If you stay anywhere long enough, you'll inevitably see some changes. Even when you know that hometowns all across the country have been torn down and built up over and over again–just like yours, it doesn't make it feel any less personal. Tomo Nakayama and I both grew up here in the Seattle Area and have had a front row seat to the buildings and cranes sprouting in our skyline while we, like everyone else, find ways to stay in the city we love. When Tomo and I first started planning the release of Melonday, he sent me the album and the closing track really got me right in the gut. "There Goes the Neighborhood" is a pop song, but one that cuts deep into anyone feeling the uncertainty of progress and the future of home.
In the months of planning the record, we never once specifically talked about this song until I woke up one morning and told Tomo about my idea for the video. We were on the same page. This would also be our first real artistic collaboration. All the photos in the video were made from Kodachrome and Ektachrome slides of the Pacific Northwest in the 1950s to the 1970s that I've collected over time. Some belonged to my family and some once belonged to strangers that visited the Seattle World's Fair, Pioneer Square and rode the Monorail.
Longtime fans of Tomo Nakayama will hear the obvious stylistic departure from the folk albums you've gotten to know over the years, but the same voice and heart run through Melonday in the best way.
The record comes out April 7th, 2020 and Is available to purchase here.
From fronting beloved indie band Grand Hallway, to playing guitar for legendary Sunny Day Real Estate singer Jeremy Enigk, Tomo Nakayama has spent the entirety of this young millennium building his name on sensitive, intricate, mostly acoustic music in the folk/chamber-pop/singer-songwriter realm. But after two critically acclaimed solo albums, he’d hit a particularly long and frustrating creative dry spell. The tried and true process he had honed over the years was no longer working. He needed to clear his palette.
The result is Melonday. With the help of longtime collaborator Yuuki Matthews (producer/bassist of the Shins and Teardrops with late great Richard Swift), Nakayama created a beautiful shimmering electronic album that fits on a playlist right alongside Chromatics, M83 and Washed Out.
Melonday will be released April 7, 2020. Pre-orders will ship the week before and include a "Tomo" melon enamel pin.
CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER "MELONDAY" AND A FREE ENAMEL PIN.
Tenderfoot is the gut-wrenchingly beautiful folk project led by Adam Woods. I met Adam years ago and asked him to play an intimate show at Porchlight opening for Waxahatchee. Along with the rest of the crowd, I was incredibly impressed with the vulnerability, openness and beauty of Adam's set. He has since gone on to record a perfect winter album with the help of Jude Miqueli, Gabriel Molinaro, and Darcey Zoller. Look forward to February 2nd, when "Break Apart" is available on vinyl and digitally. Pre-order the album HERE to get it shipped to you before anyone else.
Head over to Exclaim! to see the brand new video from Danielle Fricke. It's "spinning" now.
CBC - "London's Danielle Fricke has finally released her brand new album Moon, and it was worth the wait. It's dark and introspective in an authentic way, and awash with textures and depth. You want to listen to this in headphones to dissect each track.
Wake The Deaf - "The wonder of the album is that the human emotions of love and longing never evaporate, continuing to push through the frost where they are warmed by earthshine, opening up the possibility that the very feelings which caused the pain could be the things which end it."
GoldFlakePaint - "Fricke’s own take on loneliness and longing doesn’t always have a happy ending. What you get is a purer, real world perspective on how it feels to really miss someone, something or some place – even things you never had."
Indie Underground - "You’ll naturally find yourself captivated by Danielle’s soft and delicate voice, especially when paired with her mesmerizing instrument combinations."
Grayowl Point - "It makes a lot of sense that Fricke first made an impression on me with a gorgeous Christmas EP about a year ago. Moon carries that same kind of wonderful warmth."
Danielle Fricke's debut full length is limited to 300 copies on white vinyl. Today, November 6th, you can pre-order the record (which will ship December 4th) and get an immediate digital download as soon as you place your order. Grab the record by clicking the picture above and watch the brand new video for "Mourning Dove" right below!
Danielle Fricke's debut full length is limited to 300 copies on white vinyl. This Friday, November 6th, you can pre-order the record (which will ship December 4th) and get an immediate digital download as soon as you place your order.
We are beyond excited to be releasing a full length from Danielle Fricke entitled "Moon". It's a sweet, haunting album that is well-suited for it's release month of November. Fans of Juliana Barwick, Marisa Nadler, Keaton Henson and Zola Jesus--"Moon" will be right up your alley. On November 6th, we'll release the standard LP as well as a gorgeous special edition that includes a hand made booklet and signed print.
AUGUST 22 - SUMMIT BLOCK PARTY, SEATTLE, WA
AUGUST 22 - SEATTLE ACOUSTIC FESTIVAL, SEATTLE, WA
US/CANADA TOUR 2015
8/30 - Spokane, WA @ Ink Artspace/Spark Center (1214 W. Summit Pkwy)
9/1 - Minneapolis, MN @ Living Room Show (6009 Dublin Circle Edina, MN)
9/3 - Chicago, IL @ Living Room Show (email email@example.com to RSVP)
9/4 - Cincinnati, OH @ Collective Espresso (207 Woodward St)
9/5 - Kent, OH @ Knowhere (111 Overlook Dr.)
9/6 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Milliron Studios (5523 Penn Ave)
9/7 - Philadelphia, PA @ Ox Coffee (616 S 3rd St)
9/9 - Ottawa, Canada @ Living Room Show (email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP)
9/10 - New York, NY @ Orbital (155 Rivington Street, FL4) BUY TICKETS
9/11 - Washington DC @ The Commune (1605 15th St NW)
9/12 - Asheville, NC @ Westwood Cohousing (43 Vermont Ct)
9/13 - Savannah, GA @ The Sentient Bean (13 E Park Ave)
9/14 - Tampa, FL @ tba
9/15 - New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar (1032 St Charles Ave)
9/16 - Lafayette, LA @ Secret Show (tickets and details TBA)
9/17 - Shreveport, LA @ Rhino Coffee (721 Southfield Rd)
9/19 - Denver, CO @ Ironwood (14 S Broadway)
9/24 - Wenatchee, WA @ Two Bar (email email@example.com to RSVP)
9/25 - Boise, ID @ District Coffee House (219 N 10th St)
9/26 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Big Cartel (252 S. Edison Street) BUY TICKETS
9/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Living Room Show* (email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP)
9/30 - Mountain View, CA @ Red Rock Coffee (201 Castro St)
10/1 - San Francisco, CA @ The Lost Church (65 Capp St) Presented by You’re Going to Die
10/3 - Portland, OR @ Living Room Show (3639 SE 74th Ave)
10/4 - Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern / Macefield Music Festival
Tomo Nakayama, former singer of Grand Hallway, has released an incredibly beautiful record entitled "Fog On The Lens". To celebrate, he went on a marathon of shows around Seattle--playing 14 in less than 24 hours. Watch the video and download the whole album right here.