Today, February 12th, alternative phenom, Alex Henry Foster, released the first video of the project. Premiering the Standing Under Bright Lights lead single last week, “The Son of Hannah” reflects on keeping up hopes in moments of chaos, fear, and despair. Alex Henry Foster breaks into the scene with a uniquely raw perspective, gripping the audience in a new and emotional take on alternative rock.
Alex Henry Foster launched his debut solo album Windows in the Sky Nov. 9, 2018. The album’s critical and mass success would once again propel Foster to the forefront of the Canadian music scene where he stood for about a decade as the lead singer for Juno Awards-nominated, post-rock band Your Favorite Enemies before going on hiatus the moment he left for Tangier to mourn his father’s passing. This grieving period, which would last two years, became a journey to the end of his sorrowful desperation and is what would ultimately inspire and give life to the No. 1-selling Windows in the Sky. From Montreal and currently living in Virginia, Foster is using his music and lyrics to bring something greater than ourselves, and shares from personal experiences about depression, dreams, grief and hope. Along with the live album and concert film Standing Under Bright Lights releasing April 16, Foster is preparing to release his book If Only the Voices In My Head Couldn’t Lie later this year.
The music video was recorded live in front of a sold out show, Club Soda (July 2019), while AHF headlined the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The concert was named one of the top five events not to be missed by Canada’s national TV/Radio broadcaster CBC.
From Montreal and now residing in the highlands of Virginia, Foster’s full production, 11-piece band concert, Standing Under Bright Lights, was originally set to release October 8, 2020, which would have been his late father’s birthday. Instead, Foster decided to utilize the extra time the worldwide pandemic would give him to produce the recording and concert film.
The resulting project features “The Son of Hannah” along with every song from AHF’s debut solo album, Windows in the Sky, which hit No. 1 multiple times on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, staying in the Top 40 on the chart for a full year after its release. The songs from this celebrated album were re-invented for the live recording as the band performed along with a movie projection produced by Foster. Almost 2 hours and 30 minutes long, the concert at which Standing Under Bright Lights was recorded is now considered among the best concerts throughout the 40 years of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
Following the release of the album, Foster and his band are preparing to tour internationally with 23 dates in Europe set to begin in May, pandemic allowing.
The full Standing Under Bright Lights track listing follows:
1) The Son of Hannah
2) The Pain That Bonds (The Beginning Is the End)
3) Winter Is Coming In
4) Shadows of Our Evening Tides
5) The Hunter (By the Seaside Window)
6) Snowflakes in July
7) Summertime Departures
8) Lavender Sky
9) The Love That Moves (The End Is Beginning)
The single will be featured on his live triple-vinyl/double-CD, and concert film, Standing Under Bright Lights, which is set to release April 16 and is now available for preorder.