TUNE Boniface - Happy Birthday
SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”
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Today, Boniface shares the video for new song “Happy Birthday,” the first single since their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album released in February. Boniface - who uses they/them pronouns - is the brainchild and primary creative outlet for Canada’s Micah Visser. A young artist who has spent the last eighteen months finding not only their voice and this innate ear for deliriously affecting songcraft, but eventually finding themselves too; where they sit, their identity, and what they truly believe in and stand for.
The video features members of Girl Ray, Blaenavon and caroline as well as people from around the world celebrating their birthdays in quarantine. Visser has this to say about the video for Happy Birthday and it’s quarantine inspiration:
"I celebrated my birthday in isolation on April 22nd - it was a bit of an odd one and i remember being put off by the fact that there wasn't really a blueprint for the "right" way to celebrate. i was so lucky to have a safe place to isolate, but it was still an anxious, lonely birthday and i'm sure this experience wasn't unique to me. the idea for the music video stemmed from that - celebrations in isolation, seen through computer screens and video messages and it goes out to everyone that celebrated in lockdown, or are still keeping their distance x"
Praise for Boniface:
"What’s most fascinating about Boniface though is the sheer breadth of songwriting styles presented across this project...Visser is capable of writing almost every kind of song on the face of the planet, enormous ballads, slow lullabies, anthems and hits and bops, and all imbued with such a distinct sense of the writer behind them." - Uproxx
“Like the best of early 2000s emo or, hell, Taylor Swift’s 1989, Boniface is fully immersed, imparting a present-tense urgency on songs about learning how all those super-charged emotions fit together with the (melo)drama of self-discovery.” - Paste Magazine
"Boniface’s eponymous first LP is all at once a collection of shimmering synth-pop masterpieces and soul-shaking ballads." - Best Fit
"Lush synth pop and piano ballads comprise a catchy and vulnerable debut by Winnipeg singer/songwriter Micah Visser and band." - All Music
"...a dreamy yet danceable ode to both the beautiful and tragic aspects of love and the challenges of "Keeping Up" with them." - Earmilk
“Boniface's debut album is a complex, deeply personal pop masterpiece… What Lana Del Rey did last year for the 1970s singer-songwriter genre on Norman Fucking Rockwell, Boniface has managed to do for 1980s pop on this stunning, multifaceted debut album: embrace a genre while effortlessly elevating it.” - Pop Matters
“Much like their labemate [SOPHIE], Boniface effortlessly glides between the euphoric and the wounded, often presenting both simultaneously” - DIY
‘Boniface’ is a catalogue of Micah and their band’s most formative coming-of-age experiences, each moment captured in diary-like detail and set against a magnificently sprawling backdrop. Throughout the album, Micah reflects on falling in love and facing heartbreak whilst struggling with identity, never failing to find an ineffable beauty within all the pain. The result is a body of work both bracingly honest and powerfully exhilarating—an emotional journey that Visser encapsulates as “taking little detours and exploring the times when everything feels perfect.”
Growing up in Winnipeg, Visser wrote the songs for the album at home throughout during those tentatively indecisive late teens and early twenties, after shifts at the local coffee shop and lost nights in the city. This intimacy has been preserved on “Boniface”, with the songs largely recorded in the room they were written, with Visser’s brother Joey and longtime collaborator Micheal Dunn also on hand. The trio eventually travelled to London to finish up work with producer/engineer Neil Comber (Charli XCX, M.I.A., Glass Animals) who helped bring Boniface’s lavish arrangements to full and dazzling life.
Visser points to a certain touchstone behind the making of their full-length debut: a mission of gently encouraging others to embrace total vulnerability. “There’s so much negativity in the world, and it’s easy to get caught in that cycle of being closed off and negative too—and then projecting that onto other people, and just continuing the cycle,” says Visser. “I’ve found that in my personal life, pushing myself to be more open helps other people to open up as well, so then it becomes a cycle of positivity instead. And I know that it’s really scary to do that, but hopefully opening up in my music will help people to feel safe. I’d love for people to hear these songs and feel inspired, like they can do anything they want with their lives.”
This year has seen Boniface tour extensively on both sides of the Atlantic, earning stripes and getting match fit whilst performing alongside Foals, Let’s Eat Grandma, Blaenavon, The Joy Formidable White Lies, Sundara Karma and Circa Waves.
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