John Lennon told us, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans." And while Snarky Puppy leader Michael League was in Montreal making other plans—he heard the voice of local resident Malika Tirolien who’d ended up in Canada following a circuitous journey from the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe.
A chance exchange between the two kindred spirits led to League writing some music and melodies specifically for her which he sent to Tirolien with lyrical concepts attached. Tirolien then wrote lyrics and melodies, demoing and ping-ponging the new content back to Michael who was on the road with other bands until they had created an album's worth of songs.
Singing in both Creole and French, Tirolien’s words draw nuanced pictures of the struggles we face in our world today—racism, the refugee crisis, a dying planet, apathy towards human suffering—and offer words of thankfulness for those things which unify us, as well as hope for the future of our race.
League kept tinkering with his little experiment by trading his bass in for a baritone guitar and set out to build a band from scratch