Video Premiere: “Fishing with Pirates” by Carl Lorusso Jr.

“Fishing with Pirates” is the lead single from Carl Lorusso Jr.’s fourth album, “Murder Tools”, which will be released in late September. His 2017 album, “100 Broken Words”, was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award in the category of “Best Folk/Blues”. His music blends rugged, smoky vocals with vulnerable, thoughtful lyrics that can invoke the loneliness of a late night walk through downtown streets, or the chaos of a good party.

Working with 2-time NOW Magazine ‘Producer of the Year’ Harrison Fine, Lorusso’s newest effort presents a fresh chapter in his decade-long songwriting career, with artistic nods to Tom Waits & John Prine, as well as contemporary artists such as Nathaniel Rateliff & Ben Caplin.    

From producer Harrison Fine; “His bourbon-soaked music transports listeners back to the heyday of folk music – when Dylan and Simon were still being discovered. His lyrical mastermind gifts the talented songwriter an ability to paint vivid and colourful imagery for his audiences – a picture he so poetically and humbly shares at each performance. Carl is a powerhouse wordsmith whose songs represent the dystopian view of a youthful generation.”     

From the Artist:

“The song “Fishing with Pirates”, much like the album it’s featured on, was written in the early morning hours after nights spent in Kensington Market, playing music and hanging around a great crowd of folks. The album has been in the works for a couple of years, and my producer Harrison has found a tone which creates a perfect environment for my words. I’m awful proud of the work we’ve done together.

The video for “Pirates” was born from a bunch of home videos that my dad found over the holidays last year. Something about the contrast between the footage & the song intrigued me; the juxtaposition of a kid stumbling around his childhood country home, learning how to swim, getting into trouble, set to lyrics that tell the story of being a 20-something burnout in the big city. I laughed a lot while editing it together; it’s kind of ridiculous, & random, much like the way I like to write songs.”