The Motet Announces New Album ‘Death Or Devotion’ & Shares Single

By Scott Bernstein Oct 29, 2018 10:25 am PDT

Colorado funk act The Motet will self-release a new studio album entitled Death Or Devotion on January 25. The seven-piece recently issued the album’s lead single, “Whacha Gonna Bring.”

Death Or Devotion marks the first Motet album in which vocalist Lyle Divinsky, saxophonist Drew Sayers trumpeter and Parris Fleming were involved with every aspect of the record from the start. “The essence is always going to be the groove, but we wanted to expand the idea of what a funk album could be,” said Divinsky. “Of course, you want a driving backbeat. However, with the division that’s going on in this country and the world, I think it’s every artist’s responsibility to create a conversation. That conversation doesn’t have to be political either. It can be about love or an introspective journey. I think the commentary should be on what it’s like to be alive today. By drawing on funk, we create a fun, palatable musical vehicle for the message to go down. Our goal is for you to recognize we’re all dancing on the same dance floor-even though our steps may look a little different.”

“Whacha Gonna Bring” has been released by The Motet in conjunction with voter registration non-profit HeadCount‘s Get Out The Vote Campaign. The Motet encourages fans to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections. “The song is as much a deep pocket heavy groove as it is a reminder that each and every individual has the opportunity to make their voice heard, not only by voting but by bringing positivity and joy to the table,” reads part of a press release announcing the album and single. “The Motet is a longtime HeadCount partner and has always been a band we consider to be ‘family,’ says HeadCount’s Executive Director Andy Bernstein. “We are touched that they thought of us when releasing ‘Whacha Gonna Bring,’ and the song’s message truly resonates.” Stream “Whacha Gonna Bring” below:

In other The Motet news, Relix will provide a free webcast of the band’s Halloween show live from Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas featuring special guest Jennifer Hartswick. Watch below starting at 11 p.m. PT on Wednesday night:

Death Or Devotion Tracklist

  1. Highly Compatible
  2. Whacha Gonna Bring
  3. Joke’s On Me
  4. Death Or Devotion
  5. Get It Right
  6. Kneebone
  7. Supernova
  8. Contagious
  9. Speed Of Light

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