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The Tourist Company – Fractured State

Written Friday, September 13

I am so excited for the next album from The Tourist Company. Their latest single, Fractured State, is great track with an anthemic chorus and a great beat that starts the song and carries it all the way through. I can already imagine a crowd of fans singing, “We can’t live our lives like this. We can tell it’s taking its toll.” 

Again they’ve proven they’re great at creating a catchy, radio-ready song that perfectly checks all the boxes you need for a great single. About three minutes long. Check. Great beat. Check. Catchy chorus. Check.

It’s definitely a more stoic song than the last single, Conflicted / Restricted, which had a much more upbeat rhythm and tempo. It’s interesting that both tracks have the phrase “taking its toll”. In Conflicted / Restricted its in the bridge, whereas in Fractured State it’s in the chorus. The lyrical content of both singles are a bit bleak, though it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the songs are about. It makes me wonder if the upcoming album will be full of these somewhat bleak themes. 

An interesting little side note: on the new singles the name on the cover is just “Tourist Company” without the “The”. So it looks like they might be dropping the “The” from their name. On their website they refer to themselves as just “Tourist Company” in their bio, whereas the covers of past albums and singles were “The Tourist Company”. Not that it really matters. The music is great either way.

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My name is Francis Baptiste. I'm an Indigenous singer/songwriter in Vancouver, BC, an avid supporter of the Vancouver music scene, a contributing writer to Citrus Magazine, Permanent Rain Press, Music Existence, City Soundcheck, and the leader of the band Bird Parade. I'm also a recovering alcoholic and a divorced single father. Music and writing help me combat depression and relapse. For me, creativity, productivity, and community are essential to healing. There's so much incredible music in this city. You can learn more about the music I make on this page. I think it's good to be open about what you're dealing with, so below are some funny pictures of me from the last time I relapsed. It's important to find humour in dark times.

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