For the most part, Broken Social Scene has been on an indefinite hiatus for the last four years, only reuniting briefly for a pair of performances at Arts & Crafts’ Field Trip Festival in 2013 and 2014, and joining forces with fellow Canadian rockers Years for the 2013 single “Day of the Kid”. Today marks another brief spurt in BSS activity, as the band has shared a previously unreleased song called “Golden Facelift”.
Though the track dates back to the sessions for 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record, it’s only now being released as part of Broadsheet Music: A Year in Review, a compilation album of songs inspired by the biggest news stories in 2014.
In a statement, BSS said “Golden Facelift” draws upon themes of “reclamation and human accountability,” adding, “It is a song we as a band all felt strongly about lyrically and musically and we wanted to give it a proper unveiling when the time was right. We feel that chance is now as this year draws to a close. 2014 has not been without its beauty, but it has also been a year of incredible brutality and all of humanity has a great deal to answer for. As songwriters and creative artists we want the world to know Broken Social Scene’s aim is to be a voice that will champion underdogs and the idea of goodness on this planet upon which we all take up valuable space.”
“Golden Facelift” serves as the opening track for Broadsheet Music, which also features contributions from Brendan Canning, Zeus, Jason Collett, and Fucked Up, who submitted a 17-minute Italian opera entitled “Voce Rubata”. Stream the entire thing below, or download it over at The Globe & Mail.