At long last, Babyman, the debut full-length from Simon Doom, is available now on Votiv. In celebration of the release, Simon has premiered the video for the album’s lead single “I Feel Unloved” on Noisey alongside an artist-on-artist interview with director Nicholas Gazin. “I Feel Unloved”, the audio for which premiered back in March (also on Noisey), has been featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday and was named one of the best songs of 2017 by NME Magazine in April. The track highlights O’Conor’s ability to incorporate a lifetime’s worth of musical experience into a brand of power pop that is at once innovative and accessible. It’s the perfect introduction to the incredibly diverse and meticulously arranged Babyman album, the stream for which premiered last week with Clrvynt.com.
As John Hill from Clrvynt put it in the stream premiere for Babyman “Doom has nailed down how to imbue a song with both undeniable catchiness and rich atmosphere”. The record, which was co-produced by Andrew Vanwyngarden and Ben Goldwasser (both of MGMT) is Simon O’Connor’s post-baby record much in the way In Utero was for Kurt Cobain or Smoke Rings For My Halo for Kurt Vile. That sort of perspective can either kill an artist or push him to new creative heights. Babyman undoubtedly puts Simon Doom in the latter category.
Whether it be his role in more prominent bands like Kuroma and Amazing Baby or taking a comical approach to the lyrics, there was always something O’Connor could point to indicating Simon Doom was ‘just a hobby project’ in the past. Then in late 2015, O’Connor had his doomsday clock officially punched when his wife gave birth to their son. Feeling as though it may be his last chance to go all-in on the project, O’Connor fought through what was a year-long creative drought to come up with 10 songs in just over a month. The resulting album, Babyman, explores sources that O’Connor hadn’t been able to fully tap into on his previous two EPs while simultaneously cherry-picking the best aspects of both of those releases. The result is a record that tackles a lot of concepts both sonically and lyrically without straying too far away from what O’Connor’s ambitions were with the album.
You can find Simon’s tour dates below.
May 24 – The Ballroom at The Outer Space – Hamden, CT (w/ Piebald)
May 25 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Piebald)
June 01 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Lemon Twigs)
June 11 – Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Culture Abuse)
June 16 – Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY (Dead Heavens Album Release Party)
6/1 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Williamsburg Hall of Music^