Crying High is the new project from Toronto-born multimedia artist D Kleiser who makes ghostly, appealing low-fi pop. His debut album, titled 斤, will be released on April 22 via Montreal label Arbutus Records (former home of Grimes, current home of TOPS, Braids and more). We’ve got the premiere of the video for “Hold Yr Terror Close” which was directed by Airick Woodhead of Doldrums. (Kleiser did the artwork for Doldrums’ 2015 album, The Air Conditioned Nightmare.) Says Kleiser:
Sarah Brunning sings with me on this song. We have been very close friends since high school, and this is our song. I can still remember how excited she was to show it to me, and how we both sat and took it in; how Chi Fukami honest word had just hit the nail on the goddamn head, and how sad-and-then-safe she made us feel in her honesty and vulnerability in the face the inherent horror of living and being alive. The video was filmed by Airick Woodhead of Doldrums, another dear and long time friend to both Sarah and I. It was shot on 16mm film in High Park, Toronto — which is where I “grew up”.
Watch the video, and check out the album tracklist, below.
Crying High will also be touring this spring in both Canada and Europe. All dates are listed below.
01. Columnated Ruins Domino
02. Of Kleisonia
03. Brave the Waves
04. Put Light Around Me
05. Hold Yr Terror Close
08. Rites of Org
10. You Should Have Yr Dream
12. We Are Shapes + Colours
CRYING HIGH – 2019 TOUR DATES
March 30 – Montreal, QC @ La Plante
April 19 – Toronto, ON @ handlebar
April 20 – Montreal, QC @ Brasserie Beaubien
May 20 – Brussels, BE @ CHAFF
May 26 – Manchester UK @ Yesfest
May 27 – London UK @ Private Party
May 28 – London UK @ The Victoria
May 29 – Paris FR @ L’International
May 31 – Krakow, PL @ Klub RE
June 1 – Prague, CZ @ A(VOID) Floating Gallery
June 3 – Berlin, DE @ Private Party