Madisyn Whajne today reveals the second single, “Killing Desire” to be taken from her forthcoming album Save Our Hearts which is out on November 18th. “Killing Desire” is available now on all music services.
“Killing Desire is a punk song at heart,” says Madisyn. “It turned into a fierce but dreamy indie pop song about finding hope when all seemed lost. In between the lines there is lust and desire, a love and a loss; pulling someone in closer but ultimately walking away.”
“I am inspired from bands like the Go’s Go’s and the Vaccines; but like most songs, it took on a life of its own. The video was shot in the back alleys of Toronto and at E5 studios in the west end of the city. It was a two person crew so we had fun and made the best of things!”
Madisyn Whajne has spent most of her life searching: for her purpose, for her family, for herself. Taken from her parents before the age of two as part of the infamous Sixties Scoop, in which the Canadian government forcibly rehoused tens of thousands of native children, the Indigenous artist grew up without ever knowing her real name, to say nothing of her heritage. As a result, Whajne’s life has been shaped by a hunger for truth and understanding, a hunger that lies at the core of her extraordinary debut, Save Our Hearts.
The album was recorded live to tape at Montreal’s famed Hotel2Tango studio with engineers Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, The Barr Brothers) and Shae Brossard (Bahamas, The Dears). Backed by her band and longtime friends—producer Jay McBride on bass, James Gray on guitar, and her husband, Bobby Bulat, on drums—Whajne walks a delicate tightrope between indie rock charm and punk bravado on the album, balancing hope and despair in equal measure as gritty guitars and muscular percussion mix with dreamy production and intoxicating hooks. The result is a captivating collection that hints at everything from Alvvays and Snail Mail to Rilo Kiley and Real Estate, an invigorating, bittersweet debut that insists on resilience and survival in the face of pain and heartbreak.