Crissi Cochrane Asks “Can We Go Back” With Pandemic-Inspired Single & Music Video Release

Acclaimed pop/soul singer-songwriter Crissi Cochrane returns with a new single and music video, offering sympathy for our collective exhaustion

As Windsor moves into Stage 3 and life begins to return to some of its pre-pandemic rhythms, local pop/soul singer-songwriter Crissi Cochrane is releasing a new single that speaks to the hard feelings of this strange summer. In “Can We Go Back”, Crissi stirs up nostalgia for simpler, easier times, with a strong dose of soulful, feel-good vibes.

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Crissi Cochrane “Can We Go Back ” Cover Art. Photo by Dan Boshart and courtesy Crissi Cochrane.

While writing the lyrics back in April, Crissi anticipated that the world would be in need of some soothing amidst the ongoing pandemic. “I knew that this song would be coming out in the summer, when we’d all be feeling exhausted and worn-down by pandemic life,” says Crissi in a recent blog post. “I think that we need art to tell our stories, and I wanted to contribute something that speaks to what it was like to be alive in this time.”

In tandem with its release on all major streaming platforms, the single is accompanied by an official music video, directed by Crissi’s husband and collaborator, Mike Hargreaves. The video captures the artist at home and wearing a mask in downtown Windsor. “In the video, I’m exploring deserted spaces, trying to get a feel for whether or not it’s safe,” says Crissi, who last performed publicly in February at the release show for her 2020 album Heirloom. “At the end, I’m wearing my mask at the river – suggesting that no, I don’t feel safe, and I can’t go back just yet.”

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Crissi Cochrane smiling during her Heirloom album release show at Meteor in downtown Windsor on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Photo by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.

“Can We Go Back” is Crissi’s first co-write, created in collaboration with Dane Roberts, Austin Di Pietro, and Mike Hargreaves, also known as Soul Brother Mike – all fellow members of the Soul City Music Co-op, a music label co-founded at the start of 2020 by Crissi and Mike.

Like a physically-distanced visit from a friend that you’ve been missing, “Can We Go Back” is a balm to soothe the soul in these strange times. The single is available now on all major streaming platforms and on Crissi’s website, and the official music video can be found on YouTube.

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Crissi Cochrane playing her guitar inside her home during an interview on Jan. 29, 2019. Photo by Dan Boshart/Eyes On Windsor.

About Crissi Cochrane

Crissi Cochrane fashions a sultry, soulful brand of popular music, combining her Nova Scotian singer-songwriter roots with her love of jazz, retro pop, and classic soul. Since going viral on Spotify with more than 13 million plays of her 2014 album Little Sway, Crissi has become a household name in Windsor Ontario, beloved for her silky vocals, expert songwriting, and fierce musicianship. Her latest 2020 album Heirloom features a small orchestra, with mix engineering by Juno-nominated engineer Brandon Unis. Crissi delivered a popular TEDx talk in 2017 on her side-hustle of writing custom love songs for listeners around the world, has showcased at festivals including the Junos and Canadian Music Week, and is the co-founder of Windsor music label Soul City Music Co-op.

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