Premiere: Sister Ray Shares New Single “Good News”

Premiere: Sister Ray Shares New Single “Good News”

New LP Communion Coming May 13th via Royal Mountain Records

Apr 19, 2022

Photography by Vanessa Heins

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Sister Ray is the project of Canadian singer/songwriter Ella Coyes. Steeped in influences from folk, country, and indie rock, Coyes makes music that revels in the unseen and unvarnished parts of their inner world, meditating on identity, generational trauma, guilt, and recovery. These intimate folk portraits have come together on their upcoming debut album, Communion, due out May 13th via Royal Mountain Records.

With the full album out next month, Coyes has shared one last single from the record with their new song, “Good News,” premiering with Under the Radar.

“Good News” evokes both light and ambling pastoral elements and dark raw turmoil, contrasting the track’s airy acoustic feel with an eerie undercurrent. Coyes’ lyrics trace the path of intergenerational trauma, offering a series of stark and plaintive lyrical vignettes. Death incarnate follows Coyes through each scene, an ever-present looming figure stalking their family. She confesses, My cousins call out in the winter / What I wish I could give them / But there’s no pedigree when we’re half breeds / Have you at least heard the good news / They said we will save you / Death meanders around the room.”

As Coyes explains: “This song is about my frustration watching me, members of my family, and the people around me experiencing issues that have affected us intergenerationally – and continue to do so – and see many suffer in silence. It’s written like a series of vignettes about a few moments that have really stood out in my memory. At first, it didn’t click with me that this song sounded so light because it felt heavy to me, but I feel now that a big part of this song is the freedom that I feel in the actual act of airing out those things that I would have willfully ignored or hidden from.”

Check out the song and video below. Communion is out May 13th via Royal Mountain Records.

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Title : Sister Ray - Good News
Artist : Sister Ray
Duration : 02:56
Size : 4.03 MB
Source : Youtube Music/Video
Type of file : Audio/Video (.mp3 .mp4)

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LYRICS

My brother calls me in distress
looking for another breath
say I’ve only got one left in the pack
Says I’m calling from a bloody bed
don’t worry I think that’s all of it
and Death enters
Head back to the house
where he said it all went down
the lights are on the ground now
But to tell you the truth out loud I didn’t have the heart to hear the sounds
Death was all around
We don’t live there now
we reminisce about the sweet smells
all the ones we tucked in the breast of our blouse
Like deep snow in December
first cigarette of summer
bannock in the oven

But can you imagine a crowd?
Would you imagine a crowd around you now?
In front of all the people

My cousins call out in the winter
what I wish I could give them
but there’s no pedigree when we’re half breeds
Have you at least heard the good news
they said we will save you
Death meanders around the room
I have this dream I can’t feel anything
I guess it’s more a fantasy

But can you imagine a crowd?
Would you imagine a crowd around you now?
In front of all of the people
In front of all of the people
In front of all of the people


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