Isabel & The Uncommons Release New Single and Video – “Distance”

Submitted by Sandy Graham

 Toronto band Isabel & The Uncommons are releasing a new single “DISTANCE,” written and sung by bandleader Isabel Fryszberg, who also provided the artwork for the accompanying video. The song, a languid tango about yearning for connection in a time of separation, was produced by Mitch Giěrio and features guitarist Steve Briggs, Rebecca Hennessy on trumpet, Gary Craig on drums and percussion, and Rebecca Campbell on background vocals.  

Check out “Distance” here:

 “Distance” is about the desire for intimacy and connection, at a time when it’s being challenged at every turn. “When I wrote this song, I was thinking about how our everyday handshake, social kiss, and hug have become dramatically altered now,” Fryszberg explains. “The way we relate to each other socially has changed, and now carries an underlying tension. But these were unconscious thoughts, and the song came about very intuitively. It germinated from a place of longing for fearless touch, embrace, dance, and connection.”

“Distance” is a sensuous, sinuous tango – a dance that, ironically, depends on the two dancers constantly maintaining intimate contact with each other. More in keeping with the song title, each of the musicians recorded their parts separately, at different times and in different locations. Tangos naturally express tension and passion, as a Latin social dance which would be forbidden publicly today, as would all dances.

The animated music video for “Distance” is, in a word, stunning. Its delightful visuals combine textured watercolour backgrounds, fanciful figures in motion, and a few slightly surrealistic images – all of which truly engage the viewer. “Finally being able to fuse my original artwork to my music has been like a dream come true,” enthuses Fryszberg. “Ronley Teper and her partner Saul Lederman created wonderful magic in the video.”

Says Fryszberg, “The video for ‘Distance’ is my gift, intended as a lovely box of chocolates to open and enjoy on Valentine’s Day, no matter what your relationship status!”

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