If you have Spotify and haven’t already, you need to check out the discover weekly feature. Every week (I want to say Monday but I don’t always get around to it right away so that may have changed without me noticing), some sort of magical algorithms generate you a two hourish long playlist of songs they think you might like based on what you and people who like the same things as you have been listening to. I’ve talked about it on Twitter, but I don’t remember having mentioned it here. Anyway, it’s creepily good at reading your tastes. In the few months I’ve been using it I think I’ve only skipped one song, which is damn impressive. It’s all been either stuff I know and like, stuff I don’t know but am glad to have heard and a few things I can tolerate enough not to get up and turn off.
So the other day I was listening to it, and an old Barenaked Ladies song came on. I don’t remember which one, but it was one of the Steven Page ones. It got me wondering when he was going to get around to putting out another album. It had been quite a while since he had, and I was starting to feel like he was overdue since his last one was so good. Well, it turns out he already has and I completely missed it. I seem to be pretty good at that.
There’s the first single, Surprise Surprise. It’s not bad on first listen, but I think it’s going to take a few more for me to fully appreciate it.
The full album, “Heal Thyself Pt. 1: Instinct,” came out on March 11th. He says in this interview that he’s already got another full album worth of material ready to go, hence the Pt. 1. That’s exciting. Hopefully it doesn’t take another six years for him to release it.