Orillia’s alt indie rockers Reay have worked long and hard on their upcoming album Butterfly Tongue Revisited. Lead singer Sean Murray, a veteran Ontario musician, has made it a labour of love, and their classic yet refreshing “Lemondrop Girl” is the latest single ahead of the release.
“This has been a project of perseverance,” Murray said of the album. “It’s been in the works for close to 15 years. Right from the beginning, I knew these songs were special. And since then, I have put so much time and effort and sweat into finishing them. It’s been weighing on my shoulders for so long. There have been so many times I wanted to give up, but my soul would never have rested. I could never have gone to my grave without putting out these songs. It would have been the biggest regret of my life. So I just kept coming back to it whenever I had the chance — and now it’s finally finished. And it’s the most soul-cleansing experience of my life.”
Reay are Murray (lead vocals, guitar & keys), Bayze Murray (guitar & Keys), Ryan Smith (guitar), Chad VanDusen (bass), and Matt Copeland (drums).
Butterfly Tongue Revisited comes out on September 6, and Murray promises that the album will have a lot of surprises.
“Every single song, we tore the drum kit down and set it up in a different space. Sometimes we used a different snare or ride cymbal,” Murray said. “A lot of the songs have two drum tracks, one on either side of the mix. There are a lot of delays and hypnotic beats. In some cases, we recorded over a dozen guitar tracks that we edited down into two or three performances. We used a real cello. We had a trombone player and a flautist come in to do parts. Putting it all together was like painting a picture. It’s definitely an ear massage. And now, nobody can really put their finger on who it sounds like. It’s all over the map.”