Jay Feelbender Shares New Single 'Calling Out Your Name' Featuring Luna Li

Published: June 24, 2022
As originally published by Kaelen Bell on Exclaim!

Jay Feelbender has shared a new single called "Calling Out Your Name," which features his partner and fellow Toronto art-pop phenom Luna Li

A wily, chugging ballad, "Calling Out Your Name" is the first taste of a new EP set to be released this September. It finds Feelbender and Li trading verses over steady drums and digitized guitars before joining voices for a lovelorn, light-as-air chorus. 

"'Calling Out Your Name' is a song about moving on from the past," Feelbender said in a statement about the track. "It features a late-night missed connection, and the sense of longing for someone who may never come." 

"The song aims to capture the feeling of a fleeting romance on a cool summer night," he continued. "It was a mix of moods that worked really well with slick modern synth and drum machine elements, backing up raw and emotional lyrics."

The song was inspired by the time spent together by the two artists during lockdown — Feelbender describes Li as a grounding force at the time. "Seeing her every day, writing music together and creating alongside one another was one of the only positives for me at that time," he explained. "In a total pit of darkness, she was this light."

Li released her debut full-length Duality earlier this year. Last month, she performed alongside Japanese Breakfast on the SNL stage, handling keyboards and violins for Michelle Zauner's 8H debut.

In March, Feelbender released his Enter the Mirror EP. 

Check out "Calling Out Your Name" below. 

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