I always keep changing, so here’s music from that process.
The concept of the song is based around the ‘call of the void’ as an analogy for intrusive thoughts. I first heard the term describing 'the temptation to hurl yourself over the cliff when your driving a car'… or to 'put your hand in the fire when you know you’ll get burned’ etc… thoughts that you know are wrong, but you fear that you won’t be able to control the impulses to deny it. The point being: often I feel we have a choice, and trying not to lose sight of that was very important to me during recent difficult times.
In terms of the visuals:
All through lockdown, I really fell in love with ‘cabview train journeys’ that ‘Railway Cowgirl’ and others were posting on YouTube. Essentially, they are often full, first person journeys to cold and distant places, far from the chaos of the world, with a sense of constant momentum really calmed me. Maybe being on tour for so many years is what made it a comfort to watch during lockdown, but in any event, I started writing with the videos playing in the background in the studio and so I thought it would be appropriate for this video.
(Thank you 'Railway Cowgirl’ for the permission to use these clips. if while viewing this video you enjoy the footage, please visit her YouTube channel and check out all her wonderful content.)
In regards to the ’story’ of these three videos, the character is now on the train headed to where the Lighthouse is located.
So there you go… song two. It’s about not letting the chaos of the world shake you. Trying to stay calm at our center to try and get through it all.
Take care =)
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This is my favorite of the lite Devin tracks to date. While the others showed a longing for peacefulness, this actually seems to reflect achieving it. It leaves a lot at the door, yknow?
This is a great song. I had my doubts that this would be more of the hard rock stadium stuff he's already done to death but I love the laid back feel of the two tracks he's put out so far.
expecting big vaporwave vibes with that video thumbnail
Prob one of my favorite chill songs I’ve ever heard him do for sure, if but a bit too long
ah, Dev does the same smileycon as I - =D
I think I got it from some anime-related community in the early 00's - they would do this one too ^_^ early (or mid, more like) kawaii thing
chill as sleepin in a meat locker - nice track - go (temporarily not-so) hevydevy
Didn’t like the first track but loved this!
I fucking love trains
he seems to have watched the same norwegian train ride videos as me when the pandemic first took off
love this guy
This one is good, very catchy! I agree with Nash that's it's a bit too long but a fun listen nonetheless. I'm looking forward to hearing the whole album.
>"he seems to have watched the same norwegian train ride videos as me when the pandemic first took off"
What the hell, I've been doing this too. Even the exact same channel.
Fantastic track. As much as I love his heavier side, his albums like ghost and casualties of cool are amongst my favorites so it makes me happy to hear more laid back tracks like this. Pumped for this album!
"What the hell, I've been doing this too. Even the exact same channel."
Haven't enjoyed a Devin track this much since Casualties. Tentatively excited for the new release.
Truly beautiful song, one of his best in a while I would say. That chorus is classic Dev.
So wait is this album not gonna have any of the godawful heavy stuff? If so I am hyped
This dude's solo music peaked with Ocean Machine
Every artist peaks at some point, not like the rest of his output hasn't had many quality moments.
This was good
"So wait is this album not gonna have any of the godawful heavy stuff? If so I am hyped"
What am I even listening to a Devin Townsend record for if there isn't a 16-minute heavy metal mini-rock opera about a double cheeseburger?
This was a great song, I've felt like Devin has needed a chill album for a while and I'm excited to hear this one in its entirety.
Also yeah crazy that Devin has used footage in this video from train cab ride videos that I watch to relax.
jay i saw what you had written previously
"This dude's solo music peaked with Ocean Machine" That's a timeless masterpiece fs but he has consistently released excellent albums. Actually I think Empath is a classic.
Empath is really great. I love the live versions of the songs more though
didn't care for empath unfortunately
Did you try the live versions on Order of Magnitude? They're awesome and the production is way better imo
Empath has some insane highs on it.
Track is a vibe, loving it.
Empath for me was like peaking on LSD and this album feels like a nice and comfortable and solemn come down, feeling like I learned something.
"Did you try the live versions on Order of Magnitude?" not yet
On a completely different note, I'm curious what everyone thinks of "THRICE'S NEW SINGLE" *hint hint sputnik lol
Moon people grew on me but I instantly connected with this one.
Classic Dev and the two tracks are giving me a more mellow, humble Empath vibe.
Nice one Devvy
really very nice and good
I can dig
has dev seriously not played a show in canada since feb 2020??? and nothing planned for the rest of his tour... wtf dude
"Cozy" is indeed the perfect word for this song. I need a blanket and a nice cup of coffee now.
Yeah this song is a treasure, been playing it non stop.
devin townsends left buttcheek
it's very simple and cozily poppy, but i like it as an artistic move for him to finally just do a pop album not weighted down by as many metal riffs and goofy electronics as Addicted!
Song and vid hit me at the right moment. Lovin the chill Dev.
One of the musicians of all tome so stoked for this
This isn’t metal.
snuggly blankets aren't made of metal!