Alex Henry Foster & The Long Shadows are readying their international album launch party with the ADISQ & iTunes Canada top charting album, Windows in the Sky, which is set to release on May 1st.
Foster never shied from being at the avant-garde, from the beginning of his tenure with JUNO Award nominated group Your Favorite Enemies when broadcasting on Myspace before YouTube existed, to writing his album in self-isolation following the passing of his father back in 2016.
Following the significant response for his latest single “The Hunter (By the Seaside Window)” released with a live broadcast performance, Alex decided to go with an official album launch through social media given current pandemic conditions:
“I was wondering if I should do that live broadcast, but after talking with a lot of my friends, they told me how important it is to keep on embracing life regardless of what’s going on. I’m very supportive and sensitive to all who may have lost loved ones, and I know that people are struggling with losing their jobs and that there’s a lot of confusion right now, so I thought it would be my way to bring a little bit of brightness and light through it all, with a very modest and humble intent.” —Alex
Watch the video “The Hunter (By the Seaside Window)”:
Alex Henry Foster is not only a Christian post rocker but is one of special significance, especially following the passing of his father in 2016. In an interview with CBC, Alex Henry Foster talked about his spiritual perspectives, God, music and the campaign for his first solo project called Windows in the Sky: “I’ve successfully avoided talking about my faith in the media for years,” at the end of his interview on the connections between God and music, he refers to Grammy night, saying, “When those people get up at the Grammys and say, ‘I thank God’, I always imagine God going, ‘Oh, don’t…Please don’t thank me for that one…’ In other words, I’m a Christian by faith, not by genre or label, and music is my weapon.”
Alex has always been dedicated to reaching out to his generation through music that would speak people’s language based on what Jesus did when it came to faith, forgiveness, grace and eternity. After spending a decade as the leader of Your Favorite Enemies, Foster describes his first solo project as a contemplative and reflective landscape where purposelessness, vulnerability and disarray press for an honest examination of the true character of your personal spirituality, the distress of your life’s failures and the everlasting sense of regret that keeps on blooming as you try to survive the implacable bewilderment of loss and the mourning reality of your own impermanent existence.
The story of Alex Henry Foster & The Long Shadows might be this: having begun as a band that was uncertain about the idea of pursuing a life of faith through music, they have resolved that uncertainty. Their thin ecclesiology has become thick, to the point of buying an old Catholic church to convert it into a professional recording studio. Today, they are their own faith community; they even have a philanthropic arm, which has improved the lives of thousands of people around the world, which renews the vows of the almost abandoned church to be a shelter to those who need.
Watch Alex Henry Foster & The Long Shadows 60-minute Facebook Live event on May 1: https://www.facebook.com/prog/videos/1514162032079476