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Skylar Spence shares new track “Affairs”

ANNOUNCES PROM KING FALL TOUR
PROM KING DUE SEPTEMBER 18TH VIA CARPARK RECORDS

Approaching the end of a summer tour hitting the East Coast, with Lollapalooza and Osheaga Festivals this coming weekend, Sklyar Spence is back today to share a new single from his forthcoming debut LP Prom King. “Affairs,” played exclusively on Sirius XMU this past weekend, is the album’s second single, showing a different side of Skylar Spence from lead single “Can’t You See.” Where the latter is a sugar rush of a summer anthem, “Affairs” works on the moodier side of the pop spectrum. Speaking about its origin, Skylar Spence’s Ryan DeRobertis said the song was inspired by “a dream about running into someone I used to be close to and they didn’t recognize me. I felt like I had to put on a disguise to salvage that relationship, and in the end I didn’t have the ability to carry that on.”
Its release comes in conjunction with Skylar Spence’s announcement of the Prom King Fall Tour, a forthcoming run of dates that will see DeRobertis and band hit the West Coast (joined by KERO KERO BONITO), South and Midwest with stops at Treasure Island Music Festival, Beach Goth Festival and Corona Capital Music Festival along the way.

 

Check out the “Affairs” along with the recent video for “Can’t You See” and all upcoming Skylar Spence tour dates below now.

 

STREAM: “Affairs” – https://soundcloud.com/carparkrecords/skylar-spence-affairs-2

 

STREAM: “Can’t You See” – https://soundcloud.com/carparkrecords/skylar-spence-cant-you-see

 

WATCH: “Can’t You See” – http://youtu.be/f8ZTDqYoSi4

When Ryan DeRobertis announced the name change of his project from Saint Pepsi to Skylar Spence, there was no indication of any stylistic departure, though the change arrived with a musical shift toward faster tempos and more pristine production. Whereas Saint Pepsi had often used decades-old boogie, disco, and new wave as grist for the sampling mill, Skylar Spence is intent on trafficking more overtly in those genre aesthetics through his own production techniques and vocal contributions. With Prom King, DeRobertis reorients his music for his new full-band live act and winds up with an album full of tight and enveloping dance tunes.

 

Working with Carpark Records “gave me the confidence to ‘go big’ with the new material: to write pop songs with universal messages in the sonic wrapping paper that I’ve grown accustomed to,” DeRobertis says. “A few songs on Prom King are about specific events in my life-a party where I got too messed up, watching a friend’s life spiral out of control and trying to help-but I tried hard not to be too autobiographical because I want my music to unite, above all else. I’m much more interested in connecting with the listener than mystifying my personality.”

 

While DeRobertis’ previous long-players have been more amorphous collections in the style of beat tapes, Prom King is compact and cohesive, with the album’s varied stylistic references (new wave, UK garage, boogie) united through strong guitar melodies and Todd Edwards-ian cobblings-together of tiny vocal samples. “I slowed some music down and called myself an artist,” DeRobertis sings on lead single “Can’t You See,” acknowledging in his lyrics what is already apparent in the music’s tone-he can maintain fidelity to his vision while working in more uptempo, disco-based song structures. “Ridiculous!” and “Bounce Is Back” are big groovers that capitalize on jacking hi-hats and hand drumming, respectively, and both have an air of Balearic warmth and smoothness. On the title track, DeRobertis entwines a chorus of unintelligible but expressive samples with his own vocals-what feels like a synthesis of two approaches-and the result is an affecting pattern of build and release. More contemplative sophisti-pop numbers like “Fall Harder” and “Affairs” add a realist’s breadth of scope: thoughts of past foibles bleed into present-dwelling and dancing. Prom King is DeRobertis making sense of missed opportunities. His high school did not have a prom king; he has filled the position with an imaginative album of personal and musical revisionism.

Tour Dates
07/30 Allston, MA – Great Scott
07/31 Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival
08/02 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
10/14 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club*
10/15 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey*
10/16 Portland, OR – Holocene*
10/17-18 San Francisco, CA – Treasure Island Music Festival
10/22 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo*
10/23 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar*
10/24 Santa Ana, CA – Beach Goth Festival
10/25 Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar
10/26 Tucson, AZ – Solar Culture
10/27 Albuquerque, NM – Stereo Bar
10/28 El Paso, TX – Lowbrow Palace
10/29 San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
10/30 Dallas, TX – Cambridge Room
10/31 Austin, TX – Stubb’s Jr.
11/02 Norman, OK – Opolis
11/03 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
11/04 Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
11/15 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
11/17 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room
11/18 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
11/19 Orlando, FL – The Social
11/20 Miami, FL – Bardot
11/21-22 Mexico City, Mexico – Corona Capital Festival
* = w/ Kero Kero Bonito
Skylar Spence
Prom King
(Carpark)
Sept 18, 2015
Pre-order:
Carpark –  http://bit.ly/1MIqYCN
1. Intro
2. Can’t You See
3. Prom King
4. I Can’t Be Your Superman
5. Ridiculous!
6. Fall Harder
7. Bounce is Back
8. Affairs
9. All I Want
10. Cash Wednesday
11. Fiona Coyne

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