TOYO highlights those crossroads that demand decisiveness while acknowledging the former self. Mourning what has come to pass while submitting to the unrelenting wash of time. It’s a reflection on human relationships and our relationship to the Earth. Embracing life, waiting out the flood, and thinking of you often.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “TOYO”?
TOYO is the latest addition to my EP, Late Bloomer. It’s a continued exploration of ethereal, dream pop sounds. Lyrically, it highlights those crossroads that demand decisiveness while acknowledging the former self. Mourning what has come to pass while submitting to the wash of time. It’s a reflection on human relationships and our relationship to the Earth.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
This year has been full of challenges and growth. Therapy has sort of blown everything wide open. Offering one epiphany after another along with one series of questions after another. TOYO reflects this progression. The “You” in Thinking Of You Often, refers to myself, loved ones, and the world around me.
How was the recording and writing process?
I began with the acoustic guitar progression that you hear throughout the track. My songs typically begin this way, playing guitar and singing until ideas coalesce. I auditioned more layers from drum machines and synths until a form started to take shape. I discovered that a sample from an older Tin Foil Hat song titled Holding Out For Good Luck fit nicely over the harmony of the song. This is the rhythmic sample heard throughout the track. I love how this newer introspective song ended up being nested within an older plea for clarity.
What role does Asheville play in your music?
I grew up just outside of Asheville in Candler, NC. The Blue Ridge Mountains have a way of making you feel insignificant and special at the same time. This duality has informed my sensibilities, musical and otherwise, throughout my life. My music contains familiar elements yet others that loom and relegate perception to shadow.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new album – how’s that coming along?