Envy of None (ft. Rush’s Alex Lifeson) Shares New Video for “Never Said I Love You”; Debut Album Available Now

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Envy of None, the brand new musical project of Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, recently arrived with its debut self-titled record.

A collaboration between Lifeson, Andy Curran (Coney Hatch), producer/engineer Alfio Annibalini and singer Maiah Wynne, Envy of None takes a decidedly different approach than his other material, to say the least — a fresh musical adventure for the gifted musician.

Here’s a video for the album’s opening track, “Never Said I Love You,” which was premiered on Monday:

Said Curran of the video and song:

“’Never Said I Love You’ is a very special one for me and Alf. It had been kicking around for a while in a demo form and the bed track always felt like it had so much potential. When we wrote the backing tracks we were certainly feeling it had some punk/pop overtones, I think we were channelling late 80’s Brit pop vibrations and I came up with the lyric line “I Never Said I Love You” again inspired by bands like The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths & Ultravox who all wrote about broken hearts on the dance floors around the world ..so I thought it was time to re-introduce that theme but with something that was more upbeat. When Maiah and I spoke about this she liked that lyrical hook and ran with it. The icing was Alex coming in & in the 11th hour adding the awesome middle section that sounds like pedal steel and the acoustic guitars in the chorus just elevate it to the next level. My initial thought lyrically was more of a -back off, I never said I love you. Kinda like, hey were just friends but I love how Maiah turned that into something much different.”

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A video for “Look Inside” was also recently shared ahead of the album’s launch:

Lifeson was drawn to the Envy of None project, he said in a statement, thanks to the vibrant presence of Maiah Wynne:

“Maiah became my muse. She was able to bring this whole new ethereal thing through her sense of melody on tracks like Liar and Look Inside. After hearing her vocals on Never Said I Love You, I felt so excited. I’ve never had that kind of inspiration working with another musician. When we say she’s special, it’s because she’s really fucking special!”4

“One of my favourite things about these songs is the intimacy of them,” added Wynne. “It makes them feel different and more honest. There are some heavier songs too, like Enemy, and then tracks like Kabul Blues, that sound completely different to anything else.”

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