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PREMIERE: Joel Stanton Releases “Luck”

Joel Stanton writes and produces electronic pop music in Seattle. When he’s not writing and performing as lead singer for dream-pop outfit Perfect Families, Joel spends his downtime exploring the digital landscape of synth and drum modules. Over three years and dozens of bedroom demos Joel honed in on a sound that balances dreamy vocals, drowsy synth layers, and down-tempo rhythms. His vocal-forward approach is an ode to the pop music tradition that has inspired him since day one.

Joel draws much of his electronic influence from contemporaries like Frank Ocean and Blood Orange, while a fondness for Paul Simon and Hall and Oates linger in his singer-songwriter subconscious.

Luck is the fourth release from the Seattle pop singer. The track was self-produced, with help from brother and long-time collaborator Micah Smith (murmn, beakr).

About the song, he comments:

With this song I wanted to get in the head of a struggling artist who, while dedicated to the craft, is having trouble balancing the roles of provided and musician. In the midst of a creative dry spell it’s difficult to convince yourself (and others) to keep creating for many years to come with no guarantee of success. You start to wonder… how much of this is based on luck?

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