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Xana announces bold new LP The Sex Was Good Until It Wasn’t & shares steamy, queer empowerment ode ‘Better Kind of Best Friend’

Today, Vancouver-based rising pop artist Xana announces her bold, empowering sophomore album The Sex Was Good Until It Wasn’t due out May 10. Alongside the announcement, Xana shares the first taste of the project with risqué track and video ‘Better Kind Of Best Friend’ out everywhere now. The forthcoming gripping collection sees Xana confront dark truths and deep pain as she learns to process and heal past wounds through shimmering melodies, captivating vocals and candid, clever lyricism.

The Sex Was Good Until It Wasn’t goes where the artist has never gone before, touching on incredibly personal–and at times traumatic–subject matter. Over fifteen vivid tracks, she puts herself in the driver’s seat, taking charge of her own story while offering listeners a place of refuge and freedom. Unbound to a single genre or a particular moment, the album unapologetically builds a heartfelt world that is as explosive and bright as it is profound and dark, providing the necessary space for all–Xana included–to heal. Xana sees this body of work as a refined, fully formed evolution from her past work, in part due to her brutally honest songwriting and the free-flowing trust built with producers Liam Moes and Shane Stephenson. Thrilled to welcome listeners into this new cosmic world, Xana explains, “It’s an album that I’ve been wanting to write for a long time and I went into it knowing exactly what its purpose would be.”

The first taste of the forthcoming album out today, ‘Better Kind Of Best Friend’ is an ode to confidence and queer empowerment that leaves little to the imagination. With a steady build, the sultry pop-rock track is a raw celebration of sexual pleasure and bodily autonomy. The song’s inclusion on the album adds a new dimension, bringing levity, pleasure and depth to a project that delves into heavy topics, leading Xana to ask, “What’s an album about the horrors of sex without a song about the wonders of sex?” With queerness, and queer sex in particular, rarely spoken about positively publically if at all, Xana hopes to shed light on the beauty and joy of queer sex. Xana adds, “As a queer person, my relationship with sex all my life has been a challenging road to navigate, and I think it’s really important to remind people that sex isn’t the end all be all and sex is allowed to be–and supposed to be–fun and lighthearted and pleasurable for all parties.”

The Sex Was Good Until It Wasn’t:

  1. Lip Service
  2. the sex was good!
  3. Better Kind of Best Friend
  4. Homewrecking Era
  5. Monster
  6. Sick Joke
  7. 15
  8. Lavender Daughter
  9. FERAL
  10. BODY
  11. The Kicker
  12. Earth Eyes
  13. Alibi
  14. 4ever
  15. January

Photo credit: Lindsey Blane

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