The Weather Holds is the latest project and supergroup formed by Montreal-based producer and composer Devon Bate whose career is rife with secret contributions to contemporary Canadian music, theatre, and dance.
As the producer behind JUNO Award and Polaris Prize winning albums for artists such as Jeremy Dutcher and Jean-Michel Blais, Devon has built friendships and relationships that have shaped his compositional voice. He partnered with artist Julia Milz to direct the music video for new single “With the Heat, Move Slowly” who “interpreted, and understood, the song so intimately.” The Weather Holds is fundamentally about recognizing those connections, bringing disparate worlds of Canadian indie and contemporary classical music together, grounded in prairie soil and nourished with a Montrealaise spirit of experimentation.
Devon prefaces “With the Heat, Move Slowly,” advising that “if it feels like you have the ability to see into the future, and you don’t like what you see, sometimes it’s best just to stop looking – if we’re heading towards something bad, let’s head towards it slowly.”
Forthcoming debut LP (out May 20th), You Couldn’t Ask For a More Beautiful Day, is a precarious return to his folk roots with the electroacoustic influences of his musical training: a nostalgic remembrance of busking in Winnipeg, the careful curation of CDs on bus rides, and fog-ridden memories that sound like experimental country but smell like forest fire smoke.