Endless Forms is the solo project of Tulsa-based artist Justin Allen. In the wake of breaking off an engagement and dropping out of college, Allen began Endless Forms earnestly in 2014 as a therapeutic creative outlet. After a few close friends heard demos and insisted he play live by offering to be his backing band, Allen began taking Endless Forms on the road all while recording two albums under the name in 2014 and 2017.
Amidst lineup changes and fielding licensing offers (eventually securing an appearance on an upcoming episode of Netflix’s Elite), Allen decided to put Endless Forms on hiatus in 2017 to focus on other creative outlets.
The period between then and this May’s comeback LP More Than Candy was anything but a lull for Allen. Finding time to write a novel about the Los Angeles art scene while taking up weekly marathons and producing music, he decided it was time to start working on a third Endless Forms album in the wake of a friend shelving a record they’d been working on. Initially started as a set of ambient tracks, Candy became Endless Forms’ most fully-fledged foray into pop-minded songcraft while holding onto elements of its ambient origins.
“I was reading a lot of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke when I wrote this song, who writes a lot about how the world doesn’t come alive until we witness it [and] that we are building God with our increasing awareness of the world,” Allen says about new single and album opener ‘Everything Still Waits for Me.’ “That feeling is really the starting point of the entire album’s journey of learning how to keep desire alive even when it breaks your heart.”